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TAMIU Offers Interactive Social Media Event on MA in Communication Program Posted: 6/11/20

TAMIU Offers Interactive Social Media Event on MA in Communication Program

 

Dr. Ariadne González
Dr. Ariadne González  

 

A first-ever Facebook LIVE interactive event about Texas A&M International University’s  (TAMIU) Master of Arts in Communication program  was offered Tuesday, June 23 at 11  a.m. (CST).

To access the free, LIVE event and learn more about TAMIU’s MA in Communication Program, career possibilities and graduate admissions requirements, participants may click here on the day of the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1195357390811730/

Titled, “Discover a Graduate Degree Option: MA in Communication Program,”  the presentation features TAMIU assistant professors of Communication Dr. Ariadne González and Dr. Ju Oak Kim, Jorge Dimas, TAMIU Graduate School associate director, and recent graduate and now doctoral student Mariana Rodriguez. An interactive Q&A segment allows participants to submit their questions while speakers present.

Titled, “Discover a Graduate Degree Option: MA in Communication Program,”  the presentation features TAMIU assistant professors of Communication Dr. Ariadne González and Dr. Ju Oak Kim, Jorge Dimas, TAMIU Graduate School associate director, and recent graduate and now doctoral student Mariana Rodriguez. An interactive Q&A segment allows participants to submit their questions while speakers present.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for media and communication occupations is expected to rise in coming years from the need to create, edit, translate and disseminate information through a variety of different platforms. The median annual wage for media and communication occupations was $59,230 in 2019.

Dr. González said that an MA in Communication prepares students with advanced communication knowledge and skills highly sought after by employers.

“MA in Communication students, aside from honing their writing, speaking and presentation skills are also  prepared to dissect communication theories, explore methodologies as well as media and cultural identities, manage organizational conflict and communicate effective leadership skills and practices,” Dr. González said, “Graduates are hired by organizations and companies as college instructors, communication consultants, community relations directors, human resources manages, public affairs directors, and public relations officers.”

TAMIU’s MA in Communication Program also features two areas of concentration not available in most Communication graduate programs: Border/Latin American Media Studies and Organizational Communication in Transnational settings. 

TAMIU’s strategic location along the U.S.-Mexico border provides an exceptional laboratory for exploring the importance of journalism, as well as mass, political and organizational communication in a region where two nations meet and where economic asymmetries and major cultural differences affect and transform human interaction, González said.

The first track prepares students to pursue doctoral studies and research careers or practical work in journalism and media studies. The second area of concentration, while also preparing students to pursue doctoral studies in communication or related areas, offers practical training in organizational communication useful to work in the public or private sector planning, administering and evaluating communication practices and strategies, González explained.

“We encourage everyone who is ready to take the next step up in the  Communication profession to join our upcoming Facebook LIVE event,” Dr. González said, “We are planning and look forward to a lively and an informative session, where potential students can engage with us in real time and ask pertinent questions so they can prepare for this Fall.”

For more information, contact Dr. González at 956.326.3036 or email ariadnea.gonzalez@tamiu.edu

Registration for Fall 2020 is now underway.  An online catalog containing a list of all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs is at http://catalog.tamiu.edu

TAMIU  ranks 5th in the nation among the 100 Most Affordable Public Schools with the Highest Return on Investment (ROI), according to ranking authority Great Value Colleges. U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 Edition of its popular Best Colleges guide ranks TAMIU as the second highest-ranked Texas public university in its Best Regional Universities West category and the highest-ranked regional campus of the Texas A&M University System.

Most recently, TAMIU earned a top tier ranking for its COVID-19 response. The 2020 Educate to Career (ETC) College ranking placed TAMIU in Tier I for colleges and universities that have responded to the pandemic in ways that benefit and protect students, especially in terms of available online learning resources. Some 1200 colleges across the nation were reviewed.

As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAMIU’s campus is closed only to the general public. Entry to campus continues for students, faculty, staff and those having legitimate reasons to be on campus. Online and virtual services at the University continue, practicing all CDC Guidelines on gathering, masking and social distancing and with most staff working remotely.  Office hours are subject to change and it is recommended that phone or email contact be made first to determine the office’s schedule of operation.   An online directory is here.

The University’s dedicated COVID-19 website is updated regularly and includes information on office schedules and services, an expansive FAQ, quick links, student resources, official information resources and much more.

 

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