Media Studies at AUB signifies a rapidly expanding program that offers a graduate and undergraduate degree. In 2010, we launched the Diploma in Media Communication. In 2012, we started the MA in Media Studies, and in 2013 we inaugurated the BA in Media and Communication.
Our students come from diverse backgrounds and have various interests, but all share a passion for media. We have a growing body of academic professors and professional instructors who are experts in their fields and committed to excellence in teaching, research, and community service.
Our curriculum balances theoretical, research, critical and professional skills. It strives to establish itself as a world-class media and communication studies program rooted in the Arab region. The program aims to build well-rounded, ethical and competent communicators, media scholars, educators, and policy experts with rigorous research and critical skills, and a solid theoretical foundation.
The Media Studies program offers students a broad-based multidisciplinary liberal arts curriculum grounded in the social sciences that teaches students media theory, research and practice, and focuses on critical thinking and on the role of media in society. The program offers a regional and global scope and stresses a liberal arts approach that emphasizes theory, research, teaching, and critical skills, and includes basic practical media skills. In addition to exploring media theories, students learn research methods and systematic and critical inquiry into the nature, processes and consequences of traditional and new media. The program stresses the university’s commitment to creative and critical thinking, and civic responsibility.
The role of the media studies program is to build well-rounded ethical and competent scholars and experts with strong research and critical skills, and a solid theoretical foundation. The proposed program aims at providing a collegial environment that advances scholarship, critical thinking, and the pursuit of knowledge within. It strives to become the leading media education program in the region, through a focus on the relationship between media and society—including politics, business, economy, culture, technology, identity, ethics, and current pressing regional and global issues.
The Media Studies program has four key objectives:
1. To provide students with a solid foundation of the theories and concepts of media studies.
2. To immerse students in the main methods of research and inquiry relevant to the field of media studies.
3. To build students’ knowledge of the relationship between media and society.
4. To help students begin to build an array of professional skills in a different media.