University of Wisconsin, Department of Communication Arts

Wisconsin LogoWisconsin CampusThe Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has long been one of the world's leading centers for study and research in communication. It was the first department in the United States to award a Ph.D. degree in the field, and its graduates serve on the faculties of leading universities, in research institutions, and in public and private agencies throughout this country and abroad.

The University of Wisconsin is a Carnegie "Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity" and is a member of the Association of American Universities. From 2010-2014, the University of Wisconsin conferred 75 doctorates in Communication.

Concentrations/Research Emphases 

  • Communication Science
  • Film
  • Media & Cultural Studies
  • Rhetoric, Politics, & Culture

Admission Requirements 

  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Transcripts
  • Writing Sample

Graduate Faculty 

  • Professor Robert Asen, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Assistant Professor Maria Belodubrovskaya, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Associate Professor Kelley Conway, Ph.D., UCLA
  • Professor Jonathan Gray, Ph.D., University of London
  • Professor Michele Hilmes, Ph.D., New York University
  • Professor Robert Glenn Howard, Ph.D., University of Oregon
  • Assistant Professor Eric Hoyt, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Professor Lea Jacobs, Ph.D., UCLA
  • Associate Professor Derek Johnson, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Assistant Professor Jenell Johnson, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Professor Vance Kepley, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Assistant Professor Lori Lopez, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Professor Stephen Lucas, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Associate Professor Louise Mares, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Assistant Professor Sara McKinnon, Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • Assistant Professor Jeremy Morris, Ph.D., McGill University
  • Professor JJ Murphy, M.A., University of Iowa
  • Professor Zhongdang Pan, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Associate Professor Ben Singer, Ph.D., New York University
  • Professor Jeff Smith, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Assistant Professor Catalina Toma, Ph.D., Cornell University
  • Associate Professor Lyn Van Swol, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor Michael Xenos, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Professor Susan Zaeske, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present 

  • Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, 2001, 2003
  • Winans-Wichelns Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address, 2004, 2010
  • Wallace Memorial Award, 2001, 2013

Rankings

Neuendorf, et al., 2007   

  • #1 of 28 Communication Doctoral Degree Programs

NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs  

  • #52 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #66 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012  

  • #45 of 60 programs by Number of Citations

CIOS  

  • Top Ten Research Program in 19 of 99 Research Areas

QS World University Rankings--Communication & Media Studies (2016) 

  • #4 of 200 World Universities
URAP University Rankings--Language, Communication, & Culture
  • #11 of 250 World Universities  
 

Contact Information:

Department of Communication Arts
821 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Director of Graduate Studies: Dr. Jeff Smith

Email: info@commarts.wisc.edu

Website: https://commarts.wisc.edu/