Core Courses

CIS PhD candidates are required to complete three CIS core courses with a grade of B or better. In addition they are required to be enrolled in CIS 720, Interdisciplinary Seminar in CIS, every semester that they are enrolled in the program.

CIS 701

Communication/Information Theories of Society (3 credits)

CIS 702

Communication/Information Technologies (3 credits)

CIS 703

Communication/Information Research Methods (3 credits)

Other Required or Recommended Courses

CIS 720, Interdisciplinary Seminar in CIS (1 credit)

Exploration of relationships between disciplines in social sciences, science and technology, and humanities. Professional development topics. Faculty and student presentations. Offered every semester. Enrollment required every semester. .

CIS 704, Special Topics in Communication and Information Sciences (variable credit)

Seminar reflecting research interests of faculty and current interdisciplinary topics in communication and information sciences. Students may also enroll in other courses from among the courses offered each semester by the four participating departments as needed to develop a broad background in the communication and information sciences and to prepare for the comprehensive examinations. Some of these courses are required preparation for focus area examinations. Contact examination coordinators for details. You may find course descriptions in the university catalog .

Required Research Methods Course

Students are required to take at least one research methods course besides CIS 703. The following is an extensive but not exhaustive list of courses offered in various UH Manoa Departments that can be considered to fulfill the research methods course (besides CIS 703) requirement.

The listed courses range from epistemological topics, to methodological ones, to specific research techniques that CIS students may want to use in their research. You may find further courses in the university catalog.

List of available research courses