Media Studies, B.A.

Program Code: MEDIA_BA

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, a student must:

  1. attain at least a C (2.00) cumulative grade-point average for all courses taken at the University; and
  2. have third-semester classification.

READ SENATE POLICY 37-30: ENTRANCE TO AND CHANGES IN MAJOR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 3-15
Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements 24
Requirements for the Major 39-48

0-3 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: Film Option - 0-3 credits of GH courses or 0-3 credits of GA courses; Media Effects Option - 3 credits of GS courses.

3 of the 24 credits for Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements are included in the Requirements for the Major, General Education, or Electives and 0-12 credits are included in Electives if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.

Students must select at least 72 credits in courses outside the Bellisario College of Communications, including at least 65 in the liberal arts and sciences.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

B.A. Degree Requirements

Foreign Language (0-12 credits): Student must attain 12th credit level of proficiency in one foreign language. See the Placement Policy for Penn State Foreign Language Courses.

B.A. Fields (9 credits): Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arts, Foreign Languages, Natural Sciences, Quantification (may not be taken in the area of the student's primary major; foreign language credits in this category must be in a second foreign language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the first language)

Other Cultures (0-3 credits): Select 3 credits from approved list. Students may count courses in this category in order to meet other major, minor, elective, or General Education requirements, except for the General Education US/IL requirement.​

Requirements for the Major

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major. To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn at least a C grade in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
COMM 100NThe Mass Media and Society Keystone/General Education Course3
COMM 270Introduction to Multimedia Production3
COMM 304Mass Communication Research3
COMM 305Introduction to Critical Studies of Media3
COMM 405Political Economy of Communications3
COMM 413WThe Mass Media and the Public3
Requirements for the Option
Requirements for the Option: Require a grade of C or better
Select an option21-30

Requirements for the Option

Film and Television Studies Option (21 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
COMM 150NThe Art of the Cinema Keystone/General Education Course3
COMM 242Basic Video/Filmmaking3
COMM 250Film History and Theory Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9 credits of the following:9
Topics in American Film
Topics in International Cinema
Narrative Theory: Film and Literature
Documentary in Film and Television
Advanced Film Theory and Criticism
Internship
Independent Studies
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Rhetoric of Film and Television
Chinese Film and New Media Keystone/General Education Course
International Cultures: Film and Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Literature and Culture
French Culture Through Film Keystone/General Education Course
Topics in French Film History and Theory I: 1895-1945
Topics in French Film History and Theory II: 1945-2002
Modern Italian Literature and Cinema
Japanese Film
Film Music Keystone/General Education Course
Film and Philosophy Keystone/General Education Course
International Communications Option (21-30 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
COMM 110Media and Democracy Keystone/General Education Course3
COMM 410International Mass Communications3
COMM 419World Media Systems3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Introduction to Media Effects Keystone/General Education Course
The Art of the Cinema Keystone/General Education Course
Gender, Diversity and the Media Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Advertising
Telecommunications Regulation
Topics in International Cinema
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select at least one of the following for a minimum of 9 credits and a maximum of 18 credits (no more than 9 credits in COMM) 19-18
University approved minor in foreign language, area studies or international studies
University approved education abroad program
Other international related courses or programs with prior departmental approval
Media Effects Option (21 credits)

A minor in a complementary area of study is encouraged (e.g. Psychology or Sociology).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
COMM 118Introduction to Media Effects Keystone/General Education Course3
COMM 418Media Effects: Theory and Research3
PSYCH 100Introductory Psychology Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Media and Democracy Keystone/General Education Course
The Art of the Cinema Keystone/General Education Course
Survey of Electronic Media and Telecommunications Keystone/General Education Course
Gender, Diversity and the Media Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Advertising
Law of Mass Communications
Sports, Media and Society
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Effects of digital games
Effects of social media
Effects of entertainment media
Effects of Science, Environmental and Health Media
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Introduction to Social Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits in research methods from an approved department list3
Society and Culture Option (21 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
COMM 411Cultural Aspects of the Mass Media3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Media and Democracy Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Media Effects Keystone/General Education Course
The Art of the Cinema Keystone/General Education Course
Gender, Diversity and the Media Keystone/General Education Course
Select 12 credits (a least 9 credits at the 400 level) in communication theory from the following:15
Media and Democracy Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Media Effects Keystone/General Education Course
The Art of the Cinema Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to the Sports Industry
Survey of Electronic Media and Telecommunications Keystone/General Education Course
Cultural Foundations of Communications
News Media Ethics
International Mass Communications
Sports, Media and Society
Ethics and Regulation in Advertising and Public Relations
Media Effects: Theory and Research
World Media Systems
Topics in American Film
Topics in International Cinema
Narrative Theory: Film and Literature
Documentary in Film and Television
Advanced Film Theory and Criticism

Integrated B.A/M.A. in Media Studies

Requirements for the Integrated B.A/M.A. in Media Studies can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

