Institute of Communications Research
The Institute of Communications Research is an internationally recognized center for interdisciplinary education, scholarship and public service in communications and culture. Drawing broadly on the social sciences and humanities, the Institute seeks to develop critically interpretive knowledge about communications in a global economy.
The Institute offers a Ph.D. in Communications and Media.
ICR faculty and students regularly make valuable contributions to our field. Click here to read ICR News.
Core traditions: Critically interpretive knowledge in an increasingly global world
As founder Wilbur Schramm envisioned it, the multidisciplinary Institute of Communications Research is "something very unlike a traditional academic department." The continuously changing nature of communications has provoked shifting relations between scholars in the academy and leaders in industry, policy, external funding agencies and public life.
The Institute's doctoral program is strong in all areas that measure excellence and effectiveness, including reputation among peer programs, acceptance rate, quality of applicants, scholarly productivity, teaching excellence, graduate job placement and reputation of graduates.
The Institute today is widely regarded as a campus and national leader in successful interdisciplinary research and instruction. The program is highly selective, each year offering seven or eight places to students who come from among more than two hundred applicants. ICR doctoral students are graduates of superior universities across the United States and around the world. The Institute also provides an interdisciplinary home to graduate students from other departments on the Illinois campus.
Visiting international faculty and scholars also participate in the Institute, often remaining in residence for a year or more. Our recent faculty hires include internationally acclaimed senior faculty in media and communications policy, telecommunications history, gender and ethnic studies of media and communication, media globalization, and the political economy of communication.