Media Studies Emphasis

(Current Undergraduate Catalog and List of Courses)
 

Media Studies explores communication through various media like television, film, social media, and other digital media technologies. Students who emphasize in Media Studies are able to analyze media industries, texts, audiences, and technology from different perspectives, and learn how to work within a media environment that intersects with history, politics, and economics. They will also gain skills in digital media production.

Students have opportunities to use our new Communication and Media Lab in their courses. The CaML offers students cutting-edge media production equipment, interactive and virtual reality media experiences, and opportunities to learn how to conduct many forms of digital media research which are in high demand on the job market. Media Studies graduates have been successful working in various media-related fields such as social media management, sports communication, and broadcast journalism. Some students have even pursued graduate degrees.

Student Learning Outcomes: Media Studies Emphasis

Media Skills/Production: Conceptualize, design, and produce effective media messages grounded in media research and industry practices

Media Perspectives/Analysis: Employ media studies theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts to analyze media industries, texts, audiences, and technologies. 
 
Media and Culture: Engage with and explain diverse cultural, historical, social, political, and economic perspectives in a range of media contexts. 

Communication Studies Major: Media Studies
Emphasis Requirements

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs): 39 credits 

Core requirements: CST 190, 301, 498, 499. Required: CST 271, 378, 419 (or 489), plus one additional Media Studies elective. 

Media Studies electives:

  • 338 Media & Sexuality
  • 371 Media Industries and Audiences
  • 373 Television & Media Histories
  • 377 Multimedia Production
  • 419 Communication, Media and Identity
  • 489 Advanced Topics in Media Studies - Spring 2024 Topic: Documentary Production

Nine credits of electives selecting a course from each of the following emphasis areas:

  • Interpersonal Communication Emphasis (three credits): CST 230, 330, 332, 333, 334, 336, 337, 338
  • Public Communication & Advocacy Emphasis (three credits): CST 210, 211, 215, 310, 315, 410, 412, 413, 415, 
  • Organizational & Professional Communication Emphasis (three credits): CST 260, 350, 351, 354, 355, 360, 365, 380

Electives (minimum six credits) from any CST course excluding CST 110.

Communication Studies Minor: Media Studies
Emphasis Requirements

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs): 24 credits

Required: CST 190, 271, 378, 419 (or 489), and at least three credits of the following:

  • 338 Media & Sexuality
  • 371 Media Industries and Audiences
  • 373: Television & Media Histories
  • 377 Multimedia Production
  • 419 Communication, Media and Identity
  • 489 Advanced Topics in Media Studies - Spring 2024 Topic: Documentary Production

Nine credits of electives selecting a course from each of the following emphasis areas:

  • Interpersonal Communication Emphasis (three credits): CST 230, 330, 332, 333, 334, 336, 337, 338
  • Public Communication & Advocacy Emphasis (three credits): CST 210, 211, 215, 310, 315, 410, 412, 413, 415
  • Organizational & Professional Communication Emphasis (three credits): CST 260, 350, 351, 354, 355, 360, 365, 380