Interactive Media Studies (Co-Major)


No specific degree is designated for this co-major. Students select another major at Miami (receiving the degree designation of that major) and choose Interactive Media Studies (Co-Major) as a second major.

What is Interactive Media Studies (Co-Major)?

Interactive media is the integration of digital media, including combinations of electronic text, graphics, moving images, and sound, into a structured digital computerized environment that allows people to interact with the data for appropriate purposes. Interactive Media Studies is an interdisciplinary program that brings together students and faculty throughout the university to investigate how interactive media informs and transforms their disciplinary perspective. Through problem-based learning and team-oriented projects, students learn how to apply their theoretical knowledge to innovative digital solutions.

What are the features of Miami’s program?


Like the IMS Major, the IMS Co-Major includes courses that span across the breadth of Miami University’s offerings and brings the inherently interdisciplinary world of technology to the traditionally disciplined student.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

Students are admitted to the major upon successful completion of the following requirements:

  • Current students can apply any time beginning the second semester of the first year.
  • A 3.0 GPA is required. There are a limited number of slots for existing students; acceptance into the major & co-major is competitive and based on a number of criteria beyond GPA. 

What courses would I take?

There are two foundation tracks to give students a breadth of understanding from two key foci — making and analyzing. Advanced track “concentrations” allow students to focus their experience on a particular area of interactive media. It is recommended that these concentrations are specifically chosen to complement their major. Finally, the senior-level courses provide opportunities for all AIMS students to work collaboratively.

Full program requirements for the Co-Major in Interactive Media Studies»

What can I do with this major?

AIMS research includes topics such as e-commerce, computational art, digital humanities, visualization, rapid prototyping, game design, physical computing, web development, game development, game studies, design thinking, interaction design, user experience design, user interface design, usability, Internet and social media marketing, virtual and augmented reality, mobile computing, and mechatronics, just to name a few active areas of interest.

Who can I contact for more information?

Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies
203 Laws Hall
Oxford, OH 45056

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