Media and Culture- Bachelor of Arts

For more information, please contact the mass communication area of the Department of Communication, 120 Williams Hall (513-529-3521).

Media and Culture is a field of inquiry that examines the processes, institutions, and effects of the media as they function in national and international contexts. The general goals of this curriculum are threefold: 1. to develop students' competence in the critique of communication practices, 2. to increase students' appreciation of the history of media communication, and 3. to understand its impact on policies, institutions, and culture. Students study a broad range of media issues, including critical and cultural studies, communication technology and policy analysis, international communication, gender and sexuality issues, ethnic and minority studies, and more. In addition, students experience how to put this knowledge into practice in various forms of media production.

Program Requirements

(38-39 semester hours)

Foundation (take both)

COM 143 Introduction to Media (3)

COM 146 Media Aesthetics (3)

Core (take all four)

COM 211 Introduction to Video Production (4)

COM 212 Media, Representation, and Society (3)

COM 213 Writing for Media (3)

COM 215 Media History (3)

Major Electives (five of these)

COM 206 Diversity and Culture in American Film (3)

COM 267 Practicum in Electronic Media Production II (1-3)

COM/FST 282 Sexualities and Film (3)

COM 301 Journalism Law and Ethics (3)

COM 311 Digital Film Production (3)

COM 312 TV Studio Production (3)

COM 314 Advanced Electronic Journalism: Video (3)

COM 325 Social Media Cultures (3)

COM 343 Advanced Audio Production (3)

COM 353 Audience Studies (3)

COM 355 Media Technology & Culture (3)

COM 443 Media Economics (3)

COM 446 Media Globalization (3)

COM 450 Topics in Communication

COM/WGS 461 Gender, Sexuality and Media (3)

Signature Experiences (at least one of these) - Additional Signature Experiences courses can also count toward major electives

COM 414 Capstone Pictures: Project in Digital Narrative Film Production (4; maximum 8)

COM 415 Practicum in Television Journalism (4)

COM 426 Inside Washington (8)

COM 427 Inside Washington Semester Experience (4)

COM 445 Electronic Media Policy and Regulation (3)

COM 447 Mass Media Criticism (3)

COM 454 The Washington Community (3-4)

COM 462 Red Atlantic: Practicum in U.K. Media, Advertising & Public Relations (3)

Related Courses (none required, but up to two of the five major elective courses can come from these)

CMS 201 Introduction to Comparative Media Studies (4)

CMS 301 Comparative Approaches to Media Studies (3)

CMS 350 Special Topics in Comparative Media Studies (3)

ENG 422 Creative Writing: Screenwriting (3)

IMS 211 The Analysis of Play (3)

JRN 202 Reporting and News Writing II (3)

JRN 314 Advanced Electronic Journalism: Video (3)

FST (any course)

Notes on Curriculum:

Students must complete a second major or two minors. Courses from the minors or second major can NOT be used to satisfy any requirements in the major.

COM Independent Studies (177, 277 377, and 477) and COM Internship (340) do not fulfill any specific Mass Communication curriculum requirement.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Communication meet the CAS writing requirement by completing the following courses: For Speech COM: COM 262 and 439; for Strategic COM: COM 262 and 459; and for Media and Culture: COM 213 and any Media and Culture course at the 400 or higher level.

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