Graduate Program

Welcome to the Graduate Program in Communication and Social Justice

The M.A. program in Communication and Social Justice offers students a unique opportunity to pursue media studies in an environment conducive to addressing social justice issues. In particular, the M.A. in Communication and Social Justice bridges two main approaches to the study of communications, media and culture—namely, Political Economy and Critical Cultural Studies.

The political economy of communication typically concerns itself with how policies, regulations, technologies, media institutions, laws, and concentrations of wealth and power affect the media, and conversely the ways in which this affects social, political and economic power structures. Critical Cultural Studies has emerged as an area that focuses on cultural practices, representation in media texts, cultural production and consumption.

Taken together, these two approaches complement and inform one another impacting the interpretation of everyday communicative and symbolic environments.

Through advanced course work and research, the M.A. program will:

  • Prepare students for careers in information/communication sectors such as: community-based public advocacy organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations, communication policy analysis, media research, journalism and multimedia
  • Prepare students to better understand and critically appraise the evolving social, cultural, political and technological environment
  • Prepare students for entry into PhD programs in Communication and cognate fields

For much more detailed information about the Graduate Program, please see the options in the navigation pane on the left.

If you require further assistance, please contact:

  • Graduate Chair, Dr. Valerie Scatamburlo-D'Annibale (
  • Graduate Secretary, Linda Hudson-Chapman (