The university next fall will begin offering a doctorate in strategic communication, which will teach students working in nonacademic and professional settings how to effectively counter rumor, misinformation and fear during crises. That will bring to 225 the number of degrees offered at the university, including 30 doctorates.
The program is offered through the Nicholson School of Communication and Media and its courses will provide public-communication strategies on issues such as preparedness for natural disasters, disease management, safe sex and other fields.
“It runs the whole range of crises,” says Timothy Sellnow, director of graduate studies at Nicholson. “Students will be ready to respond from the outset of a crisis to the recovery stage.”
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