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Major in Media Studies

The Major in Media Studies requires 40 credits.

Foundation (4 credits required)
  • MS - 100 Introduction to Media Studies
Core Courses (8 credits required)
  • MS - 200 Media Institutions
  • MS - 205 Media Audience and Research
Production Foundations (8 credits required)
  • MS - 221 Audio Production
  • MS - 222 Video Production
  • MS - 223 Journalism 1: Reporting
  • MS - 224 Journalism II: Advanced Reporting
Advanced Area Studies (12 credits required)

Advanced Core (Choose one course, 4 units):

  • MS - 311 Communication Law and Policy
  • MS - 313 Media Theory and Criticism

Advanced Electives (Choose two, 8 units) 

  • MS - 301 Green Media
  • MS - 306 The Documentary
  • MS - 307 Advanced Radio Production
  • MS - 315 Telenovelas/Soap Operas
  • MS - 317 Latin American Cinema
  • MS - 318 Indian Cinema
  • MS - 319 LGBT Cinema
  • MS - 320 Digital Media Production
  • MS - 322 MP III: Advanced Media Production
  • MS - 323 Publication Editing and Design
  • MS - 325 Feature Writing
  • MS - 327 MP III: Scriptwriting
  • MS - 328 Photojournalism
  • MS - 329 Arts Reporting and Reviewing
  • MS - 330 MP III: Documentary Production
  • MS - 331: MP III: Narrative Film Production
  • MS - 335 Feminist Thought
  • MS - 340 MP III: Experimental Cinema
  • MS - 350 Human Rights and Film
  • MS - 380 Latinos in U.S. Media
Senior Seminars (choose two, 8 units)

Prerequisites: Completion of 200-level requirements

  • MS - 400 Politics and the Media
  • MS - 403 Race, Ethnicity and Media
  • MS - 405 Gender and the Media
  • MS - 407 Alternative Media and Social Change
  • MS - 409 International/Global Media
  • MS - 410 Popular Music and Communication
  • MS - 411 Case Studies in Popular Culture 
  • MS - 412 Media, Memory, History
  • MS 414 Undoing Gender
  • MS - 490 Honors Seminar in Media Studies

Note: Students must obtain a grade of "C" or higher in every class in the major and may not count pre-requisite courses in which a grade of "C-" or lower is obtained.

Learning Goals/Outcomes for the B.A. in Media Studies

Students who complete the B.A. in Media Studies will be able to:

    • Understand foundational relationships between media, culture, and society.
    • Develop critical skills in assessing media as a consumer and citizen.
    • Develop foundational skills in media profession practice in electronic media and journalism.
    • Understand the historical and contemporary practices of news media in societal context.
    • Understand the historical and contemporary practices of electronic media in societal context.
    • Understand the legal and ethical constraints on media practices.
    • Understand the social theories of media and power, and the development of media criticism.
    • Understand and apply theories and research on media uses and effects.
    • Develop research skills in media history, theory, and criticism, and in media analysis.
    • Gain advanced knowledge in Media and Society, Electronic Media, or Journalism.
    • Gain understanding of professional practices in media organizations through fieldwork.
    • Apply advanced research or professional skills to a Senior Thesis or Project.