Media Communications (BA)


2014-2015 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Effective 1 June 2014 through 31 May 2015

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF version of past catalogs.

This program offered by School of Communications/Communications and Journalism Department

Program Description

The BA in media communications enables students to become familiar with several areas within the communications curriculum. Students will take a core that will ground them in media theory, writing and production, and then select a 12-hour concentration within the programs in the School of Communications.

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Learning Outcomes

Successful graduates of this program will be able to:

  • interpret media messages;
  • communicate effectively in context;
  • demonstrate creative problem solving;
  • exhibit professional knowledge and skills.

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Portfolio Review Course Requirements

Students must pass a portfolio review, ordinarily in their junior year. To be eligible for the review, students must complete 15 credit hours in the School of Communications, including MEDC 1010, EPMD 1000 or EPMD 1010, and nine additional hours within the School of Communications.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 39 required credit hours
  • Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours
  • Electives

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Required Courses

  • EPMD 1000 Introduction to Media Production (3 hours)
    or EPMD 1010 Introduction to Media Production for Journalists (3 hours)
  • MEDC 1010 Introduction to Mass Communications (3 hours)
  • MEDC 1050 Introduction to Media Writing (3 hours)
    or JOUR 1030 Fundamentals of Reporting (3 hours)
  • MEDC 1630 Media Literacy (3 hours)
  • MEDC 2200 Ethics in the Media (3 hours)
  • MEDC 2800 Cultural Diversity in the Media (3 hours)
    or MEDC 3260 International Communications (3 hours)
  • MEDC 4100 The Law and the Media (3 hours)
  • SPCM 1280 Interpersonal Communications (3 hours)
  • MEDC 4620 Senior Overview (3 hours)
    or MEDC 4950 Internship* (3 hours)

*Capstone Course-student must earn a grade of no less than B

In addition, students will choose a 12-credit concentration in any one of the disciplines in the School of Communications (ADVT, ANIM, AUDI, FILM, FLST, INTM, JOUR, MEDC, PBRL, PHOT, SCPT, SPCM, VIDE). At least six hours of those twelve must be at the 3000-level or above. They may petition to complete a professional media practicum (internship) or senior overview with a focus in their area of concentration.


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