The SOJC’s Media and Social Action Academic Residential Community is a brand-new physical and intellectual space, launching in fall 2017, for first-year students who are interested in communication and passionate about social issues.

Students will live and take classes with a cohort that shares their interest in using communication to change the world.

Here, you will learn how to harness digital, social, and news media to raise awareness, shape attitudes, and move people toward meaningful action.

Through exclusive learning opportunities coordinated by the SOJC, you will:

  • Create compelling stories using digital, print, social, and mobile technologies
  • Learn how to plan and implement strategic communication plans for social good
  • Better understand community and group behaviors and needs through interdisciplinary courses
  • Participate in exclusive learning partnerships with community organizations in Oregon and beyond

Starting Lineup

Meet the professors and instructors who will be guiding you and the other Media and Social Action ARC students through the four courses you’ll be taking together this academic year.

Important Dates

Winter 2017
Submit Media & Social Action application
Select ARC on University Housing application

Spring 2017
Receive your letter of admission status

Fall 2017 
Move into Media & Social Action ARC
Begin Media & Social Action classes

You will be pre-enrolled in three required courses (one in each term) that will cover media and social/civic issues and expose you to topics related to your interests. In addition, you will take a weekly seminar course throughout your first year where you will discuss issues related to media and social action. The courses include:

Power, Politics, and Inequality. Examines power and politics through the lens of inequality, focusing on the constant struggle between the haves and the have-nots. 

Principles of Public Relations. Provides the groundwork for the study of public relations study and helps students become better media consumers, critical thinkers, storytellers, and problem solvers.

Media and Social Change. This rigorous smartphone video production course is intended for students who want to make a difference in their communities and in the world by creating media that moves people, enlighten audiences, and inspire action.

The Media and Social Action Seminar. Over the course of their first year at the UO, students in the SOJC’s ARC will meet weekly to examine and discuss issues related to social justice and how different media influence the public’s perception of these issues.

Apply for university housing or update your housing application on the University Housing website. Select the “Media and Social Action Academic Residential Community” in the “Academic Residential Communities” section of the application.

You will also need to add the ARC to your University Housing application. If you have already completed your application, you can update it at

If you have questions, please contact

Contact Information

Charlie Butler

Charles Butler

Instructor, ARC coordinator

135 Franklin Building

Rachel Allen

Rachel Allen

Assistant Director of Student Services

134F Allen Hall