Our master of arts degree emphasizes methodological and theoretical exploration in various areas of journalism, and in the form and content of media. Students acquire tools for conducting graduate-level research and for producing scholarship. Students with professional backgrounds apply their experience in advertising, emerging media, film, the Internet, media management, print, public relations, and television to deeper studies of their effects at social and individual levels.
Students develop a deep understanding of the media and develop expertise on journalistic and mass-mediated problems and issues. They become better consumers of media messages, developers of content, and critics of mediated subject matter.
Because each student’s goals are unique, the program is flexible in developing individual program curricula. In the end, students balance the discipline’s varied traditions in theory, history, and research with attention paid especially to the changing media landscape of the twenty-first century.