Media Studies Emphasis

Media Studies involves the study of how people communicate with others through digital media technologies, television, radio, and film. Of course, the development of the Internet and other forms of electronic communication has allowed us to broaden our definition of telecommunication to include a variety of emerging media. Students who emphasize in Media Studies will gain skills in multimedia production, be able to analyze media industries, texts, audiences, and technology from different perspectives and theories, and learn how work within a media culture that intersects with history, politics, and economics. Media Studies graduates have been successful in earning master's degrees as well as working in various media-related fields.

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, plus one additional Media Studies elective. 

Media Studies electives:

  • 338 Media & Sexuality
  • 371 Media Industries and Audiences
  • 372 Audio Production
  • 377 Multimedia Production
  • 489 Advanced Topics in Media Studies

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, and at least three credits of the following:

  • 338 Media & Sexuality
  • 371 Media Industries and Audiences
  • 372 Audio Production
  • 377 Multimedia Production
  • 489 Advanced Topics in Media Studies

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