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Communication and Information Sciences

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Graduate Faculty

E. J. Davidson, PhD (Chair)—social cognitive aspects of information systems development methods
N. Asato, PhD—Japanese/Japanese American print cultures; Asian librarianship; censorship
A. Auman, PhD—journalism, media ethics
K. Baek, PhD—computer vision, neural computation, machine learning
D. Bhawuk, PhD—organizational behavior, international management
E. S. Biagioni, PhD—networking protocol design
K. A. Binsted, PhD—artificial intelligence, software design for mobile devices, human-computer interaction
W. Buente, PhD—information and communication technologies
T. X. Bui, PhD—electronic commerce, information policy
P. Buskirk, MFA— transmedia storytelling, digital convergence, indigenous representation
H. Casanova, PhD—high performance computing, distributed systems
H. M. Chen, PhD—e-business, service engineering, business-IT alignment, electronic customer relationship management, multimedia database systems, software engineering, enterprise architecture, MIS
D. Chin, PhD—artificial intelligence, natural language processing, user modeling, intelligent agents, intelligent user interfaces, intelligent software maintenance, empirical evaluation, geographic information systems
W. G. Chismar, PhD—information technology, telecommunications, medical informatics
M. E. Crosby, PhD—human-computer interaction, cognitive science, interface design for searching
R. S. Gazan, PhD—social aspects of information technology
J. S. Gorbach, PhD— journalism history, media history, literary journalism, film history, cultural history, democratic theory, mass society theory, propaganda theory, Holocaust, Jewish American studies, postcolonialism, war correspondents
V. Irvin, EdD—reference, public libraries, youth services, literacy practices, practitioner inquiry
P. M. Johnson, PhD—software engineering, high-tech entrepreneurship
R. Kazman, PhD—software engineering, human-computer interaction
J. Kim, PhD— strategic communication, campaign outcomes, media effects
H. K. Kramer, PhD—intercultural communications
J. Leigh, PhD—big data visualization, virtual reality, high performance networking, human augmentics, video game design
D. Li, PhD—enhance privacy and security of internet of things, smart grids, software-defined networks
L. Lim, PhD—database systems
R. Minas, PhD—information system, virtual teams/collaboration, healthcare, decision making, individual cognition, neurals
R. Neo, PhD—persuasive effects of social media cues on political outcomes; cross-national comparative digital media influence on political expression
B. Oppegaard, PhD—mobile place-based media
R. R. Panko, PhD—risks in information systems, organizational communication and technology
D. Pavlovic, PhD—security, software, search and networks, quantum computation
G. Poisson, PhD—cognitive informatics, bioinformatics, machine learning
D. Port, PhD—software economics, management information systems, software engineering
L. Quiroga, PhD—information filtering systems, virtual collaboration, information retrieval, databases, library systems
N. Reed, PhD—artificial intelligence, autonomous agents
S. Robertson, PhD—human-computer interaction, digital government and digital democracy
P-M. Seidel, DrEng habil—formal methods, computer arithmetic, computer architecture, algorithms
N. Sitchinava, PhD—algorithms and data structures, parallel and distributed computation, I/O- and cache-efficient computation
J. Stelovsky, DrTechSc—computer hypermedia, human-computer interaction, cognitive science
S. Still, PhD—bioinformatics/theoretical biology, information theory, machine learning
D. Streveler, PhD—medical informatics, international public health, issues in electronic medical record and telemedicine
K. Sugihara, DrEng—algorithms, distributed computing and database systems, visual languages
D. Suthers, PhD—human-computer interaction; social informatics; technology-enhanced learning
A. Wertheimer, PhD—information science, library history, Japanese-American print culture
J. S. Winter, PhD—communication policy and planning (Asia-Pacific)
R. G. Worthley, PhD—statistics, information technology management
B. Xiao, PhD—human-computer interaction, social media, social-networking, dark side of information technology, data reduction, visualization

Cooperating Graduate Faculty

J. C. Ady, PhD—organizational communication, sojourner adjustment, international negotiation, conflict management
D. L. Alden, PhD—marketing communications
R. Doktor, PhD—international business, organizational behavior, strategy
C. P. Ho, PhD—instructional technology
N. Ordway, PhD—real estate
J. R. Wills, DBA—technology marketing

Degree Offered: PhD in communication and information sciences

The Academic Program

The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in 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 colleges and universities, industry, government, and private organizations.

Complete details on this program are outlined on the website,

Admission Requirements

Requirements in addition to those set by Graduate Division are:

  • Master’s degree in business administration, communication, library and information science, information and computer sciences, or a closely related field
  • GRE or GMAT scores
  • Knowledge of computing
  • Demonstrated potential for conducting independent research
  • Proficiency in English. Minimum TOEFL scores of at least 6600/250/100 (paper/computer/Internet based TOEFL) are required for admission.

Application Requirements

In addition to the information required by Graduate Education, the following must be sent directly to the CIS program, see

  • CIS Preliminary Express Application
  • CIS Supplementary Application, including a statement of purpose, samples of relevant published or unpublished work, and skills applicable to teaching or research assistantships
  • Three letters of recommendation

Program Requirements

The student will select one primary and two secondary areas of emphasis from those currently supported: see At this printing, the areas are: biomedical informatics, communication and information theories, communication policy and planning, human-computer interaction, information systems and services, management information systems, and social informatics.

Students must pass comprehensive exams in the chosen three areas of emphasis, publish a research paper, and complete and defend an original dissertation.

Course Requirements

All students are required to complete the following three core courses with a grade of at least a B.

  • CIS 701 Communication/Information Theories (3)
  • CIS 702 Communication/Information Technologies (3)
  • CIS 703 Communication/Information Research Methods (3)

In addition, all students must:

  • pass at least one approved research methods or data analysis course (in addition to CIS 703) with a grade of B or better
  • enroll in CIS 699 while working with a faculty research mentor to publish a research paper
  • enroll in CIS 720 Interdisciplinary Seminar in CIS (1) every semester until graduation
  • enroll in CIS 800 the final semester before graduation.

Courses to be taken in preparation for the comprehensive exams are to be selected from graduate offerings in related disciplines as directed by the focus area examination committees. Recommended courses as of this printing are listed below. See the program website for other directed readings required by some committees.

Biomedical Informatics

ICS 614 Medical Informatics I (3)
ICS 675 Bioinformatics: Sequences Analysis (3)

Communication/Information Theories

CIS 701 Communication/Information Theories (3)

Communication Policy and Planning

COM 633 Information and Communication Technologies (3)

Human Computer Interaction

ICS 464 Human Computer Interaction I (3)
ICS 664 Human-Computer Interaction II (3)
ICS 667 HCI Design Methods (3)
ICS 668 Social Informatics (3)
LIS 677 Human Dimension in Information Systems (3)

Information Systems and Services

LIS 641 Digital Librarianship (3)
LIS 678 Personalized Information Delivery (3)
ICS 624 Advanced Data Management (3)

Management Information Systems

BUS 630 Managing Information Technology for Strategic Advantage (3)
ITM 660 Current Topics in Information Systems (3)
ITM 685 Electronic Commerce (3)
ITM 704 Doctoral Seminar in Information Systems (3)

Social Informatics

ICS 668 Social Informatics (3)
ICS 669 Social Computing (3)
COM 634 Social Media (3)

CIS Courses

Environmental Studies


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

See the “Undergraduate Education” section of the Catalog for more information.