Communication is a young subject. That partly explains why no ranking in Communication field is available in U.S. News rankings of graduate programs. National Communication Associate has conducted a Communication Doctoral Program Reputational studies, which is the opening of a series of related studies on a three-year cycle.
A report prepared by the NCA Doctoral Education Committee describes the study’s methodology as well some controversies surrounding it. Tables of data ranking Ph.D. programs based on nine specialty areas can be accessed here.
The nine specialty include:
Communication and Technology
Critical/cultural Studies of Communication/Media
Health Communication
Intercultural/International Communication
Interpersonal/Small Group Communication
Mass Communication Research
Organizational Communication
Political Communication
Rhetorical Studies
The data might work as reference for students interested in communication doctoral programs. However, the rank should be taken into account with reservation due to the limitations and controversies discussed in the report. For those who seek for an appropriate program, the comprehensive list of 71 schools with 132 doctoral programs in Communication prepared by NCA’s Research Board is of great value. [You should have Microsoft Excel to open the files]
VBPro is a set of programs for content analysis, written by M. Mark Miller. They are based on DOS OS thus might be a pain for Windows users who have got used to mouse. According to the author, VBPro works fine under Windows. Some other computer content analysis programs can be found here.
The site for Kimberly A. Neuendorf’s The Content Analysis Guidebook is a good source of contenet analysis.


    Yin on November 21st, 2004 at 10:08 pm
  • Why people divide communication into so many specific divisions?! It is just a dependant on sociology, psychology, anthropology, linguistics…

  • Dan Li on November 22nd, 2004 at 2:31 pm
  • In a broad sense, all natural and social sciences are the application of philophy. Does that keep them from developing into more speicific fields?
    The division might not cover every corner of communication studies, but it may work fine as a direction for researchers to put emphases in different areas.

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