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 75 or more in MCOM 201 and 202, and a grade of 75 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 75 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. Students formally exempted from the Arabic Language Requirement are strongly advised to take courses in Arabic as a foreign language.

​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​


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

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)
  • Introduction to Photojournalism (MCOM 225)
  • Journalism and Society (MCOM 226)

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)
  • Arabic for the Media (ARAB 223)
  • Writing for Advertising & PR (MCOM 249)