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Master of Arts, Global Communications

My entire life, I dreamed of living in Paris. My childhood (and now, adulthood) was transient, as I called five cities home before arriving in Paris for my junior year abroad. After graduating from college, I worked in Washington, D.C., but constantly felt France pulling at me to return. After two years in Washington, I moved to Aix-en-Provence, France under the guise of teaching English, but for me it was a chance to recalibrate my career and life goals. My bachelor’s studies had focused on journalism, creative writing, and French, and since graduating, I’d been looking into a wide array of master's programs—everything from graphic design to marketing to media studies. None of them grabbed me until I happened upon AUP’s Master of Arts in Global Communication (MAGC) while I was living in Aix, and was immediately attracted to its international and liberal arts-inspired approach—and Paris.   

While I was anticipating that my studies would benefit from Paris’s global community, I hadn't considered how transformative the AUP cultural trips would be. These trips have allowed me to apply our theoretical work beyond the classroom and have revolutionized the way I experience the world. Thus far, my courses have taken me to London; Rajasthan, India, where I interviewed inspiring musicians at the World Sacred Music Festival about their music and their faith; Krakow, Poland, where we explored the concept of memorial museums at Auschwitz and analyzed how we might apply historical lessons to modern events; and Jura, France, where we observed cheese production from start to finish and met with local producers and experts whom Professor Christy Shields has known for decades. 

Small class sizes ensure that almost everyone in the program knows each other, which makes for vibrant discussions and gives us access to a valuable network of peers.

Anne Elder

One of the biggest values AUP offers is the close relationships we share with each other and our professors, both in and out of the classroom. Small class sizes ensure that almost everyone in the program knows each other, which makes for vibrant discussions and gives us access to a valuable network of peers. Study trips and cultural excursions help create unforgettable moments with our professors, like roaming through India on a battery-operated bus or uncovering a secret nook of the Jardin des Plantes with Professor Doyle, who likes to remind me, “Don’t say I never take you anywhere.” It was these close relationships with professors, paired with the insight I gained during the study trips, that inspired me to write a master’s thesis on migrant chefs in Paris and how they use cuisine as a way to communicate and negotiate their identity in a society with such a dominant culinary culture.  

 Since my first semester, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Clotilde Dusoulier, the food writer behind the blog Chocolate & Zucchini. Through my work with her, I constantly apply the skills I've developed through MAGC, like digital marketing and branding, while gaining practical insight into the world of food media. Experiencing the Parisian culinary scene professionally and for my thesis research has brought to life so many elements that we’ve learned about in the classroom, from the courses that specifically explore cuisine to the very first Global Communications class.