Media Studies, BA

Offered in: Chicago

The Department of Communication offers three majors and four minors targeted toward careers or advanced study in the media professions— journalism, integrated marketing communications (advertising and public relations) and media studies.

Media Studies is an interdisciplinary program for those interested in exploring the media and their effects and avenues of influence in society, politics, and culture. The Media Studies major provides students with the objective knowledge, tools, and skills needed to access, analyze, evaluate and create messages using all forms of media technology. The major in media studies prepares students for graduate study as well as for work in the media industries and careers involving mediated communications. The major in Media Studies can only be completed at the Chicago campus.

The Media Studies curriculum blends theory and practice in order to provide students with professional skills in their chosen field. Classes are taught by full-time and adjunct faculty with professional backgrounds in communications fields. Ethics, leadership development, and civic engagement are thematically woven into the fabric of course readings, assignments, and activities.

Media Studies majors are encouraged to pursue a minor in related and complementary fields such as Journalism or Integrated Marketing Communications or in one of the social science fields like Psychology or  Sociology.

Prerequisites

Students must have completed COMM 201 COMMUNICATION IN THE INFO AGE (formerly JOUR 201 COMMUNICATION IN THE INFORMATION AGE) or its equivalent with a grade of C or better to begin their studies in the Media Studies major.

Requirements

Students will complete a total of 12 courses (36 credit hours) for the major in Media Studies including eight core courses and four electives.

  • All students in this major are required to complete a two-course, fall/spring capstone course sequence for this major. In MED 380, Media Research Methods, offered every fall term, students study the principles of media research and work to identify a research topic of interest. In MED 381, Media Studies Research Project, offered every spring term, students learn how to design and implement primary research and prepare and present a final report on the identified research topic.
  • Transfer students must complete eight MED courses (24 credit hours) at Roosevelt.
  • No 100-level courses may count toward the hours required for this major.
  • No Pass/Fail grades are accepted for this major.
  • All courses for the major must be completed with a minimum grade of C (not C-) or better.
Core
MED 203INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA THEORY3
MED 221INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA PRODUCTION3
MED 306MEDIA LITERACY3
MED 351PUBLIC OPINION AND PROPAGANDA3
MED 363MEDIA ETHICS3
MED 375MEDIA ANALYSIS AND CRITICISM3
MED 380MEDIA RESEARCH METHODS3
MED 381MEDIA STUDIES RESEARCH PROJECT3
Electives
Four courses at the 200-or-300-level in MED, JOUR, IMC, or SPCH12
General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives
Courses to total 12084
Total Credit Hours120

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR 13
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
English Composition 2
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Humanities
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding ENG 101 and ENG 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies9
Mathematics
MATH 110QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or above) 33
Non-Western requirement
Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements)3
RU mission-related course 2
LIBS 201WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE3
Science
One biological science and one physical science required (at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors)7-8
Social Sciences
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies9
Total Credit Hours49-50
1

Required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 credit hours

2

Minimum grade of C- required

3

Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements--see advisor

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 credit hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 credit hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 credit hours (of the 60 credit hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 credit hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)