Media & Communication Studies - B.A.
Media & Communication students are curious about the production and meaning of media — news, photographs, film, music, television, video games and social networking sites — and about how audiences respond to what they read, see and hear. Our principles menu includes courses on specific media forms, while our practices menu emphasizes advertising, production, writing and management. Students select courses that complement their intellectual and professional interests, usually by designing focus areas in consultation with faculty advisors.
Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of how the major media industries work in local-global contexts.
- Analyze, interpret and evaluate the aesthetic impressions and expressions of media texts.
- Compare and contrast theories that scholars use to explain the beliefs, attitudes, values, opinions and behaviors of media audiences.
- Assess the political-economic and social-cultural influences among media industries, texts and audiences.
- Apply production or writing skills to the creation of an original project.
The program offers a strong liberal arts education and opportunities to study abroad. Media internships serve as springboards for career opportunities in a variety of industries. Additionally, students are well-positioned to pursue graduate degrees in a variety of fields.
Media & Communication Studies
A four-year program leading to the bachelor of arts degree
|MCST1005||Introduction to Media & Communication Studies||3|
|MCST1150||Introduction to Media Production *||3|
|or MCST2450||Writing in Digital Media|
|MCST3090||Critical Perspectives on New Media||3|
|MCST3700||Media Research Methods||3|
|MCST4200||Senior Seminar in Media & Communication Studies||3|
|Major Electives - Principles|
|Choose five of the following: **||15|
|Introduction to Film|
|The Graphic Novel|
|History of Photography|
|Radio, Records and Popular Music|
|Latinx Music Culture|
|Special Topics in Media Studies|
|Introduction to Gender Studies|
|Race, Politics and Power in America|
|Women in American Political Life|
|Sociology of Race and Ethnicity|
|Gender in Global Perspective|
|Children, Youth and Media|
|Media & Popular Culture|
|Honors Seminar: Social Inequalities|
|Sociology of Digital Environments|
|History of Globalization|
|The Legal Environment of Business I|
|Political Parties, Social Movements and Interest Groups|
|Major Electives - Practices|
|Choose five of the following: **||15|
|Food Media Presentation Skills|
|Design for Motion|
|Digital Video II|
|Introduction to Media Production|
|Foundations of Digital Photography|
|Motion Picture Editing|
|Cinematic Lighting Studio|
|Introduction to Newswriting|
|Introduction to Creative Writing|
|Introduction to Food Writing|
|Introduction to Travel Writing|
|Introduction to Sports Writing|
|Introduction to Fashion Writing|
|Literary Editing and Publishing|
|Intermediate Creative Writing|
|Intermediate Nonfiction Writing|
|Advanced Creative Writing Workshop|
|Advanced Nonfiction Writing Workshop|
|Writing for Radio, Television and Film|
|Writing for Publication|
|Writing in Digital Media|
|Introduction to Environmental Journalism|
|Introduction to Multimedia Storytelling|
|Introduction to Digital/Social/Mobile Media|
|Screen Design & Coding I|
|Image Editing and Design|
|User Experience and Content Design I|
|Motion Graphics I|
|Basics of Screen Design & Coding|
|Content Management Systems|
|Basics of Print Design|
|Motion Graphics II|
Marketing & Advertising
|Public Relations and Corporate Communications|
|Creative Concepts and Strategy|
|Digital Media Planning|
|Advanced Business Communication|
|Social Media Marketing|
|The Business of the Entertainment Industry|
|Introduction to the Music Industry|
|New Media Literacy in Sports, Entertainment and Event Management|
|Concert, Tour and Music Festival Production Management|
|Television and Movie Production Management|
|Choose 6 credits from the following: ***||6|
|College of Arts & Sciences Internship Ic|
|Directed Experiential Education D|
|Undergraduate Research Experience|
|Honors Directed Academic Experience|
|Related Professional Studies|
|A&S Core Experience|
|Communications Foundation Courses||9|
|Rhetoric & Composition I|
|Rhetoric & Composition II|
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
|Arts and Humanities||6|
Two courses from different disciplines: ART, HIST, HUM, LIT, PHIL, or REL
|A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)|
One MATH-designated course
One course from BIO, CHM, PHY or SCI
Two courses from different disciplines: ANTH, ECON, GEND, LEAD, PSCI, PSYC, RES or SOC
Two courses with an EASC attribute
|Free Electives #|
|15 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university||15|
A student's major course selection may not be used as a major elective.
Students are responsible for meeting prerequisites.
In lieu of an internship, directed experiential education, research course, or study abroad, students may use the Applied/Experiential Learning credits toward a minor.
IcTypically, internships require a minimum of six credits. Students interested in a 9 or 12-credit internship can apply additional experiential learning and free elective credits, if available. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling internship and free elective credits.
D Directed Experiential Education (DEE) opportunities are based on project availability with community partners and student eligibility. For more information, visit Experiential Education & Career Services (EE&CS).
# In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty advisor before scheduling free elective credits.
NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Pre-Algebra or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).
Note: Students must pass ENG0001 Writing Workshop or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in ILS 2000 level courses
In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Global Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, arts and sciences, and elective credit at many affordable price points for students during the academic year, break periods, and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester or full year. Financial aid may be applied and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go?