The 18-credit Minor in Media Studies is composed of one required communications course, and four elective courses selected in consultation with an adviser. At least 9 of your 18 credits must be at the 400 level. A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses that you take to fulfill requirements for the minor.
Course List - Media Studies Minor
|The Mass Media and Society||COMM 100||Mass communications in the United States: organization, role, content, and effects of newspapers, magazines, television, radio, books, and films.||3 credits|
|The Art of the Cinema||COMM 150||The development of cinema to its present state; principles of evaluation and appreciation; examples from the past and present.||3 credits|
|Survey of Electronic Media and Telecommunications||COMM 180||The development of electronic media and telecommunications, emphasizing social, economic, political, and global impact.||3 credits|
|Women, Minorities, and the Media||COMM 205||Analysis of historical, economic, legal, political, and social implications of the relationship between women, minorities, and the mass media.||3 credits|
|Law of Mass Communications||COMM 403||Nature and theories of law; the Supreme Court and press freedom; legal problems of the mass media.||3 credits|
|Political Economy of Communications||COMM 405||Structure and functions of American and other mass communications systems and their relationship to political and economic systems.
Prerequisite: ECON 102
|News Media Ethics||COMM 409||Ethical problems in the practice of journalism; principal public criticisms of news media; case study approach.||3 credits|
|International Mass Communications||COMM 410||The role of international media in communication among and between nations and peoples.
Prerequisite: select 3 credits from the following: COMM 100, COMM 110, COMM 118, COMM 150, COMM 180, COMM 251, COMM 260W, COMM 320 or COMM 370
|World Media Systems||COMM 419||Comparative study of modern mass systems and the evolution and structure of specific countries' systems.
Prerequisite: COMM 410; and select 6 credits in the arts or the humanities
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