For those of you thinking about MA programs in the humanities/social-sciences, see below about this interesting MA program in environmental communication.
Title: New M.A. program at JMU offers Environmental Communication
Hi all–we are very excited to announce our new graduate program in Communication and Advocacy, which offers concentrations in environmental and health communication. ?If you have undergraduate students who are looking at graduate programs please let then know about our new program–review of applications will begin on December 1, 2012. ?We have several assistantships to award.
*New M.A. Program in Communication and Advocacy at James Madison University* The School of Communication Studies at James Madison University is pleased to announce its new Master of Arts program in Communication and Advocacy with concentrations in health communication and environmental communication. The 36-credit hour program combines core coursework in communication theory and research, rhetoric and advocacy studies, and interpersonal and organizational communication with concentrated coursework in health and environmental communication. Coursework and learning experiences examine advocacy in local, regional, national and global contexts and highlight important relations between culture, identity and communication. Students are given the option of a thesis or internship for their completion requirements. Our M.A. program offers small class sizes taught by faculty recognized for their outstanding teaching and scholarship. Our curriculum is designed to provide students with the competencies necessary to be skilled, effective and ethical advocates in the face of rapidly changing 21st century issues, contexts, publics, and communication technologies, while preparing students interested in advancing to doctoral programs with the theoretical and methodological training needed to be competitive in nationally recognized doctoral programs.
Our program offers competitive graduate assistantships that include both a stipend and tuition remission. Students with experience in undergraduate debate and individual events have the opportunity to apply for assistantships with JMU?s nationally recognized programs. Graduate assistants in our School participate in a comprehensive teaching training program and have access to professional development training through James Madison University?s Center for Faculty Innovation (http://www.jmu.edu/cfi/
) and Center for Instructional Technology (http://cit.jmu.edu/
), providing them with a strong foundation for advancement to doctoral programs and teaching professions.
Applications for Fall 2013 program admission and competitive assistantships are being accepted through February 15, 2013. For more information about our program and admissions requirements, please see the School of Communication Studies website at www.jmu.edu/commstudies
 and our blog at http://macommstudiesjmu.com/
 or contact our Graduate Program Director, Dr. Melissa Alem?n at firstname.lastname@example.org
James Madison University is a rapidly growing university of over 20,000 students and has been ranked among the top five public, master?s-level universities in the South in the annual poll on academic quality conducted by /U.S. News & World Report/ for its guide, ?2012 Best Colleges.? ?JMU is located in Harrisonburg, VA, at the center of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, 25 minutes from the Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest. A Main Street Community with a population of nearly 50,000, it is approximately one hour from historic Charlottesville, 2 hours from Washington, D.C. or Richmond, and 3 ? hours from the Chesapeake Bay.