Learning Outcomes

Professional Values and Competencies

Individual professions in journalism and mass communication may require certain specialized values and competencies. Irrespective of their particular specialization, all graduates should be aware of certain core values and competencies and be able to:

  1. understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press for the country in which the institution that invites ACEJMC is located, as well as receive instruction in and understand the range of systems of freedom of expression around the world, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and assemble and to petition for redress of grievances;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of gender, race ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society;
  5. understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information;
  6. demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity;
  7. think critically, creatively and independently;
  8. conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work;
  9. write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve;
  10. critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness;
  11. apply basic numerical and statistical concepts;
  12. apply basic tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Brenda Johnson
Administrative Support Assistant  
204 Carnegie Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-1503
bmj11@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Media Effects Option

University Park or Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Foreign Language Level 14Foreign Language Level 24
ENGL 15 or ENGL 30 (GWS)3COMM 100N*13
ECON 102 (GS)3PSYCH 100 (GS)*3
General Education Course (GN)3B.A. Other Cultures3
COMM 160*1General Education Course (GN)3
PSU 91 
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Foreign Language Level 34STAT 200 (GQ)4
COMM 118*13COMM 110, 150N, 180, 205, 320, 403, or 412*3
COMM 270*3U.S. Cultures (US)3
General Education Course (GQ)3General Education Course (GH)3
General Education Course (GA) (Inter-Domain)3Bachelor of Arts Knowledge Domain3
 16 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
COMM 405*3COMM 305*3
COMM 304*3General Education Course (GH) (Inter-Domain)3
PSYCH 221 or 256*3International Cultures (IL)3
CAS 100A, 100B, or 100C (GWS)3General Education Course (GN)3
Bachelor of Arts Knowledge Domain3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
COMM 413W*3COMM 418*3
COMM 325, 326, 327, or 328*3ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D (GWS)3
Supporting Research Course*23General Education Course (GA)3
Bachelor of Arts Knowledge Domain3Elective3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 13.5 13.5
Total Credits 120

Film and Television Studies Option

University Park and Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Foreign Language Level 14Foreign Language Level 24
ENGL 15 or ENGL 30 (GWS)3General Education Course (GN) (Inter-Domain)3
ECON 102 (GS)3General Education Course (GS)3
COMM 150N*3COMM 100N*13
COMM 160*1General Education Course (GA)3
PSU 91 
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Foreign Language Level 34COMM 242*13
COMM 250*13B.A. Other Cultures3
General Education Course (GH) (Inter-Domain)3STAT 200 (GQ)4
General Education Course (GQ)3General Education Course (GA)3
Bachelor of Arts Knowledge Domain (U.S. Cultures)3General Education Course (GH)3
 16 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
COMM 270*3COMM 304*3
COMM 405*3COMM 305*3
General Education Course (GN)3General Education Course (GN)3
ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D (GWS)3CAS 100A, 100B, or 100C (GWS)3
Bachelor of Arts Knowledge Domain (International Cultures)3COMM 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 495, or 496*3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
COMM 413W*3COMM 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 495, or 496*3
COMM 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 495, or 496*3Supporting Course23
Bachelor of Arts Knowledge Domain3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 13.5 13.5
Total Credits 120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137 in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138 in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts students must take 9 credits in Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Fields (Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Arts; World Languages [2nd language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the 1st]; Natural Sciences; Quantification). The B.A. Fields courses may not be taken in the area of the student’s primary major. See your adviser and the Degree Requirements section of this Bulletin.

Bachelor of Arts students must take 3 credits in Other Cultures.
See your adviser and the full list of courses approved as Other Cultures courses.

International Communications Option (No Study Abroad)

University Park and Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Foreign Language Level 14Foreign Language Level 24
ENGL 15 or ENGL 30 (GWS)3COMM 100N*13
ECON 102 (GS)3General Education Course (GS) (Inter-Domain)3
General Education Course (GH) (Inter-Domain)3General Education Course (GH)3
COMM 160*1General Education Course (GN)3
PSU 91 
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Foreign Language Level 34STAT 200 (GQ)4
COMM 1101*3COMM 118, 150N, 205, 320, or 4521*3
COMM 270*3General Education Course (GN)3
General Education Course (GQ)3B.A. Other Cultures3
Bachelor of Arts Knowledge Domain3Bachelor of Arts Knowledge Domain/Minor3
 16 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
COMM 304*3COMM 410 (International Cultures, IL)*3
COMM 405*3Bachelor of Arts Knowledge Domain/Minor3
CAS 100A, 100B, or 100C (GWS)3Supporting Courses and Related Areas3
General Education Course (GN)3Non-COMM Elective3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas3Elective/Minor3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
COMM 305*3COMM 413W*3
COMM 419 (US Cultures, US)*3Supporting Courses and Related Areas3
ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D (GWS)3Elective/Minor3
Non-COMM Elective3Elective/Minor3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 13.5 13.5
Total Credits 120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137 in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138 in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts students must take 9 credits in Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Fields (Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Arts; World Languages [2nd language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the 1st]; Natural Sciences; Quantification). The B.A. Fields courses may not be taken in the area of the student’s primary major. See your adviser and the Degree Requirements section of this Bulletin.

