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Media Studies - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Spring 2003
End Date: Spring 2005

Media Studies - ARCHIVE

University Park, College of Communications (MEDIA)

PROFESSOR JOHN S. NICHOLS, Interm Head, Department of Film/Video and Media Studies

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 courses such as 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.

The following three options are offered:

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.

GENERAL OPTION: In this option, a student and faculty adviser work together to tailor a program of courses to meet the student's individual interest in a coherent theme in media studies. Examples of themes include, but are not limited to, communication law and policy, communication and the environment, communication and health campaigns, media effects and society, minorities and the media, and gender and the media. The General Option consists of three sets of courses totaling 18 credits, including: 1) a set of pre-defined College of Communications courses in communications theory from which students must take two courses for six credits; 2) a set of pre-defined courses in research methods relating to any of the traditions of communications research (communication science, cultural studies, critical studies, etc.) from which students must take two courses for six credits; and 3) a student-and-adviser selected cluster of any two courses worth a combined six credits -- courses either from inside or outside the College of Communications -- that the student and faculty adviser determine, after consultation and agreement between the two, best serve the student's area of interest.

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.

Students must select at least 80 credits in courses outside the College of Communications, including at least 65 in the liberal arts and sciences.

For the B.A. degree in Media Studies, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 0-18 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: 33-54 credits[1]

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 15 credits

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

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Select 3 credits from COMM 100 GS(3), COMM 150 GA(3), or COMM 180(3) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 3 credits from COMM 408(3) or COMM 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), COMM 250 GA(3) (Sem: 3-4)

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

GENERAL OPTION: 18 credits

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 6 credits in communication theory from COMM 205 GI(3), COMM 250 GA(3), COMM 261 GH(3), COMM 381(3), COMM 401(3), COMM 403(3), COMM 407(3), COMM 408(3), COMM 409(3), COMM 410(3), COMM 411(3), COMM 417(3), COMM 419(3), COMM 455(3), COMM 480(3), COMM 492(3) [Only courses not used to fulfill common requirements for the major may be selected, and at least 3 credits must be at the 400 level] (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits in research methods from ANTH 428(3), ANTH 458(3), CAS 204(3), CAS 411(3), CAS 415(3), CAS 450W(3), ECON 490(3), EDPSY 406(3), EDPSY 450(3), ENGL 200(3), PL SC 408(3), PL SC 409(3), PL SC 420(3), PSY 415(3), PSY 450(3), MS&IS 402(3), MS&IS 404(3), SOC 007(3), SOC 207(3), SOC 470(4), SOC 471(3), STAT 401(3), STAT 460(3), STAT 462(3), STAT 464(3), WMNST 401(3) [At least 3 credits must be at the 400 level] (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits in consultation with a faculty adviser focusing on a coherent theme in any of the areas of media theory, research and policy. These credits are not based on a pre-defined cluster of courses and therefore allow for substantial flexibility in catering to students' specific interests. Courses from outside the College may be chosen. [At least 3 credits must be at the 400 level. Prior department approval is required.] (Sem: 5-8)

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS OPTION: 36 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
COMM 410(3), COMM 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 concurrent major or concurrent 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)

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

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2003

Blue Sheet Item #: 31-06-032A

Review Date: 11/25/03

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