Media Studies (Undergraduate)

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Bachelor's Degree and Minor in Media Studies

Analyze one of the most powerful forces in our modern world with support from award-winning scholars and researchers. Explore the inner workings and impact of media on the world while honing your analytical, critical thinking, and research skills.

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Media Studies at the SOJC

With a media studies major, you don’t just learn how to create media. You ask why it matters. You examine its history, research its forms, and explore its effect on some of the most pressing issues of our time, from free speech to issues of gender, diversity, and politics. At the SOJC, you’ll unpack the latest research with guidance from some of the field’s leading minds. And you’ll develop the skills employers want, like critical thinking and analysis.

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What You Can Do with a Media Studies Bachelor's Degree

Employers across all industries want critical thinkers who can research, analyze, and collaborate. No matter what path you choose, a media studies degree sets you apart. We prepare students for a wide range of careers—from online content creator and social media coordinator to public servant or Hollywood producer. But media studies can also launch a path to a PhD in the humanities, social sciences, or law.

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UO School of Journalism and Communication graduate Meg Rodgers
Do Research as an Undergrad

Meg Rodgers ’18 loves TV—especially its strong female characters. Her media studies major helped her turn her passion into a research project. As an undergraduate, she scored two grants to help fund her inquiry into TV’s antiheroines—women who buck stereotypically female traits like patience and humility. Her thesis topic? Why do TV audiences give more grace to antiheroes like Tony Soprano than to antiheroines like Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw?

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Hands-On Learning, Real-World Experience

Students in our program do real research—and not just in the library. They learn how to dance from children in Ghana while studying the nation’s emerging media presence. They present their work at academic symposiums. They gain hands-on experience as interns at a range of organizations. Build your portfolio as you deepen your understanding of media’s role in society.

 

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Professor Kyo Ho Youm

Meet Kyu Ho Youm
Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair

Kyu Ho Youm grew up in South Korea without the right to freedom of expression. Now he’s one of the world’s foremost experts on free speech. This SOJC professor’s research has profoundly impacted laws across the globe, including a landmark decision to allow media into South African courtrooms. His latest project? Studying the legal implications of fake news.

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Ben Pettis
What Our Alumni Say

"The media studies program pushed me to prepare for graduate school and my future academic career. It showed me that even the simplest of TV shows, movies, or even internet memes can have broad implications, and that there is always value in looking at something and asking 'Why?'" 

—Ben Pettis ’18, grad student at Colorado State University 

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