Requirements for Majors and Minors
The Journalism and Media Studies major is available as a bachelor of arts degree only, as defined in the section on degree requirements for all majors in this course catalog.
For a major: 40 credits, including the following:
- Core courses (27 credits): Core courses (23 credits): 150, 175, 180, 230, 321, and 485.
- Experiential learning (1 credit): either 111, 112, or 113.
- Advanced writing (4 credits): from among 370, 375, 377, and 378.
- Media studies (12 credits): from among 327, 330, 335, 337, 343, 347, 349, 351, 353, 357, 447, 450, and others as approved by department chair. One off-campus January Term course (398) offered by the department may be counted toward this requirement.
- Elective options: 187, 360, 425, 429, 487.
No more than 48 credits from Journalism and Media Studies can be counted toward graduation. While 111, 112 or 113 may be taken more than once, only one credit may be applied toward a Journalism and Media Studies major. Only courses in the major completed with a grade of C- or better may be used to meet prerequisite requirements or count toward the major.
For a minor in Media Studies: 20 credits including 8 credits from 111, 112, 113, 150, and 230; and 12 credits chosen from among 327, 330, 335, 337, 343, 347, 349, 351, 353, 357, 447, 450, and others as approved by department chair. One off-campus January Term course (398) offered by the department may be counted toward the minor. Courses must be completed with a grade of Cor better to count toward the minor. The Media Studies minor is not available to Journalism and Media Studies majors.
In successfully completing a major in Journalism and Media Studies, students will:
- create entertaining, informative, and/or persuasive media content;
- analyze and evaluate media content;
- understand the effects of media on audiences; and
- understand the structures and functions of mediated communication.
The media studies minor is designed for students whose interests in communication are focused on the origins, structures and implications of the media in American culture and society. Students critically examine issues related to the power of media in our social, political and legal systems and in popular culture.