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Media Studies

Major & Minor

Have you ever wanted to produce a film, write a screenplay, or understand with greater depth the role of celebrity in our culture?  As a Media Studies student, you will investigate the wide range of approaches to understanding and interpreting media forms and practices, especially television, film, video games, and the internet. Your courses will have you consider industries, audiences, and culture as you apply the theories and practices of Media Studies to analyze and interpret movies, TV, and more. This deeper media literacy is an increasingly important aspect of a wide variety of career fields, and a practical skill for any well-educated person.  

Student Productions

Double Date

Double Date

Produced by: Nick Chaviers, Habib Oulahna, and Rachel Bowman

Course: Advanced Video Production

Let's Use Our Imagination

Let's Use Our Imagination

Produced by: Gaby Margocs, Rachel Storm, Prince Balkaran, Daniel Graham, and Christina Hernandez

Course: Digital Video II 

All-Nighter

All-Nighter

Produced by: Carolyn Yao and Kim Shelton

Course: Digital Video II

Our Noir

Our Noir

Produced by: student-faculty collaboration

Course: Film Noir Seminar class

Finish in Four*

with the skills to launch your career 

Whether you are creating a short film,

or video essay or analyzing a Netflix series, your four-year academic experience will strengthen and refine your skills in critical thinking, media production, and collaboration. With a degree in Media Studies, upon graduation you will be prepared to:

  • consider the relationship between media and society, developing a deeper understanding of cultural diversity and its impact on media representation and practices, including issues related to race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability; 
  • demonstrate proficiency in the use of video production tools, including cameras, lights, microphones, and editing software; and 
  • work collaboratively in a team-based environment to solve problems. 

Explore our Graduate Outcomes to learn more about what our graduates are doing today. 

Program Highlights

Student during Study Abroad trip

Ida Green, as it is commonly
known, was recently renovated
and reopened in fall 2021. The first
floor was renovated to create the 
Sally and Jim Nation Learning
Commons, a popular study hub on
campus, and the Sally and Jim
Nation Theatre, a 500-seat theatre. 
This multi-purpose area hosts a 
variety of campus activities, including
classes, guest lectures, and group
meetings.

Read More about Ida Green Communications Center
Student during Study Abroad trip

Our Professionalism and the Humanities (PATH) program helps you build career-ready skills, explore the real-world career paths of successful recent alumni, and incorporate project-based learning into your courses that allow you to work with community organizations, develop exhibitions, and learn about the publishing process. 

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Meet our Faculty

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Popular Courses

  • Hollywood Stars 
  • Games in Contemporary Culture  
  • Mediating Gender & Sexuality  
  • Persuasive Media 
  • Screenwriting 
  • Viewers, Users, and Fans  
  • Film Noir and GenreKids, Tweens, Teens & the Media