M.A. in Media & Communication
Thank you for expressing interest in the Master of Arts Program in Media and Communication offered by the University of Indianapolis in Athens. Our objective is to train students to meet the challenges arising from the globalization of our contemporary cultural and political information exchanges. The field of media and communication examines how messages circulate within this environment, both reflecting and shaping our experiences. Within this M.A. program, students have the opportunity to develop new critical thinking skills, as it combines a study of current theories with practical application of these theories in a wide range of professional settings.
All classes are held at our convenient central Athens Campus near Syntagma Square. Courses are offered in the evening to minimize conflicts for those with demanding work schedules. M.A. students are also required to attend an intensive summer session at our home campus in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. We hope that you will find the M.A. in Media and Communication to be an interesting and challenging program. We look forward to discussing our program further with you in the context of your background and special interests.
Aims and Philosophy of the Program
Mass communication has become a very important part of everyday
life. We all watch the television, read the papers, listen to the radio, and make use of the World Wide Web; we are all informed and influenced by the messages conveyed by the media. The mass media have been described as both a powerful source of definitions of, and as a window to, the world. Indeed, either as a neutral mediator or as a selective filter, the mass media are engaged in the production, reproduction, and distribution of knowledge. The study of mass communication has therefore acquired a significant role in intellectual and professional life.
The focus of the Master of Arts in Media and Communication is the central position that the mass media occupy in society as well as the social, economic, cultural, and psychological implications of this position. The objective of the program is to provide an advanced understanding of mass communication processes and
concepts, as well as to improve students' competence in dealing
with media production and consumption. By the end of the
course, students will be able to comprehend media production, as well as to criticize media content in a constructive manner.
The Master of Arts program provides a curriculum which focuses on the social, economic, cultural, legal and public policy implications of the mass media rather than simply offering an advanced degree in journalism and broadcasting. It also provides opportunities for students to specialize in particular areas in order to prepare for careers in media research, public relations, journalism, media criticism, advertising, media management and media regulation. In addition, the program enhances career development for media practitioners, prepares students for high-level employment in media-related professions, and provides a theoretical and methodological training route for students wishing to further their theoretical and analytical research competencies.
The program appeals to a market consisting of people willing to work or already working in the area of mass communication. It also pertains to a number of professions in which communication skills are essential, such as consultancy in large organizations and/or public institutions, communication research and analysis, media production, and cultural critique.
M.A. IN MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION PROGRAM OF STUDY
- Introduction to Mass Communication Theory 3 credits
- Public Opinion and Political Communication 3 credits
- Media Effects 3 credits
- Research Methods in Media & Communication 3 credits
- Mass Communication Ethics and Law 3 credits
- Media Management and Advertising 3 credits
- News Production 3 credits
- Public Relations Theory 3 credits
- Communication, Culture and Society 3 credit
- Theory and Criticism of Media Production 3 credits
- Topics in Communication 3 credits
- Practicum 6 credits
- Thesis / Project 6 credits