Public Engagement

Degree Requirements

  • The BA and BS in Media Studies are awarded upon the completion of 120 credits, 30 of which must be in Media Studies. The major consists of a core of 6 credits (2 classes), providing the basics for the understanding of Media Studies, 18 credits in one of the following concentrations: Screenwriting, Cinema studies, Media and Social Change, Media Entrepreneurship or Film Production, and 6 credits (2 classes) toward your capstone.

    Media Studies students can study full-time or part-time. Students have online and evening study options that are particularly convenient for part-time students, including nontraditional and adult students. While not required, internships are available to students, broadening their opportunities to establish professional connections and experience.

    Concentration requirements are organized between Foundation courses within the concentration and Advanced courses that build on the histories, theories, and skills developed in the foundation courses. Please note: Students have the option of designing their own media studies concentration (see details below).

    Pre-approved concentrations leading to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree are

    • Screenwriting
    • Cinema Studies
    • Media and Social Change

    Pre-approved concentrations leading to the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree are

    • Media Entrepreneurship
    • Film Production

    All pre-approved concentrations follow an approved curriculum. Students should consult with their advisor and seek approval for all major electives to ensure progress through the degree.

    Required Courses Credits
    Two Introductory Courses
    • Introduction to Media Studies
    • One of the following approved studio electives:
      • Filmmaking Studio 1 (recommended for all students planning to pursue Film Production concentration)
      • Digital Video Production
      • Documentary Production Workshop
      • Introduction to Digital Design
      • Fundamental of Web Design
      • Audio Production

    Two Capstone Courses

    • Media Lab
    • Capstone
    Concentration Foundation Courses

    Sample courses, depending upon track:

    • Script Analysis
    • Screenwriting 1
    • Screenwriting 2
    • Networked Media and Society
    • Political Media and Communication
    • Introduction to Cinema Studies
    • Movements in World Cinema 1: The Emergence of an Art Form
    • The Art of Film
    • The Media Business
    • The Producer's Role
    • How to Convince with Numbers
    • The Art of Film
    • Filmmaking Studio I
    • Film 2: Intermediate Filmmaking Lab
    Concentration Advanced Courses

    Sample courses, depending upon track:

    • Screenwriting 3
    • Participatory Research and Social Inquiry
    • Movements in World Cinema 2: Auteurs and Art Cinema
    • Aesthetics of Directing
    • Cinematography and Lighting
    • Recycled Images and Non-Camera Filmmaking
    • The Innovative Camera: Experiments in 16mm Filmmaking
    • Digital Editing: Fundamentals
    • Film 3: Adv. Pre-Production and Development
    • Film 4: Adv. Film Production

    To be chosen from a variety of courses across disciplines.

    Total Credits 120

    Self-Designed (BA/BS) Track

    Students can design their own media studies track. Proposals for a self-designed track must be submitted for approval to the Media Studies advisor and must (1) include a one- to two-page essay explaining the purpose and goals of the titled self-designed track; (2) articulate three to four learning outcomes; (3) identify provisionally (as new courses may be offered) three Foundation courses and three Advanced courses from across the college or other colleges that represent an increasing level of engagement with the track area.

    Examples of self-designed tracks include:

    • Media and Education
    • Media and Politics
    • Media and Global Studies
    • Media and Documentary Forms
    • Experimental Media Modes
    • Media and Sustainability
    • Media Theory and Research
    • Sound Studies