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A Look Into Goucher’s Three New Master’s Programs


In the last year, Goucher has created three new Master’s degree programs: Applied Policy Analysis, Digital Communication, and Environmental Sustainability and Management. These programs take roughly two years to complete, and students can choose between online or hybrid formats. 

The Applied Policy Analysis Master’s degree program aims to give students a wide range of data-analysis tools they may use to answer various queries and analyze different data types. Students will learn precisely how to evaluate, depict, write about, and discuss real-world issues with a larger audience.

The overarching goal of this curriculum is to prepare students for various data analyses and presenting scenarios. The objective is to provide a situation in which the abilities required to carry out a wide range of data and policy analysis may be developed and then used in a number of contexts.

Students take classes in areas such as data analytics, ethics, and behavioral analysis. Some careers you can do after doing this degree are policy analyst, economist, quantitative researcher, data science, and so much more! The director of this program is Dr. Asha Shepard. The Quindecim contacted Dr Shepard, who could not be reached for comment.

 The Digital Communication Master’s degree program gives students the tools they need to become influential authors, producers, and assessors of digital content and effective strategic communication. Students take conventional and digital communication classes such as Foundations of Strategic Communication, Digital Arts Production, Digital Culture and Technology.

Career choices typical to this degree include marketing specialists, public relations managers, and advertising sales and management. The director of this program is Dr. Siobahn Stiles.

When asked why she wanted to become this program’s director, Stiles stated wanted this job because of the opportunities for teaching and administration. She loved teaching, but she also loved managing people. Before she was at Goucher, she was at Huntingdon College in Alabama.

Stiles wanted to leave the South because it didn’t feel right, and it didn’t feel like home to her. She also liked the two specializations within the communications program, production and strategic communications, because both are growing career fields. Stiles specializes in strategic communications but wants to understand and know the production side more to help us students.

The Environmental Sustainability and Management Master’s program is for people who are concerned about growing environmental injustice, species loss, climate change, and resource depletion.Student’s capacity to meet these difficulties with the aid of research, policy, system dynamics, and environmental management is enhanced by earning this degree.

This program has a 4+1 BA/MA option for Goucher undergraduates. Students take  courses in environmental science, economics, management, etc. Career choices typical to this degree include sustainability consultants, environmental risk assessors, and climate policy analysts. The director of the program is Dr. Jennifer da Rosa.

When asked why the environmental sector, Da Rosa responded that she grew up around the environment and fell in love with it. She knew she wanted to do this for the rest of her life. Da Rosa studied geology and oceanography and worked as an oceanographer for the U.S. Navy.

While at the U.S. Naval Academy, she worked with Navy scientists and engineers to develop their environmental and climate communication skills through various outreach experiences that directly engaged stakeholders.  Later, da Rosa became an educator and developed a fascination for climate change cognition – how people learn and think about climate change – and focused her research on this area. 

Sara (she/her) is a first-year and a Staff Writer at The Quindecim. She is a History major and is considering minoring in Communication and Media Studies. Sara is from Lower Merion, PA and a graduate of Lower Merion High School. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, reading, photography, going to museums, spending time in the library and hanging out with friends in the Towson area.

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