Academic Catalog

Media Arts and Studies (B.A.)

The major in Media Arts and Studies prepares students for careers in a wide range of media industries (such as radio, television, film and interactive media), for graduate programs in production and media studies, and to compete in a rapidly changing technological world. By integrating the history, theory and analysis of media culture, practices, and technology with production experience and internship opportunities, the program prepares students to think critically and creatively about media and become skilled communicators who are socially, ethically and aesthetically astute.

In addition to the course work below, students must complete all of the department's general degree requirements.

Major Requirements: The major in Media Arts and Studies requires completion of a minimum of forty to forty-two credits in coursework as outlined below.

Required Courses
COM 1500Survey of Mass Communication3
COM 1600Introduction to Audio-Television-Film Production3
COM 1610Fundamentals of New Media Production3
COM 2010Introduction to Film4
COM 2210Media Writing and Storytelling3
History and Analysis Courses
Select two of the following:6
Media Analysis and Criticism
Telecommunications Policy: A Political Economy Approach
History of Communication Technologies
Production Courses
Select two of the following:6-7
Editing and Field Production
Audio Production
Television Production
Immersive Media Production
Capstone Course
COM 5400Techniques of Film and Video Production3-4
or COM 5510 Societal Effects of New Technologies
Select nine credits of the following (at least three credits must be at the 5000 or 6000 level):9
History of Film
Broadcast News Writing and Digital Editing
Fundamentals of New Media Communication
Media Analysis and Criticism
The African-American Film Experience
Queer Film and Media
Editing and Field Production
African Americans in Television
Audio Production
Television Production
Immersive Media Production
Telecommunications Policy: A Political Economy Approach
WAYN Radio
History of Communication Technologies
Studies in Film History
Documentary and Non-Fiction Film and Television
New Media Practices (Online)
Video Field Production and Editing
TV News Reporting and Digital Editing
Digital Animation
Techniques of Film and Video Production
Producer's Workshop
Director's Workshop
Film, Cinematography and Lighting
Societal Effects of New Technologies
Film Criticism and Theory
Advanced TV Production
Internship (Max. 6)
New Media Theory
Allesee Lectures in Media
Allesee Master Class
Directed Projects in Film and Media
Total Credits40-42

Departmental Honors Program

The Communication Department Honors program offers capable students the opportunity to pursue independent study and to  work closely with department faculty members. Completion of the honors major results in an honors degree designation on the diploma.

In order to enter the departmental honors program students must have achieved academic excellence in previous work, such as a high school g.p.a. of 3.5 or a college or university g.p.a. of 3.3. Students must meet all regular major requirements including the following: three honors-option courses within their major at the 2000 level or above, taught by full-time faculty members (internships cannot satisfy this requirement), at least one HON 42xx-level seminar offered through the Honors College, a senior honors thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor in their major area (COM 4996) and maintain a minimum g.p.a. of 3.3 cumulative and in the major.

Back to top