Media Studies Undergraduate Program Degree Requirements

Curious about the media’s impact on society? Here are the academic requirements you’ll need to complete to get a degree in media studies from the SOJC.

How to Earn a Media Studies Degree

Step 1: If you're an incoming student, declare “pre-advertising," "pre-journalism,” "pre-media studies," or "pre-public relations" on your UO application. Current UO students in other majors can fill out our pre-major application form.  

Step 2: Complete the SOJC’s pre-major core requirements and courses below.

Step 3: Apply for full major status with the SOJC.

Step 4: Complete the SOJC full major core required courses. 

Step 5: Take seven core context courses in media theory and analysis. You can take them at the same time as your media studies sequence courses (see Step 6).

Step 6: Complete the media studies sequence requirements. You can take these courses at the same time as the core context courses.

Step 7: Complete all other general education and general studies requirements. You can complete these while you're working through the steps above.

Step 8: Apply for your degree. Congrats—you made it!


Minimum Requirements

24
Graded Credits at UO
2.90
Cumulative GPA
3
Pre-Major Courses

 

To graduate with an SOJC degree, you’ll also need to complete:

74
SOJC Credits
40
Upper-Divison SOJC Credits
2.70
SOJC GPA

 


Pre-Major Requirements—Complete Before Applying for Full Major

You’ll begin your SOJC journey as a pre-major, so be sure to declare “pre-media studies” on your UO application. Before taking the next step to become a full SOJC major, you’ll need to complete these pre-major requirements, ideally during your first year.

1. Pre-Major Core Courses

CodeTitleCredits
J100Media Professions2
J101Grammar for Communicators2
J201Media and Society4

2. UO Writing Requirement (Clark Honors College students are exempt from this requirement.)

CodeTitleCredits
WR 121College Composition I4
WR 122 or WR 123College Composition II or III4

WR 123 is highly recommended


Full SOJC Major Core—All SOJC Students Complete

During the term you expect to complete the pre-major requirements, you should submit an application for full major status. Once you’re accepted as an SOJC full major, you’ll need to complete the courses below.

CodeTitleCredits
J211Gateway to Media8
J212Writing for Communicators4
J213Fact or Fiction4

Core Context Courses—All SOJC Students Complete

All SOJC students must complete five classes in media theory/analysis. You can take them concurrently with the media studies sequence courses. If you’re an SOJC Honors student, you’ll meet some of these requirements with your honors courses.

CodeTitleCredits
J320Gender, Media and Diversity (prerequisite: J201)4
J385Communication Law (prerequisite: J201)4
J387Media History (prerequisite: J201)4
J396International Communication (prerequisite: J201)4
J397Media Ethics (prerequisite: J201)4

Media Studies Sequence Requirements—All Media Studies Majors Complete

Once you've completed the full major core, you can start registering for the courses below to complete your media studies degree.

CodeTitleCredits
J250Media Studies Production2
J314Introduction to Media Studies4
J415Media Studies Research Methods4
J413Media Studies Capstone (prerequisite: J314; spring term only)4

Media Studies Specialization—All Media Studies Majors Choose One and Complete

Follow your passion by specializing in a research area. Choose one of the four tracks below:

Media Technology and Society

CodeTitleCredits
J429Media Technologies and Society: Topic (take three times, with three different titles)4 (x3)
J430 or J431 or J477Culture and Power in the Media: Topic or Media Structures and Regulation: Topic or Topics in Science of Science Communication: Topic4

Media, Culture, and Power

CodeTitleCredits
J430Culture and Power in the Media: Topic (take three times, with three different titles)4 (x3)
J429 or J431 or J477Media Technologies and Society: Topic or Media Structures and Regulation: Topic or Topics in Science of Science Communication: Topic4

Media Structures and Regulation

CodeTitleCredits
J431Media Structures and Regulation: Topic (take three times, with three different titles)4 (x3)
J429 or J430 or J477Media Technologies and Society: Topic or Culture and Power in the Media: Topic or Topics in Science of Science Communication: Topic4

Documentary Studies

CodeTitleCredits
J208Introduction to Documentary Production4
J416Survey of the Documentary4
J331Digital Video Production4
J421Documentary Production4

General Studies Requirements—All SOJC Students Complete

All SOJC students must complete at least 104 non-SOJC credits. For media studies majors, choose one of the following options:

  • Non-SOJC minor. See the UO Course Catalog for a list of applicable subject areas. Most minors are 24–32 credits (6–8 courses).
  • Declare a nonmajor concentration. Take 24 credits (6 courses) from one non-SOJC area. At least 12 of these credits must be 300-level or higher, and at least 4 must be 400-level. Technical, performance, physical education, and Clark Honors College credits are not considered concentrations.
  • Double-major in a program outside the SOJC. See the UO Course Catalog for a list of major options.

Academic Support and Career Advising

Need some guidance? Our academic advisors are here for you. The SOJC Student Services Center is your one-stop shop for undergrad academic advice and career-building tips. All undergraduate SOJC students are welcome—even if you haven’t enrolled yet. Drop in to Student Services on the ground floor of Allen Hall or make an appointment to get on track to meet your goals.