Media Studies Undergraduate Program Courses

See what you’ll learn in SOJC required courses, and explore a few options for electives. Browse the UO Class Schedule to find out which courses are offered in the coming terms.

J100 Media Professions (2 credits)
Get an introduction to the four SOJC majors and provides a window into a range of dynamic media and communication professions, opportunities, and issues. The course has its own hashtag: #MPATUO. Follow it on Twitter to see what current students are saying.

J101 Grammar for Communicators (2 credits)
Get an intensive review of grammar, word use, spelling, and principles of clear, concise writing, and media style. Pre-major status required.

J201 Media and Society (2 credits)
Get an introduction to the critical examination of the roles of media in society.

J211 Gateway to Media (8 credits)
This unique, three-course sequence of required courses integrates critical thinking, creative thinking, and basic skills for nonfiction storytelling while helping you build storytelling skills using words, photos, audio, and video. 

J212 Writing for Communicators (4 credits)
Develop the ability to write for a variety of professional platforms while achieving strategic purposes.

J213 Fact or Fiction (4 credits)
Learn how to grapple with information in the digital age to evaluate credibility, social media algorithms, and data and numerical literacy.

J314 Introduction to Media Studies (4 credits)
Get a historical overview of the study of media, with in-depth discussion on primary theoretical approaches and their application to current media.

J320 Gender, Media, and Diversity (4 credits)
This critical study of the media’s representation of gender, race, ethnicity, and other social divisions explores ramifications and possible mechanisms of change.

J385 Communication Law (4 credits)
Learn about legal aspects of the media, including constitutional freedom of expression, news gathering, access to public records, libel, privacy, copyright, and advertising.

J387 Media History (4 credits)
Explore the changing structure and character of the media in the United States.

J396 International Communication (4 credits)
Learn about national and cultural differences in media, global news and information flow, implications of technological change, and communication and information policies.

J397 Media Ethics (4 credits)
Explore ethical problems in the media, including privacy, violence, pornography, truth-telling, objectivity, media codes, public interest, and media accountability.

J412 Issues in Communication Studies: Topic (4 credits)
Use a variety of theories and methods to examine specific aspects of media content, processes, and audiences. Repeatable when topic changes. Topics change each term. Here are a couple recent examples:

  • J412 Top Studying Games (4 credits)
    Explore the game industry, its history, and video game culture. Examine critical topics, from industrial labor and globalization to gender and race representations.
  • J412 Black American Media (4 credits)
    You’ll explore the ways Black Americans use media to address social injustices, build political consciousness, and strengthen belonging by examining scholarly research and analyzing media texts. 

J413 Media Studies Capstone (4 credits)
Draw on skills and knowledge you learned in communications studies and related courses to demonstrate competence in broad areas of research.

J421 Documentary Production (4 credits)
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to prepare, shoot, and do postproduction on a short documentary.

J467 Issues in International Communication: Topic (4 credits)
Topics in this rotating course focus on global media issues. Repeatable twice for a maximum of 12 credits when topic changes. Topics change each term.

J494 Strategic Communication Research Methods (4 credits)
Get an introduction to how and why public relations and advertising professionals conduct and use research to formulate strategic campaigns and evaluate their effectiveness.

J495 Research Methods: Topic (4 credits)
Learn how to use a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods to examine concepts and processes of research used in such areas as advertising, journalism, and strategic communication. Topics change each term.

J496 Issues in Communications Ethics & Law: Topic (4 credits)
Analyze ethical and legal issues confronting the communications industry using various theories, readings, and cases relevant to the specific topic. Topics change each term.

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