Degree Requirements

General requirements for the Dual-Title Ph.D. in Communication Arts & Sciences and Bioethics are listed below.

Communication Arts & Sciences Coursework

  • At least 21 credit hours in the Communication Arts & Sciences Department (CAS). Credits received while working toward an MA degree may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
  • At least 3 of the 21 required CAS credits must focus on research methods.
  • At least 15 credit hours accumulated in departments other than CAS (e.g., BBH, BMH, BIOET, etc.)

Bioethics Coursework

  • 7 required credits (BMH 501, BMH 502, and BMH 590); at least three additional CAS credits at the 500 level
  • CAS 557 and CAS 562 (required core seminars in CAS) will contribute 6 credits toward the course requirements for Bioethics
  • Two additional credits from a list of approved electives at the 400 or 500 level

Other General Requirements

  • CAS candidacy examination that includes an assessment of a student's potential in the field of bioethics
  • Comprehensive exam that requires student to demonstrate an understanding of various theoretical and methodological approaches to bioethics and an ability to apply them to issues and problems in health communication health
  • Dissertation that contributes fundamentally to both fields