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2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

Media Studies, B.A.

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The College of Arts and Sciences   B.A. in Media Studies is designed to prepare students to plan, manage, and produce media in a global, multicultural environment and will include instruction in television and trans-media production, studio and independent field production, social media and emerging media cultures, regional media industry including public media, global and non-western media systems, all informed by substantive study in the liberal arts. The Media Studies curriculum is complemented by related course offerings in communication, and by course options in art, history, anthropology, political science, computer science and intercultural studies. Students gain hands-on experience in state-of-the-art studios, work with professional production equipment, emerging technologies, and industry-standard software. On campus student broadcasting opportunities include This Week At GSU, and Sports Broadcasting.

Media Studies is an interdisciplinary field rooted in the study of the mass media and communication, drawing on the traditions, theories, and methods of the humanities and social sciences. Media Studies at GSU presents students with an integrated approach to the study of media histories, forms, technologies, and production to understand the contemporary state of media practices. This is achieved through the critical study of the media; a rigorous examination of media histories, forms, theories and technologies; and an analysis of the influence of creative producers, production practices, local to international systems, information flow, and networked users in a global context. A required internship in the media or related industries ensures that students in the MST program professionalize and gain experience to better meet the competitive demands of their chosen career field.

Program Expected Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the BA in Media Studies, students will be able to:

1. Evaluate local, global, and international perspectives and implications of the changing media environment, emerging cultures, and production practices. 

2. Develop exemplary media production skills, practices, and knowledge. 

3. Demonstrate the ability to adapt media skills and knowledge to current and emerging opportunities. 

4. Understand the relationships of media history, theory, and practice. 

5. Engage with a community focus on local and global media production. 

6. Foster meaningful interdisciplinary relationships. 

7. Participate in the ongoing development of a media praxis community through curatorial and distribution activities, and civic engagement. 

8. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and with integrity as informed and engaged global citizens.  

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements (37 Hours)

See Bachelor’s Degree Requirements  for general education requirements.

Concentrations (15-25 Hours)

Media Studies Electives (6 hours)

Select six hours of media studies courses with advisor approval.

Electives (19 - 29 Hours)

Total Minimum of 120 Hours

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