Tatevik Sargsyan, SOC/PhD ’16
I wanted to be part of the policy narrative.
Tatevik Sargsyan was inspired by her advisor, Laura DeNardis, a leading authority on Internet governance, to focus her research on how information intermediaries shape civil liberties and control access to information. Her studies crystallized her desire to use media and communication to promote freedom of expression. Today, she raises awareness of how national identification systems challenge privacy and human rights. As an AU adjunct professor, she sparks students to think deeply about these critical issues.
The MA in Global Media is offered jointly by the School of Communication and the School of International Service. You may apply through either school—applications are reviewed jointly by both schools, and both need to agree on student admission.
Students generally complete more of their electives in their home school (the school through which they apply) and they receive their diplomas from their home school, but the core requirements for the program are identical in either case. You will take courses in both schools, which will help you develop a deep understanding of the economic, cultural, and geopolitical roles of global communication and how global media operates.
The School of Communication operates on a rolling admissions basis for our graduate programs. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis until programs reach capacity.
Our new Global Media master's is a restructuring of our former MA in International Media. The new program better aligns with the trends in the field, capitalizing on expanded resources and new course offerings. At the same time, the curriculum has been streamlined from 45 credits to 39 credits.
The redesigned degree takes into account global reach, audiences, and perspectives to take advantage of new communication technologies and platforms being used by producers and consumers of global media today. The program better responds to the needs and expectations of students with international backgrounds or those with a desire to work internationally.
The School of Communication has a distinct advantage over comparable institutions in the many experiential learning opportunities offered to students. Internships are a way of life here. Graduate students can receive course credit for one internship, but most students have two or three, thanks to faculty and alumni who share their professional contacts.
We have an active and effective alumni mentoring program that will help you build your professional connections and networks. Through our Dean's Internships, we work with world-class partners to connect select, highly-qualified students with meaningful real-world assignments that create future pathways to jobs. And we have two full-time career advisors to help you land internships and plan your career!