The curriculum listed below applies to students who declared pre-journalism Fall 2013 or later.
The Media Studies (J:MS) concentration focuses on the understanding and appreciation of communication and communication technologies, historically and in their contemporary forms, as key social processes involved in the production and maintenance of societies. It provides the critical background and necessary analytic skills for making sense of the proliferation of communication products and systems as the world moves into the Information Age. In general, the program’s primary objective is to provide students with a conceptual map of the field.
Media Studies graduates have a broader range of employment possibilities because they are skilled in both the liberal arts and the practice of media. In fact, many employers in the media industry prefer graduates who have a humanities/social sciences/liberal arts background of critical thinking, which enhances their pre-professional training. The Media Studies major prepares students for careers as analysts, evaluators and producers of media messages and policies in government and private industry, as well as for graduate education in the social sciences, humanities and law.
In addition, the program is expected to serve as an intellectual commons for faculty in all sequences, exploring the conceptual similarities and differences of various professional specializations.
The Media Studies major focuses on the forms and effects of media (books, radio, film, television, photography, print, digital and electronic media) including:
- aesthetics and form and individual perception;
- the history of media;
- the ethics and effects of media in the arena of policy studies;
- the social impact of media on public opinion;
- and the relations between media and the law, free speech issues, as well as the commerce and regulation of media in the public sphere.