The specialization in Social Communication (M.A./ Licentiate) prepares students for two distinct career tracks:
1. Students planning to pursue, with a doctoral degree, a career in academic institutions, in research, or advocacy, acquire solid foundation in theory and research methods.
2. Those preparing for becoming leaders in media organizations and communication offices, acquire practical competences in the Social Teaching of the Church, in media management, social movements, and leadership, in addition to theory.
The Social Communication program is fully integrated into the Faculty of Social Sciences as one of its three specializations. Communication, the Social Teaching of the Church and Sociology together constitute a mutually enriching interdisciplinary framework for media and social communication.
Subjects related strictly to communication comprise around two thirds of the curriculum which includes the study of classic and contemporary theoretical perspectives as well as media production courses and professional training. Professional core competences are addressed in three courses: narration, image and sound, and media policy and management. Professional training covers traditional journalism, radio, TV-video, Public relations but also the present environment of ‘social’ & multi-media converging in internet and gaming, comprehensive of old and new media formats.
We endeavor to teach graduates the nature of communication processes and their effects on individuals, community, and society. They learn how to communicate effectively and ethically as Catholic leaders in media industry and social communication at large. Our former students work as academics, in Catholic media, in pastoral communication or in offices of communication.
Prof. Johannes Ehrat S.J. describes the relevance and characteristics of our program in social communication.