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School of Communications
Crawford Hall Room 330
Honolulu, HI 96822

Tel: (808) 956-3340
Fax: (808) 956-5396
E-mail: cominfos@hawaii.edu
Web: www.hawaii.edu/cis


*Graduate Faculty

*J.-I. Kim, PhD (Chair)—communication research methods, communication theories, diffusion of innovations
*E. S. Biagioni, PhD—networking protocol design
*K. Binsted, PhD—artificial intelligence
*T. Brislin, PhD—mass communication, ethics
*T. X. Bui, PhD—electronic commerce, information policy
*H. M. Chen, PhD—information systems
*D. Chin, PhD—artificial intelligence, natural language processing, cognitive science
*W. G. Chismar, PhD—information systems
*M. E. Crosby, PhD—human-computer interaction, cognitive science
*E. J. Davidson, PhD—information systems
*D. Davis, PhD—social impact of communication technology and telecom services
*G. M. Fontaine, PhD—intercultural and organizational communication
*W. M. Gersch, PhD—mathematical statistics, time series
*A. Hac, PhD—software systems, telecommunication networks
*V. H. Harada, PhD—library management
*R. Huard, PhD—human-computer interaction, user research, emerging communication technologies
*S. Y. Itoga, PhD—database systems, expert systems, logic programming
*P. Jacso, PhD— CD ROM technology, computer system analysis
*P. M. Johnson, PhD—software engineering, artificial intelligence
*R. Kazman, PhD—software engineering, human-computer interaction
*B. Keever, PhD—journalism
*R. Knuth, PhD—international librarianship, history of libraries
*E. N. Kunimoto, PhD—intercultural communication
*R. Lamb, PhD—interorganizational technologies, sociotechnical networks
*A. Y. Lew, PhD—systems programming, systems analysis, software engineering
*C. Macdonald, PhD—multimedia, telecommunication
*I. Miyamoto, DrEng—software engineering
*D. M. Nahl, PhD—human-computer interaction, information technology literacy
*D. Pager, PhD—compiler theory, theory of computability, artificial intelligence
*R. R. Panko, PhD—information systems
*W. W. Peterson, PhD—programming languages, software engineering
*D. Port, PhD—software economics
*L. Quiroga, PhD—information retrieval, databases, library systems
*N. Reed, PhD—computer science
*W. E. Remus, PhD—information technology management
*R. H. Sprague, DBA—information sciences
*J. Stelovsky, DrTechSc—computer hypermedia, human computer interaction
*K. Sugihara, DrEng—algorithms, distributed computing, visual languages
*D. Suthers, PhD—technology for learning
*M. Tehranian, PhD—telecommunication policy and planning
*D. J. Wedemeyer, PhD—communication policy and planning, telecommunication
*A. Wertheimer, PhD—information science
*R. G. Worthley, PhD—statistics

Cooperating Graduate Faculty

*J. C. Ady, PhD—intercultural and organizational communication
*D. L. Alden, PhD—marketing communications
*A. R. Arno, PhD—intercultural and organizational communication
*D. Ashworth, PhD—learning technology
*K. Bridges, PhD—computer cartography
*R. W. Brislin, PhD—intercultural communication
*R. Doktor, PhD—international business, organizational behavior, strategy
*J. M. Gersting, PhD—computer science
*J. L. Gersting, PhD—computer science
*C. P. Ho, PhD—instructional technology
*M. K. Lai, PhD—research methods
*M. P. McGranaghan, PhD—computer cartography, geographical information systems
*D. Neubauer, PhD—public policy, political economy
*J. R. Wills, DBA—technology marketing
*S. Zhang, PhD—quantitative research methodology

Affiliate Graduate Faculty

N. Abramson, PhD—electrical engineering
M. F. Jussawalla, PhD—telecommunication and cultural change

Degree Offered: PhD in communication and information sciences

The Academic Program

The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Communication and Information Sciences (CIS) offers a PhD degree integrating and drawing faculty from the fields of communication, computer science, library and information science, and management information systems. Because of the broad knowledge base required to support this interdisciplinary approach, the program also draws on such fields as political science, economics, engineering, operations research, and behavioral sciences.

Recipients of the PhD will undertake careers in industry, government, private organizations, and colleges and universities.

Complete details on this program are outlined in a pamphlet, available from the department chair.

Admission Requirements

  • Master’s degree in business administration, communication, library and information science, information and computer sciences, or a closely related field
  • GRE or GMAT scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Elementary statistics knowledge advisable

Applicants from foreign countries must be academically qualified, proficient in English (TOEFL scores of at least 600 are required), and financially self-sufficient.

