Media Studies

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Possibly the most diverse of the emphases offered within the Division of Communication, Media Studies explores the wide range of communication behaviors that occur within and across mediated channels. Students are encouraged to take courses in several of the areas falling under this umbrella emphasis, including journalism, radio, television, film and other media. This emphasis prepares students for careers in broadcasting, management, sales, corporate video, print journalism and more.

Media Studies Emphasis

Required Courses: (12 credits)

  • COMM 105 - Foundations of Media Production. 3 cr.
  • COMM 106 - Foundations of Media History, Theory, Criticism. 3 cr.
  • COMM 107 - Foundations of Media Writing. 3 cr.
  • COMM 460 - Media Studies Symposium (preq: senior standing)

Elective Courses: 12 credits with 9 at the 300/400-level and a minimum of 3 credits in each category

Additional Requirements: Students must complete Comm 480: Internship or Comm 485: Externship

Media History, Theory, Criticism:

  • COMM 160 - Introduction to the Art of Film.
  • COMM 190 - History of Media.
  • COMM 292 - Transmedia Storytelling. 3 cr.
  • COMM 306 - Media Theory. 3 cr. Preq: 106
  • COMM 307 - Planning and Managing Media Research. 3 cr. Preq: 106 and 201
  • COMM 325 - Media Law. 3 cr. Preq: 106 or 230.
  • COMM 329 - Topics in Journalism*. 3 cr.
  • COMM 357/557 - Media and Popular Culture. 3 cr. Preq: 106.
  • COMM 359/559 - Topics in Media*. 3 cr. Preq: 106.
  • COMM 360 - Film History: Beginning to 1945. 3 cr.
  • COMM 361 - Film History: 1945 to Present. 3 cr. Preq: 360
  • COMM 362/562 - Topics in Media History*. 3 cr. Preq: 106.
  • COMM 363/563 - Media Genres*. 3 cr.
  • COMM 367/567 - Topics in Global Media*. 3 cr.
  • COMM 369/569 - Media Auteurs*. 3 cr. Preq: 160
  • COMM 390/590 - Seminar. 3 cr. Following subtitles only: Persuasion Theory and Application; Political Communication: Theory and Research; From Ancient Campfires to Touch Screens: The Evolution of Communication Technology; Networked Media Practice; Introduction to Game Design, Theory and History

Media Writing:

  • COMM 221 - Basic Journalistic Newsgathering and Writing. 3 cr.
  • Comm 320 - Multimedia Writing. 3.cr.
  • COMM 321 - Intermediate Reporting. 3 cr. Preq: 107 and 221.
  • COMM 323/523 - Topics in Journalism Writing*. 3 cr. Preq: 221
  • COMM 326 - Sports Journalism. 3 cr. Preq: 221.
  • COMM 327 - Culinary Journalism: Food & Wines of the World. 3 cr.
  • COMM 351 - Writing for Media*. 3 cr.
  • COMM 373 - Communication and Social Change in Australia. 3 cr.

Media Production:

  • COMM 253 - Video Production I. 3 cr. Preq: 105
  • COMM 254 - Music Production and Recording. 3 cr.
  • COMM 322 - Multimedia Production*. 3 cr.
  • COMM 352 - Audio Production*. 3 cr. Preq: 105.
  • COMM 354/554 - Special Topics in Media Studies*. 3 cr.
  • COMM 356 - Video Production II*. 3 cr. Preq: 253.

Other elective courses may be available.

*Indicates a variable-focus course. Course may be a repeated for credit when different subtitles are offered.

^ Courses typically taught through Continuing Education. Variable-focus. Course may be repeated for credit when different subtitles are offered.

Requirements for:

  
Communication Major
Interpersonal/Organizational
Media Studies
Public Relations
Arts Management Major
Communication Minor
Arts Management Minor