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Webster University's Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies major is a broad communication experience within the School of Communications. In this program, students explore the design, delivery and effects of media messages in a range of communication fields and across multiple communication platforms. Media studies majors approach media from academic and practical standpoints, develop diverse professional portfolios and hone skills integral to a variety of media careers. The media studies degree affords an excellent foundation for pursuing a variety of careers within any organization that uses and values communication.

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Drew Edelstein

BA in Media Studies, '22

Learning Outcomes

Upon competition of the BA in Media Studies program, students will be able to:

  • Develop media content for different fields, platforms and audiences.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the need to think ethically when creating messages.
  • Evaluate media in historical and global context.
  • Conceive and implement effective communication strategies.
  • Analyze media content and effects.

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Details of Webster's Media Studies programs

Required Courses

  • EPMD 1000 Introduction to Media Production (3 hours)
  • MDST 1010 Media Foundations (3 hours)
  • MDST 1050 Media Writing (3 hours)
  • MDST 1160 Communication for Media Professionals (3 hours)
  • MDST 2100 Media Literacy (3 hours)
  • MDST 2800 Media, Diversity and Society (3 hours)
  • MDST 2500 Professional Development for Media Careers (3 hours)
  • MDST 3100 Social Media Strategies & Tactics (3 hours)
  • MDST 3260 Global Media Practice (3 hours)
  • MDST 3300 Media Law, Ethics & Policy (3 hours)
  • MDST 4110 Digital Media & Culture (3 hours)
  • MDST 4200 Media Research (3 hours)
  • MDST 4620 Media Practicum/Thesis* (3-4 hours)
    or MDST 4950 Internship* (3-8 hours)

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

Students in the media studies program are encouraged to explore minors, certificates or even other majors to expand their experience. Students may petition to complete a professional media practicum (internship) or senior overview with a focus in their area of concentration.

Required Courses

  • EPMD 1000 Introduction to Media Production (3 hours)
  • MDST 1050 Media Writing (3 hours)
  • MDST 2100 Media Literacy (3 hours)
  • MDST 3300 Media Law, Ethics & Policy (3 hours)
  • MDST 2800 Media, Diversity and Society (3 hours)
    or MDST 3260 Global Media Practice (3 hours)
  • MDST 3100 Social Media Strategies & Tactics (3 hours)
    or MDST 4200 Media Research (3 hours)

A Media Studies degree will prepare you for success in various career paths including:

  • Digital marketer
  • Media buyer
  • Media planner
  • Media researcher
  • Public relations officer
  • Runner, broadcasting/film/video
  • Social media manager
  • Television/film/video producer
  • Web content manager
  • Advertising account executive
  • Broadcast journalist
  • Editorial assistant
  • Event manager
  • Film director
  • Magazine journalist
  • Market researcher
  • Marketing executive
  • Media researcher
  • Photographer
  • UX designer
  • Writer
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BA in Media Communications, '15

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