Bachelor of Arts students must take 3 credits in Other Cultures.
See your adviser and the full list of courses approved as Other Cultures courses.

International Communications Option (Semester Abroad)

University Park and Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Foreign Language Level 14Foreign Language Level 24
ENGL 15 or ENGL 30 (GWS)3COMM 100N*13
ECON 102 (GS)3General Education Course (GS) (Inter-Domain)3
General Education Course (GH) (Inter-Domain)3General Education Course (GH)3
COMM 160*1General Education Course (GN)3
PSU 91 
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Foreign Language Level 34STAT 200 (GQ)4
COMM 1101*3COMM 118, 150N, 205, 320, 381, or 4521*3
COMM 270*3General Education Course (GN)3
General Education Course (GQ)3B.A. Other Cultures3
Bachelor of Arts Knowledge Domain3Bachelor of Arts Knowledge Domain3
 16 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
COMM 304*3Semester Abroad (No COMM Courses, All Electives)15
COMM 405*3 
CAS 100A, 100B, or 100C (GWS)3 
General Education Course (GA)3 
General Education Course (GN)3 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
COMM 410 (International Cultures, IL)*3COMM 419 (US Cultures, US)*3
COMM 305*3COMM 413W*3
ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D (GWS)3Bachelor of Arts Knowledge Domain3
General Education Course (GA)3Elective3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 13.5 13.5
Total Credits 120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137 in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138 in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts students must take 9 credits in Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Fields (Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Arts; World Languages [2nd language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the 1st]; Natural Sciences; Quantification). The B.A. Fields courses may not be taken in the area of the student’s primary major. See your adviser and the Degree Requirements section of this Bulletin.

Bachelor of Arts students must take 3 credits in Other Cultures.
See your adviser and the full list of courses approved as Other Cultures courses.

Society and Culture Option

University Park and Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Foreign Language Level 14Foreign Language Level 24
ENGL 15 or ENGL 30 (GWS)3General Education Course (GN)3
ECON 102 (GS)3General Education Course (GH) (Inter-Domain)3
General Education Course (GN)3COMM 100N*13
COMM 160*1General Education Course (GS)3
PSU 91 
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Foreign Language Level 34STAT 200 (GQ)4
COMM 110, 118, 150N, or 2051*3COMM 110, 118, 150N, or 205*13
COMM 270*3General Education Course (GA) (Inter-Domain)3
B.A. Other Cultures3Bachelor of Arts Knowledge Domain (US Cultures)3
General Education Course (GQ)3Elective3
 16 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 100A, 100B, or 100C (GWS)3ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D (GWS)3
COMM 304*3COMM 305*3
COMM 405*3COMM Theory 400 Level Course*3
COMM Theory Course3Bachelor of Arts Knowledge Domain (International Cultures)3
General Education Course (GN)3General Education Course (GH)3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
COMM Theory 400 Level Course*3COMM Theory 400 Level Course*3
COMM 413W*3COMM 411*3
Bachelor of Arts Knowledge Domain3General Education Course (GA)3
Elective3Elective3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 13.5 13.5
Total Credits 120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137 in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138 in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts students must take 9 credits in Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Fields (Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Arts; World Languages [2nd language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the 1st]; Natural Sciences; Quantification). The B.A. Fields courses may not be taken in the area of the student’s primary major. See your adviser and the Degree Requirements section of this Bulletin.

Bachelor of Arts students must take 3 credits in Other Cultures.
See your adviser and the full list of courses approved as Other Cultures courses.

Career Paths

The major provides a broad education in mediated communications. Graduates often go on to work in the media industry, with government, non-governmental or international agencies, or continue their education in graduate or law schools. In addition, because students can customize their studies by specializing in specific areas, they obtain experience or skills that are valuable in a variety of communications-related positions.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE MEDIA STUDIES PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

The media studies major provides an easy transition and logical progression into graduate studies for many students. Students who complete the major may move into a variety of areas of graduate study, including graduate-level degrees that lead to careers in higher education, research-driven careers or law school, among others.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Accreditation

The Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications is evaluated regularly by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). The Bellisario College has consistently met the high standards of the Accrediting Council that is dedicated to excellence in professional education in journalism and mass communications. For undergraduate students, accreditation most practically means that upper-level professional classes in each major are conducted in rooms with 20 or fewer students.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ACCREDITING COUNCIL ON EDUCATION IN JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATIONS

Contact

University Park       

DEPARTMENT OF FILM-VIDEO AND MEDIA STUDIES
215 Carnegie Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-7997
axo8@psu.edu

http://bellisario.psu.edu/fvms