Media & Communication Studies - B.A.

As of June 23, 2020, programs in this catalog will no longer be offered to new students at the Denver campus.  At the close of the 2020-2021 academic year (subject to possible courses through the summer of 2021), no programs in this catalog will be offered to any students at the Denver campus, as the Denver and North Miami campuses will be closing after the end of the 2020-2021 academic year (subject to possible courses through the summer of 2021).

Media & Communication Studies bachelor's degree program majors 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

Major Courses
MCST1005Introduction to Media & Communication Studies3
MCST2450Writing in Digital Media3
MCST2010Media Industries3
MCST2030Media Texts3
MCST2050Media Audiences3
MCST3090Critical Perspectives on New Media3
MCST4010Global Media3
MCST4190Media Research Methods3
MCST4200Senior Seminar in Media & Communication Studies3
Major Electives - Principles
Choose five of the following: *15
Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Film
Music Appreciation
Art History
World Cinemas
History of Globalization
The Legal Environment of Business I
Sports, Entertainment and Event Management Law
The Graphic Novel
Children, Youth and Media
Television Studies
American Film
Media Identities
Radio, Records and Popular Music
History of Photography
Hip-Hop Culture
Media & Popular Culture
Media Theory
Special Topics in Media Studies
Sociology I
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Gender in Global Perspective
Producing Culture, Societies and Selves: The Sociology of Culture in Global Perspective
Major Electives - Practices
Choose five of the following: *15
Marketing & Advertising
Marketing Communications
Media Strategy
Public Relations and Corporate Communications
Creative Concepts and Strategy
Advertising Campaigns
Digital Media Planning
Advanced Business Communication
Brand Marketing & Consumer Value
Social Media Marketing
Media Design & Production
Vector-Based Design
Screen Design & Coding I
Image Editing and Design
User Experience and Content Design I
Content Management Systems
Basics of Print Design
Digital Journalism
Motion Picture Editing
Media Writing
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
Media Management
The Business of the Entertainment Industry
Introduction to the Music Industry
New Media Literacy in Sports, Entertainment and Event Management
Concert and Event Production
Television and Movie Production Management
Applied/Experiential Learning
ASCI4799College of Arts & Sciences Internship Ir,Ic6
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses9
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning6
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
Social Sciences 6
Two courses from different disciplines: ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI, PSYC, or SOC
A&S Electives6
Two courses with an EASC attribute
Free Electives #
15 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university15
Total Credits121.0

IrWith department or college chair approval, Experiential Learning credits can be applied to a number of options in lieu of the required internship. Options include, but are not limited to, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses, or courses in a minor as relevant. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling experiential learning credits.    

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.

#  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 adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.

‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami.
¶CAD courses are only offered in Providence.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills are assessed in ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all four 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. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go?