Program Requirements

The student will select four areas of emphasis from these seven: communication and information theories, computer software systems, data communications, information storage and retrieval, management information systems, organizational communication policy and planning, and human-computer interaction.

Students must pass comprehensive examinations in the four areas of emphasis and complete and defend an original dissertation.

Course Requirements

Regardless of area of emphasis, students are required to complete the following three core courses with a grade of at least a B:

CIS 701 Communication/Information Theories of Society
CIS 702 Communication/Information Technologies
CIS 703 Communication/Information Research Methods
All students are required to be enrolled while in residence in CIS 720 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Communication and Information Sciences.

Courses for the program are to be selected from among the courses listed below and from graduate offerings in related disciplines as directed by the student’s advisory committee.

Communication/Information Theories

COM 611 Communication Theories (3)
COM 633 Telecommunications Architectures (3)
COM 650 Communication Policy (3)
COM 660 Communication Planning (3)
SOC 611 Macro-Sociological Theory (3)
SOC 612 Micro-Sociological Theory (3)
SOC 711 Seminar in Sociology of Knowledge (3)
ECON 606 Microeconomic Theory I (3)
ECON 607 Macroeconomic Theory I (3)
POLS 610 Political Theory and Analysis (3)
LIS 715 Seminar in Information Policy and Planning (3)

Communication Policy and Planning

COM 633 Telecommunication Architectures (3)
COM 634 Telecommunication Services (3)
COM 650 Communication Policy (3)
COM 660 Communication Planning (3)
LIS 668 The Information Industry (3)
Track 1: National
LIS 715 Seminar in Information Policy and Planning (3)
PLAN 600 Planning Theory and Practice (3)
POLS 670 Introduction to Public Policy (3)
POLS 671 Public Policy (3)
Track 2: International
COM 643 Intercultural Communication (3)
COM 644 International Communication (3)
LIS 715 Seminar in Information Policy and Planning (3)
POLS 630 International Relations (3)
POLS 635 Topics in International Relations (3)
POLS 640 Comparative Politics (3)
POLS 645 Politics and Development: Regional (3)
POLS 735 Peace/Development Connection (3)

Computer Software Systems

ICS 611 Compiler Theory and Construction (3)
ICS 612 Theory of Operating Systems (3)
ICS 613 Advanced Software Engineering (3)
ICS 621 Analysis of Algorithms (3)
ICS 622 Systems Modeling and Evaluation (3)
ICS 641 Theory of Computation (3)
ICS 661 Artificial Intelligence II (3)
ICS 662 Computer Algebra (3)
ICS 681 Computer Graphics (3)
ICS 691 Topics in Software (3)

Culture and Communication in Organizations

COM 623 Organizational Communication (3)
COM 624 Organizational Communication Training (3)
COM 643 Intercultural Communication (3)
ITM 687M Seminar in Information Systems–Communication and Technology (3)
MGT 648 International Business: Environment and Enterprise (3)
MGT 670 International Management and Industrial Relations (3)

Data Communications

ITM 687D Seminar in Information Systems–Telecommunications (3)
ITM 687J Seminar in Information Systems–Data Communication (3)
ICS 451 Data Networks (3)
ICS 651 Computer Networks (3)
EE 449 Computer Communication Networks (3)
EE 668 Telecommunication Networks (3)

Information Storage and Retrieval

LIS 663 Basic Online/CD-ROM Database Searching (3)
LIS 664 Abstracting and Indexing for Information Services (3)
LIS 667 Advanced Online/CD-ROM Database Searching (3)
LIS 670 Introduction to Information Storage and Retrieval (3)
LIS 674 Database Design and Creation (3)
ICS 321 Data Storage and Retrieval (3)
ICS 421 Database Systems (3)
ICS 461 Artificial Intelligence I (3)

Management Information Systems

ITM 660 Current Topics in Information Systems (3)
ITM 683 Management of Information Systems (3)
ITM 684 Decision Support Systems (3)
ITM 704 Doctoral Seminar in Information Systems (3)

Human Computer Interaction

LIS 677 Human Dimension in Information Systems
ICS 463 Human Computer Interaction
ICS 464 Introduction to Cognitive Science
ICS 664 Human-Computer Interaction
ICS 665 User Interfaces and Hypermedia
ICS 667 Advanced HCI Design Methods

CIS Courses

Environmental Studies

Degrees and Certificates Offered: Undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Studies, BA in interdisciplinary studies (emphasis on environmental studies)

See the “Colleges of Arts and Sciences” section of the Catalog for more information.