Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies
Media Studies Undergraduate Program 

The Media Studies program offers:

      • BA in Media and Communication
      • Minor in Communication  

BA in Media and Communication

The BA in Media and Communication offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum based in both the liberal arts and social sciences, and prepares students to engage with the complexity of contemporary media. The program offers a regional and global perspective, focusing on the role of media in Arab society. Students learn systematic and critical modes of inquiry into the nature, processes and consequences of media in both historical and emerging contexts.  Students also develop relevant practical skills, coupled with critical, ethical and political perspectives on contemporary social and cultural landscapes.

The requirements for a BA in Media and Communication are 90 credits for students entering as sophomores, including 40 credits in the major. Requirements for the BA program are MCOM 201, 202, 203, 210, 211, 220, 221, an internship (MCOM 296), at least three Media Labs (MCOM 295A/B/C), and an additional 15 credits in elective MCOM courses.

In addition, students are required to take CMPS 207, SOAN 237, and ARAB 223 after they take their first Arabic General Education requirement. Students formally exempted from the Arabic Language Requirement are strongly advised to replace both Arabic courses with any two ‘Arabic as a foreign language’ courses.

To major in Media and Communication, students are first accepted provisionally until they have achieved an average of 70 or more in MCOM 201, 202 and 203, and an average of 70 or more in ENGL 203 and 204. To remain in the program, students must achieve an average of 70 or more in major courses by the end of their third semester in the major.
Transfer to Media and Communication from other departments within FAS is competitive and requires approval by the media studies program. Students will be considered for transfer to Media and Communication if they obtain an average grade of 70 or more in MCOM 201 or 202, and a grade of 70 or more in ENGL 203. If they have taken any additional MCOM courses, the average of all MCOM courses must be 70 or more. If they have taken ENGL 204, their average in ENGL 203 and 204 must be 70 or more.
The university General Education requirements are: English Communication Skills (6cr), Arabic Communication Skills (3cr), Humanities (12cr) including 3 credits from CVSP sequence I courses and 3 credits from CVSP sequence II courses, Natural Sciences (6cr), Quantitative Thought (3cr), and Social Sciences (6cr) of which at least one social sciences course must be from outside the major. 

Minor in Communication

The Media Studies program at AUB offers a minor in communication. The requirements for the minor are MCOM 201, MCOM 220, and MCOM 221, plus any two electives from the rest of the MCOM course list. To receive the minor in communication, please download the "Minor in Communication" application from the FAS website and submit it to the FAS Dean's office (to Leila Knio) when you fulfill the courses.


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