Major in Media Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • 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

Requirements

48 units

100-LEVEL

8 units (Take both):

  • MS 100 Introduction to Media Studies
  • MS 101 Multi-Media Storytelling

200-LEVEL

Core - 8 units (Choose two of the following):

  • MS 201 Civic Media
  • MS 202 Media History
  • MS 203 Cultural Industries

Electives - 8 units (Choose two of the following):

  • MS 221 Audio Production
  • MS 222 Video Production
  • MS 223 Journalism I Reporting
  • MS 224 Journalism II Specialty Reporting
  • MS 225 Digital Media Production

300-LEVEL 20 units

Core - 8 units (Take both):

  • MS 313 Media Theory and Criticism
  • MS 314 Media Research

Electives - 12 units (Choose three of the following, must include one Studies course):

  • MS 301 Green Media
  • MS 302 Communication for Social Change
  • MS 306 The Documentary
  • MS 307 Advanced Radio Production
  • MS 311 Communication Law and Policy
  • MS 315 Telenovelas/Soap Operas
  • MS 317 Latin American Cinema
  • MS 318 Indian Cinema
  • MS 319 LGBT Cinema
  • MS 322 MP III Advanced Media Production
  • MS 323 Publication Editing and Design
  • MS 325 Feature Writing/Magazine 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 US Media
  • MS 390 Special Topic
  • MS 398 Directed Study

400-LEVEL

4 units (Choose one of the following):

  • 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 Popular Culture Studies
  • 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 prerequisite courses in which a grade of "C-" or lower is obtained.

Contact Info

Department of Media Studies

Mon-Fri, 8a.m.- 4:30p.m.

Kalmanovitz Hall 103 (415) 422-5152