John M. Coward
Benjamin J. Peters
Justin Owen Rawlins
For more information about degree offerings by the faculty of media studies, visit the Department of Media Studies webpage.
The strong liberal arts orientation of the media studies program equips students for a variety of professional opportunities in communication as well as graduate study in communication, law, business administration, and other areas. With appropriately chosen electives, students can prepare themselves for careers in media studies, public relations, advertising, journalism studies, visual studies, and related fields.
Students pursuing a major in media studies typically choose the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Media studies majors who wish to choose the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree must petition the faculty chair for permission.
The three core courses in the major provide a strong background in communication, covering topics ranging from symbolic processes and systems to theories and philosophy of communication research. Majors also choose three of the four foundation courses that emphasize the larger social consequences of communication. Working with their advisors, media studies majors develop an 18-hour emphasis in a particular area of the discipline. Media studies majors may, with the approval of their advisor, develop their own individualized emphasis.
A minor in media studies or digital studies is also offered.
Students who complete the undergraduate program in media studies are expected to be able to:
- Evaluate and critique abstract categories, and to use these categories in the analysis of empirical data.
- Apply concepts of social science methodology to rigorously critique and compare empirical studies, or to construct their own empirical study.
- Effectively use writing to accurately convey their ideas, and to demonstrate the basic ability to think logically and critically, through their writing.
- Demonstrate a basic competence in communicating ideas through oral presentations before a group of people.
- Critique visual images with the use of fundamental theoretical concepts.
- Be able to understand their lives within a wider social and environmental context, to thoughtfully consider their responsibilities towards other people and the natural world, and to take appropriate and ethical actions based upon those considerations.