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Students who earn a degree in media studies learn to examine the role of media and communication in society. By selecting appropriate electives, media studies majors may specialize in any number of roles in professional fields and graduate school in media studies, public relations and advertising, journalism and storytelling, creative multimedia production and other fields.

The Media Studies faculty seek to foster a critical commitment, expressed through many media (writing, public speaking, moving images, sound, etc.), to serve civic responsibilities and social progress. Our courses develop analytic thought, clear writing, visual literacy, effective speaking and cultural, global awareness, which prepare students for graduate study, career success, and a good life.

Our students come to Media Studies from all kinds of backgrounds and are united by our common commitment to critically and creatively engage the world of media, to become more fluent communicators, critical analysts, storytellers, and creative directors, and to leave the world a better place for our efforts.

Program Objectives

Students who complete the undergraduate program will:

  1. Evaluate and critique abstract categories, and to use these categories in the analysis of empirical data.
  2. Apply concepts of social science methodology to rigorously critique and compare empirical studies, or to construct their own empirical study.
  3. Effectively use writing to accurately convey their ideas, and to demonstrate the basic ability to think logically and critically, through their writing.
  4. Demonstrate a basic competence in communicating ideas through oral presentations before a group of people.
  5. Critique visual images with the use of fundamental theoretical concepts.
  6. Be able to understand their lives within a wider social and environmental context, to thoughtfully consider their responsibilities towards other people and the natural world, and to take appropriate and ethical actions based upon those considerations.
Degree Options

Media Studies, B.A.

Equips students for a variety of professional opportunities in communication as well as graduate study in communication, law, business administration and other areas.

Media Studies, B.S.

Students who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree must petition the faculty chair for permission.

Media Studies Minor

Non-majors interested in learning more about communication are encouraged to add it to their degree program as a minor.

Digital Studies Minor

Non-majors interested in learning more about communication are encouraged to add it to their degree program as a minor.

Advertising Minor

Designed to compliment a degree in media studies, film, English, languages or theatre.

Typical Four Year Schedule
FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTERFRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
Freshman ExperienceFirst Seminar
Exposition and ArgumentationBeginning Language II
Beginning Language IBlock III – Scientific Investigation
Block II – Social & Historical InterpretationBlock II – Social & Historical Interpretation
Block I – Aesthetic Inquiry & Creative ExperienceContemporary Mathematics
SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTERSOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
Communication SystemsIntermediate Language II
Theories of CommunicationInquiry in Communication
MinorMedia and Popular Culture
Block I – Aesthetic Inquiry & Creative ExperienceBlock II – Social & Historical Interpretation
Intermediate Language IBlock III – Scientific Investigation (with lab)
JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTERJUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
Communication Technology and SocietyEditing for New Media
Advocacy JournalistDocumentary Workshop
Block II – Social & Historical InterpretationMedia Production and Criticism
Political CommunicationMinor – Media and Politics
MinorGeneral Elective
SENIOR – FALL SEMESTERSENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
Senior ProjectCommunication Internship
NewsgatheringGeneral Elective
Advanced Media Production and CriticismGeneral Elective
MinorGeneral Elective
General ElectiveGeneral Elective