Effective Fall 2016, the media studies minor has new requirements. Students must meet these new requirements if they declared the minor Fall 2016 or later. Students who declared the minor prior to Fall 2016 may still complete the older version of the minor (below):

The Media Studies minor provides an overview of mass communication and requires 24 credits from the classes listed below. You must have at least a 2.0 and apply to the minor. All minor courses must be taken graded and passed with a “C” grade or higher. You may not take minor courses pass/no pass. This minor is not available to majors in the School of Journalism and Communication.

Required courses (8 credits/2 courses):

  • J201 Media and Society (offered every term)
  • J314 Intro to Media Studies (fall term only)

Elective courses (choose 16 credits/4 courses). Most courses have J201 as a prerequisite:

  • J320 Gender, Media and Diversity
  • J340 Principles of Advertising
  • J350 Principles of Public Relations
  • J385 Communication Law
  • J387 Media History
  • J396 International Communication
  • J397 Media Ethics
  • J412 Issues in Communication Studies [Topic]*
  • J467 Issues in International Communication [Topic]*
  • J496 Issues in Communication Ethics & Law [Topic]*

*These are special topics courses. Course titles offered within each “topic” will vary. These courses are repeatable three times if the topics have different titles.


If you declared the Media Studies minor before Fall 2016:

All minor courses must be taken graded and passed with a “C” grade or higher. You may not take minor courses pass/no pass. This minor is not available to majors in the School of Journalism and Communication.

Required course (4 credits):

  • J201 Media and Society

Elective courses (choose 20 credits/5 courses). Most courses have J201 as a prerequisite:

  • J320 Gender, Media and Diversity
  • J340 Principles of Advertising
  • J350 Principles of Public Relations
  • J385 Communication Law
  • J387 Media History (formerly taught as “Communication History”)
  • J396 International Communication
  • J397 Media Ethics
  • J412 Issues in Communication Studies [Topic]*
  • J467 Issues in International Communication [Topic]*
  • J496 Issues in Communication Ethics & Law [Topic]*

*These are special topics courses. Course titles offered within each “topic” will vary. These courses are repeatable three times if the topics have different titles.


Communication Studies minor:

The Communication Studies minor is discontinued. Students who wish to complete this minor must graduate from the University of Oregon by Summer 2016.