Media Studies, B.A.

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The program outline and graduation requirements are listed below.  In addition, free electives are selected to reach 120 credits overall required for graduation.

The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: 


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements.  Detailed information on these requirements is published in this section of the catalog:

Writing courses are not additional course requirements, course sections that meet this requirement are designated with a ‘W’ on the class schedule.  Courses in the major and/or cognate may also be used to satisfy LEP requirements where noted below (*).


MDS 200 — How Media Means
MDS 222 — Media Theory
MDS 245 — Introduction to Media Studies
MDS 280 — Media Issues and Problems
MDS 333 — Media Research
MDS 442 — Media Criticism
MDS 482 — Seminar in Media Studies

Select 12 additional credits of MDS in consultation with a departmental advisor


Select 9 credits from:
ART 317 — History of Women and Art
ART 364 — Documentary Photography
ENG 371 — Literature into Film
ENG 421 — Feminist Theory and Literary Criticism
HIS 201 — U.S. History through Film
JRN 260 — Anthropology of Media
PHI 320 — Ethical & Social Implications of Science
PHI 331 — Philosophy of Media
PSC 312 — Media and American Politics
PSY 303 — Perception
SOC 404 or WMS 404 — Gender and the Law
THR 285 — American Silent Film
THR 382 —The Movies
THR 383 — The Westerns
THR 384 — American Film Directors: Ford, Hawks, and Wilder
Other courses may be taken with departmental permission.