PhD in Communication Studies

The PhD in Communication Studies has been designed to nurture the next generation of leaders within the areas of research and education in the field of communications. Graduates with this degree will have their eye on translating their vision into policymaking and shaping the future of the industry.

The program will provide students with a unique set of skills displaying professional competence, commitment and visionary thinking. Professional competence is defined as theory construction, speculative discourse, independent research, meta-thinking, and innovative problem-solving. Commitment is characterized by multicultural sensitivity and professional and academic ethics. Finally, visionary thinking represents the ability to remain globally-minded while locally-based. Through their courses, participants will learn to keep their finger on the pulse and to think outside the box. By examining the intricate dynamics between knowledge, mankind, and community, students will keep their work reflective of social realities and meaningful to the world today.

To develop a unique study plan showcasing the students’ vision, the program encourages participants to explore their own research focus within the boundaries of their major and minor areas, grounded within the program. Throughout the journey, adviser mentorship, including a one-on-one research dialogue, is fostered. This partnership is vital to heightening awareness, refining craftsmanship, and fortifying the students’ development into academically-skilled yet socially-minded practitioners.

To reflect industry trends, students will be expected to focus on at least one of the following three areas: (i) rhetoric and strategic communication, (ii) communication technologies and influence, and (iii) cultural action and participatory communication. Meanwhile, curricular planning is jointly undertaken by interested Shih Hsin faculty members, who are joined by senior scholars from countries such as China. These visiting academics partner with professors at Shih Hsin to help students align their studies within the context of international developments.
Our PhD graduates can choose from a diversity of employment options. They can teach in the university, serve as senior administrators in news or media outlets, become full-time researchers at institutes, or seek careers as public servants in government agencies.

Distinguished Alumni
Dr. Ching-Ho Chen
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Director of the Office of Academic Affairs
Professor, Department of Radio, Television & Film, Shih Hsin University

Dr. Chiu Shu-Hwa
Vice President for Public Affairs
Director of the Office of Public Affairs
Professor, Department of Public Relations and Advertising, Shih Hsin University

Dr. Chi-Shen Ho
Head of the Legal Affairs Department, National Communications Commission

Dr. Chen Ya Lin
Anchorwoman at Sanlih TV

Dr. Caroline Lin,
Associate Professor
The Graduate Institute of Journalism, National Taiwan University

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