Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies
 
Media Studies Undergraduate Program 

The Media Studies program offers:

      • BA in Media and Communication
      • Minor in Media and Communication
      • Minor in Film and Visual Culture

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.

Transfer into the BA in 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. For students beginning in Fall of 2016, the BA requirements for Media and Communication are:

Core Requirements - 16 credits

List A: General Electives - 15 credits

List B: Practice-based Electives - 9 credits


5 classes:
-Intro to Media Studies
-Communication Theory
-Arab Media & Society
-Telegraph to Twitter
-Senior Seminar in Arab Media

Internship +Media Brown Bag

 

5 classes of your choice from the list

 

Your choice of 3 credit classes and 1 credit media labs

Other requirements:
• Research Methods (MCOM 210, or any approved methods class from other dept.), SOAN 237, CMPS 207, FAS GE requirements (unchanged)

List A Electives (15 credits)
Course numbers: 205, 215-239, 290-2 (Special topics) 299
• Interpersonal Communication (MCOM 205)
• Media Law and Ethics (MCOM 215)
• Public Opinion (MCOM 216)
• Political Communication Campaigns (MCOM 217)
• Media Activism for Social Change (MCOM 218)
• Media Depictions of Society (MCOM 219)
• Popular Culture (MCOM 220)
• War and Media (MCOM 221)
• Introduction to Visual Culture Studies (MCOM 222)
• On Television (MCOM 223)
• Palestine Film and Media (MCOM 224)

List B Electives (9 credits)
Course numbers: 240-259, 295, and designated special topics
• News Reporting and Writing (MCOM 240)
• Digital and Media Literacy (MCOM 241)
• Public Relations (MCOM 242)
• Advertising (MCOM 243)
• Specialized News Reporting and Writing (MCOM 244)
• Broadcast Media (MCOM 245)
• Digital and Multimedia News (MCOM 246)
• Trauma Journalism (MCOM 247)
• Data Journalism (MCOM 248)
• All labs (MCOM 295a....Z: 1 credit)
• Arabic for the Media (ARAB 223)

New MCOM Course Numbering, Pre/co-requisites, & Frequency

New

Title

Old Number

Pre-requisite

201

Introduction to Media Studies

201

ENG 203 pre/coreq

202

Communication Theory

221

None

203

Arab Media and Society

220

MCOM 201, 202 or instructor permission

204

From Telegraph to Twitter: Media History

263

MCOM 201

205

Interpersonal Communication

204

None

210

Research Methods in Media Studies

210

None

215

Media Law and Ethics

211

None

216

Public Opinion

250

None

217

Political Communication Campaigns

251

MCOM 202 or instructor permission

218

Media Activism for Social Change

252

None

219

Media Depictions of Society

262

MCOM 201

220

Popular Culture

None

221

War and Media

None

222

Introduction to Visual Culture Studies

None

223

On Television

Junior standing or instructor permission

224

Palestine Film & Media

Junior standing or instructor permission

240

News Reporting and Writing

203

None

241

Digital and Media Literacy

202

None

242

Public Relations

230

MCOM 201

243

Advertising

231

MCOM 201

244

Specialized News Reporting and Writing

240

MCOM 240 or instructor permission

245

Broadcast Media

241

MCOM 240 or instructor permission

246

Digital and Multimedia News

242

MCOM 240 or instructor permission

247

Trauma journalism

243

MCOM 240 or instructor permission

248

Data Journalism

244

MCOM 240 or instructor permission

260

Senior Seminar in Arab Media

260

Senior Standing

290

Special Topics Seminar

290

291

Special Topics (Humanities)

291

292

Special Topics (Social Science)

292

294

Media Brownbag

295A

295B-Z

Media Labs

295B-Z

296

Internship

296

3 credits from List B, 294, junior standing, instructor permission

299

Directed Study

299

Old Requirements
(For students who entered the program prior to the 2016-17 academic year, and choose not to transfer to the new requirements).
Requirements for the BA program are (with the new course numbering): MCOM 201, 202, 203, 210, 215, 240, 241, 296 (1 credit), and at least 3 credits worth of MCOM 294 and 295B….Z), and an additional 15 credits in elective MCOM courses. Students are also required to take:
SOAN 237, CMP S207, and ARAB 223 and satisfy all General Education Requirements. Students formally exempted from the Arabic Language Requirement are strongly advised to take courses in Arabic as a foreign language.

Minor in Media and Communication

Three core courses (MCOM 201, MCOM 202, MCOM 203) and any two MCOM electives, totaling 15 credits.

NEW: Minor in Film and Visual Culture

• Two core courses: ENGL 219 (Film as Text) and MCOM 222 (Intro to Visual Culture Studies);
• Two electives from the following: ENGL 241A, ENGL 257 (A….Z), MCOM 219, MCOM 220, MCOM 221, SOAN 236, SOAN 250, or other classes/special topics courses approved by the coordinator of the minor program;
• One elective from the following: ENGL 239, ENGL 254A, MCOM 245, MCOM 246 or special topics courses approved by the coordinator of the minor program;
• One lab from the following: MCOM 295C, MCOM 295E or other labs that may be offered with permission of the minor coordinator.

 
 
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