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What is Media Studies?

Media Studies is an increasingly important discipline at American universities and colleges. Majors in this field learn to analyze, synthesize and discern important information.  They learn to read and write effectively and look at the world with a critical eye. This major will consider the media’s role within American society, the formal attributes of a variety of media genres, media as a site of gender and racial identity formation, media’s role in everyday life, and their technological and cultural impacts.

Program Leaning Outcomes

As a graduate of the Media Studies major students will become more savvy and sophisticated citizens of the world. This major is designed to make sure our students benefit from the goals of a Liberal Arts Education through the study of film and other forms of media.

Course Requirements

 

  • Media Studies Major
  • Media Studies Minor

Prerequisites

COM 101 Speech Communication (3)
ENG 152 Research Topics in College Writing (3)

Core Requirements

COM 208 Introduction to Media (3)
COM 213 Media Literacy (3)
COM 362 Media Ethics (3)
COM 420 Media Law (3)

Major Requirements

COM 235 Principles of Media Studies (3)
ART/COM 218 Visual Culture (3)
COM 320 Writing Criticism for Media Studies (3)
COM 334 Gender, Race, Class and the Media (3)
COM 335 Television and Contemporary Society (3)
COM 435 Senior Seminar in Media Studies (3)

Choose 1 History Class

COM 216 Film History (3) or ART 367 History of Photography (3)

Choose 2 of 4:

COM 338 Propaganda in a "Free" Society (3)
COM/ENG 326 Film and Genre (3)
COM 337 National Film Movements (3)
ENG 345 Film Literatuure (3)

Choose 1 of 2:

COM 401 Media Aesthetics (3) or COM 431 Videogaming (3)

Electives List (12 credit hours) or (Second Major or Minor)

ART 366 European Modernism, 1840-1907 (3)
THA 209 History of American Film I (3)
HIS 336 The History of Rock and Roll (3)
MAT 223 Statistics (3)
PHI 360 Philosophy Through TV and Film (3)
REL 335 Religion and Film (3)
Any other COM class not required for major

Requirements

COM 208 Introduction to Media (3)
COM 213 Media Literacy (3)
COM 235 Principles of Media Studies (3)
ART/COM 218 Visual Culture (3)
COM 216 Film History (3) or ART 367 History of Photography (3)
COM 320 Writing Media Studies Criticism (3)
COM 362 Media Ethics (3)
COM 420 Media Law (3)

Plus 6 credit hours from:

COM 334 Gender, Race, Class and the Media (3)
COM 335 Television and Contemporary Society (3)
COM 338 Propaganda in a "Free" Society (3)
COM/ENG 316 Film and Genre (3)
COM 337 National Film Movements (3)
ENG 361 Film Literature (3)
COM 401 Media Aesthetics (3)
COM 431 Videogaming (3)