Media Studies, Minor

Program Code: MEDIA_UMNR

Program Description

The Media Studies minor is designed for students who want to develop their knowledge of the mass media from a variety of approaches, including aesthetic, humanistic, social-behavioral, and legal-policy. This minor is a theory-based rather than a professional program. In fact, students in the minor may not take professional skills communications courses as part of this program. The minor consists of 18 credits, at least 6 of which must be at the 400 level.

You Might Like This Program If...

You are a major in another discipline that can be complemented by increased knowledge about the mass media or have curiosities about the role of the mass media in an increasingly connected and/or mediated society. The media studies minor – depending on the set of classes that you enroll in – will provide you with foundational, conceptual and theoretical exposure vital to your understanding of the pivotal roles that the mass media play in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
COMM 100NThe Mass Media and Society 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
Introduction to Media Effects Keystone/General Education Course
The Art of the Cinema Keystone/General Education Course
Survey of Electronic Media and Telecommunications Keystone/General Education Course
Select 12 credits of the following:12
Gender, Diversity and the Media Keystone/General Education Course
Film History and Theory Keystone/General Education Course
The Literature of Journalism
Mass Communication Research
Telecommunications Law
Mass Media in History
Law of Mass Communications
Political Economy of Communications
Cultural Foundations of Communications
News Media Ethics
International Mass Communications
Cultural Aspects of the Mass Media
The Mass Media and the Public
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
Emerging Telecommunications Technologies
Independent Studies
Foreign Study--Mass Communications

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.


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