The CRDM program builds on existing relationships with industry to establish and provide opportunities for student internships, summer employment, and applied research projects in both the Communication and English departments.

As interdisciplinary scholars, students in the CRDM program are uniquely positioned to work alongside professionals from various industries and nonprofit organizations as they pursue their Ph.Ds. Our students come from diverse academic backgrounds. Before starting the program, previous and current students have earned degrees in english, communication, political science, digital media, film, environmental studies, anthropology, biology, nutrition, and more. Through their work in the program, students can gain expertise in the following areas: social media and networks, mobile media, professional writing, rhetoric and composition, film, gaming, education and pedagogy, social and political issues, science and health communication, critical theory, and globalization, among others.PhD students in the CRDM program have skills that make them highly valuable in industries, including excellence in written and oral communication, from ample experience in writing, revision, and conference and classroom presentations; problem solving, honed through years of critical thinking and academic inquiry; research and information management, through experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods; project management and organization, gleaned from designing, undertaking, and facilitating numerous research, teaching, and presentational  projects simultaneously; and leadership and interpersonal communication from their time in front of the classroom and working among peers.

In addition to these skill sets, many CRDM students gain professional experience before entering the program. We enrolled writers, editors, communications and marketing specialists, journalists, ESOL teachers, library information systems specialists, video producers, programmers, and non-profit organizers. CRDM students have participated in a variety of internships, including work with SAS.

Current Partners

CHASS IT: Our students have partnered with CHASS IT in the role of a humanities liason for technical education and assistance. The CHASS IT role is a new position designed to facilitate communication between IT and the academic departments in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

STS: Qualified students may teach Science and Technology Studies (STS) courses. The possibility exists for creating new STS courses for the program, with approval. Students have the added benefit of gaining valuable advising experience with undergraduate STS students. 

If you represent a company interested in working with one of our students as a graduate assistant, or after he or she receives his/her their degree, please contact us.

The following profiles are exemplars of CRDM students and the skill sets they offer: