Graduate Program

Communication Studies

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Semester of Degree Completion

Spring 2024

Thesis Director

S. M. Walus

Thesis Committee Member

Chigozirim U. Sodeke

Thesis Committee Member

Marita Gronnvoll


This creative thesis examines the influence of televised narratives on shaping the educational experiences of Black American students, exploring the interplay between media representation and educational belonging. It proposes how televisual narratives can better reflect and support the educational identities of Black American students, aiming to foster a greater sense of belonging and representation in educational media. This document serves as an accompaniment to the center of this work, a twelve minute pilot episode that explores the challenges and triumphs of students navigating their educational journeys. This work not only provides a detailed breakdown of the episode's narrative and production techniques but also illustrates how targeted televisual narratives can significantly contribute to reflecting and supporting educational aspirations and cultural identities.