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(Archive) Media Studies (MEDIA)

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Begin Date: Summer Session 1996
End Date: Spring Semester 1999

Media Studies (MEDIA) - (ARCHIVE)

This major is designed for students who want to pursue an academic rather than professional program of media studies. Students are exposed first to the breadth of approaches to understanding the mass media (e.g., aesthetic, humanistic, social-behavioral, legal policy) and then, by selecting one of several options, go into depth in a specialized area of media studies. All options within the major are closely intertwined with the liberal arts and sciences. Therefore, students who successfully complete this major must have a strong foundation in the liberal arts and well-developed language and analytical skills. That foundation should include, at a minimum, ART H 100 GA(3), ECON 002 GS(3), HIST 002 GH(3), PSY 002 GS(3), and SOC 001 GS(3). Students must select at least 90 credits in non-COMM courses, including at least 65 credits in the liberal arts and sciences.

Four options are offered, a General option plus the following:

FILM AND TELEVISION STUDIES OPTION: This option is designed for students interested in studying the art, history, and criticism of film and television. Electives offer students the opportunity to pursue a related field, such as art, art history, creative writing, speech communication, or theatre arts. This option merges aesthetics and social sciences and is appropriate for those seeking a more theoretical/critical approach to the study of film and video.

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS OPTION: This option is designed for students who want to study the mass media systems of the world and their role in international affairs. The option offers students an opportunity to enhance their occupational opportunities in international business, organizations, or government and to be better prepared to participate in the world community.

MEDIA THEORY AND RESEARCH OPTION: This option focuses on the study of mass communications from the perspective of the social scientist or humanist. Students examine in depth the theory and principles of communications systems and processes and learn research methods for their systematic analysis. This option is appropriate for students intending to pursue advanced degrees or those seeking rigorous intellectual preparation for careers in communications.

For the B.A. degree in Media Studies, a minimum of 126 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 2-20 credits

COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATIONS BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 36-54 credits[1]

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 18 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
COMM 404(3), 405(3), 413W(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
Select 3 credits from COMM 100 GS(3), 150 GA(3), or 180(3) (Sem: 3-4)
COMM 403(3) or 409(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from COMM 401(3), 408(3), or 411(3) (Sem: 5-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 18 credits

FILM AND TELEVISION STUDIES OPTION: 18 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
COMM 242(3), 250 GA(3) (Sem: 3-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from COMM 451(3), 452(3), 453(3), 454(3), 455(3), 495(1-3), or 496(1-18) (Sem: 5-8)

GENERAL OPTION: 18 credits

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18 credits)
Select 18 credits, with prior departmental approval, focusing on a chosen field in mass communications. Courses must be academic in nature, and 9 credits of these must be at the 400 level. Courses offered by departments outside the college may be included provided they are closely related to the student's chosen field of study. (Sem: 5-8)

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS OPTION: 36 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
COMM 410(3), 419(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 12 credits of COMM 499 DF(1-12) (Manchester Mass Communications Program), other Education Abroad Programs, other COMM courses, or other international-related courses with prior department approval (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18 credits)
Students must take a University-approved minor in a foreign language or area studies. The minimum requirement for a minor is 18 credits. By careful planning, students may use General Education and Bachelor of Arts courses to help fulfill this requirement. In lieu of a minor, a student may take a multiple major or simultaneous degree in a foreign language or area of study. Students should consult with their advisers as soon as possible about this requirement. (Sem: 1-8)

MEDIA THEORY AND RESEARCH OPTION: 18 credits

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
Select 9 credits in mass communications theory from COMM 205 DF(3), 241(1-3), 250 GA(3), 401(3), 403(3), 407(3), 408(3), 409(3), 410(3), 419(3), 455(3), 480(3), or 495(1-3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits in research methods from CMPSC 101 GQ(3), ECON 490(3), PSY 415(3), MS&IS 404(3), SOC 471(3), STAT 460(3), 462(3), 464(3), SPCOM 412(3), or 415(2-3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits in philosophy of science from PHIL 110 GH(3), 221 GH(3), 410(3), or 425(3) (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.


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The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1996

Blue Sheet Item #: 25-01-011

Review Date: 6/3/99 (General Education Update)

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