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2015 - 2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015 - 2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Media Studies, B.S.

Media Studies Major

The Media Studies Major is designed for students with an interest in media or other related communication fields. Majors may earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree and, in addition to core courses, must select one of three concentrations: Advertising, Journalism, or Production Technology.

Students are encouraged to select one of the concentrations no later than the second semester of their sophomore year.

All majors in Media Studies must complete: 1) 43-45 hours of University Core Curriculum requirements; 2) the 6 to 8-hour B.S. requirement or the 6 to 8-hour B.A. requirement; 3) 6 hours of the School of Communication Core Requirements and 36 hours of a concentration in Advertising, Journalism, or Production Technology; and 4) elective courses for a total of 120 hours. Students must take 300-level and above courses for at least 6-credits of their media studies electives. A minor is strongly recommended.

B.S. Requirements (6-8 credits)

Working closely with their advisors, students will understand the Bachelor of Science degree requires six to eight semester hours (in addition to the Core Curriculum requirements) selected from any of the following: mathematical science, natural and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, in any combination.

School of Communication Core (6 credits)

Students in the School of Communication must complete these two courses with a grade of “C” or higher.


Advertising Concentration

The Advertising Concentration prepares students for positions in advertising by providing both theoretical and aesthetic elements as well as skills in the production of advertisements in a variety of media.

Total required hours for the concentration (36 credits)


*Advertising concentration students must complete COMS 223  with a grade of “C” or higher.

**Students wishing to complete an internship must have a 2.0 GPA in the major and must apply and interview for the privilege of participating in an internship experience.

Electives (6 credits)

Choose 6 credit hours of elective credits from School of Communication courses at the 300 or 400 level.


Journalism Concentration

The Journalism Concentration prepares students for careers in researching, writing, preparing and disseminating public information though conventional and digitally-transmitted media, including newspapers, magazines, the Internet, radio, television, and cable.

Production Technology Concentration

The Production Technology Concentration prepares students for positions in creative production in corporate, industrial and professional environments, utilizing the Web, multimedia, radio, television, and field production.

Total required hours for the concentration (36 credits)

Core Curriculum Requirements (43-45 credits)

In College Core B , all majors in programs in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences are required to pass a second course in Social and Behavioral Sciences; i.e., CHBS majors cannot fulfill College Core B requirements with a Health and Wellness course.