Media Studies Undergraduate Program Sample Schedules

Want to see what your path might look like as a medie studies major? Here’s a sample schedule to give you an idea what classes you’ll be taking, plus term-by-term tips for keeping your education on track. For a BA, you’ll need to take two foreign language courses, and for a BS, you’ll need to take at least one math or computer information science course.

Fall Term - First Year

Title Credit
Foreign Language 101 (BA) or MATH/CIS (BS)4
J201 Media & Society4
WR 121 College Composition I4
Arts & Letters Course4

Winter Term - First Year 

TitleCredit
Foreign Language 102 or MATH/CIS (BS)4
J100 Media Professions2
WR 122 College Composition II4
Science Course4

Spring Term - First Year

TitleCredit
Foreign Language 103 (BA) or MATH/CIS (BS)4
J101 Grammar for Communicators2
Arts & Letters Course4
Non-J Minor Course4

First-Year Benchmarks

  • Complete pre-major core courses.
  • Join a student group.
  • Attend a major info session.
  • Begin career exploration.
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Explore study-abroad options.

Fall Term - Second Year

TitleCredit
Foreign Language 201 (BA) or Math/CIS (BS)4
J211 Gateway to Media8

Winter Term - Second Year

TitleCredit
Foreign Language 201 (BA) or Math/CIS (BS)4
J212 Writing for Communicators4
Arts & Letters Course4
Non-J Minor Course4

Spring Term - Second Year

TitleCredit
Foreign Language 203 (BA) or Math/CIS (BS)4
J213 Fact or Fiction4
Arts & Letters Course4
Non-J Minor Course4

Second-Year Benchmarks

  • Create a graduation plan.
  • Do informational interviews.
  • Begin creating a portfolio.
  • Craft a resumé and cover letter.
  • Meet with your faculty advisor.

Fall Term - Third Year

TitleCredit
J314 Intro to Media Studies4
J Core Context A4
Science Course4
Literature/Arts & Letters Course4

Winter Term - Third Year

TitleCredit
J Core Context A Course4
J Core Context A Course4
Non-J Elective4
Elective4

Spring Term - Third Year

TitleCredit
J Core Context A Course4
J Core Context B Course4
Literature/Arts & Letters Course4
CAS Block #24

Third-Year Benchmarks

  • Continue adding to your portfolio.
  • Consider starting a minor.
  • Do an internship.
  • Gain leadership experience.
  • Start actively networking.

Fall Term - Fourth Year

TitleCredit
J Core Context B Course4
J Elective4
Economics/Social Science Course4

Winter Term - Fourth Year

TitleCredit
JMS Skills Course4
Economics/Social Science Course4
CAS Block #34
Non-J Elective1

Spring Term - Fourth Year

TitleCredit
J413 Capstone4
J Elective4
CAS Block #34

Fourth-Year Benchmarks

  • Take the GRE or LSAT.
  • Do another internship.
  • Gain more leadership experience.
  • Continue networking.
  • Apply for law or graduate school.

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 and get on track to meet your goals.