Media Studies Undergraduate Program Sample Schedules

Want to see what your path might look like as a media 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. Keep our academic requirements in mind—for a bachelor of arts degree (BA), you’ll need to take two years of a foreign language, and for a bachelor of science (BS), you’ll need to take at least one year of math.

The tables below show a general breakdown of courses for prospective students. Current SOJC students: Please meet with an advisor to discuss your specific schedule.

Fall Term - First Year

Title Credit
Foreign Language 101 (BA) or MATH/CIS (BS) 4
J201 Media & Society 4
WR 121 College Composition I 4
Arts & Letters Course >1 4

Winter Term - First Year 

Title Credit
Foreign Language 102 or MATH/CIS (BS) 4
J100 Media Professions 2
WR 122 College Composition II 4
Science Course >3 4

Spring Term - First Year

Title Credit
Foreign Language 103 (BA) or MATH/CIS (BS) 4
J101 Grammar for Communicators 2
Arts & Letters Course >1 4
Non-J Minor Course 4

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

Title Credit
Foreign Language 201 (BA) or Math/CIS (BS) 4
J211 Gateway to Media 8

Winter Term - Second Year

Title Credit
Foreign Language 201 (BA) or Math/CIS (BS) 4
J212 Writing for Communicators 4
Arts & Letters Course >1 4
Non-J Minor Course 4

Spring Term - Second Year

Title Credit
Foreign Language 203 (BA) or Math/CIS (BS) 4
J213 Fact or Fiction 4
Arts & Letters Course >1 4
Non-J Minor Course 4

Second-Year Benchmarks

  • Consider starting a minor.
  • Do informational interviews.
  • Begin creating a portfolio.
  • Craft a resumé and cover letter.
  • Meet with your faculty advisor.

Fall Term - Third Year

Title Credit
J314 Intro to Media Studies 4
J Core Context A 4
Science Course >3 4
Literature/Arts & Letters Course >1 4

Winter Term - Third Year

Title Credit
J Core Context A Course 4
J Core Context A Course 4
Non-J Elective 4
Elective 4

Spring Term - Third Year

Title Credit
J Core Context A Course 4
J Core Context B Course 4
Literature/Arts & Letters Course >1 4
CAS Block #2 4

Third-Year Benchmarks

  • Create a graduation plan with an advisor.
  • Continue adding to your portfolio.
  • Do an internship.
  • Gain leadership experience.
  • Start actively networking.

Fall Term - Fourth Year

Title Credit
J Core Context B Course 4
J Elective 4
Economics/Social Science Course >2 4

Winter Term - Fourth Year

Title Credit
JMS Skills Course 4
Economics/Social Science Course >2 4
CAS Block #3 4
Non-J Elective 1

Spring Term - Fourth Year

Title Credit
J413 Capstone 4
J Elective 4
CAS Block #3 4

Fourth-Year Benchmarks

  • Connect with a career advisor to discuss job search and/or graduate programs.
  • Do another internship.
  • Continue networking.

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.