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2016-2017 Governors State University Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Governors State University Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Media Studies, B.A.

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Effective Spring 2017: The current concentrations are undergoing a revision. Students enrolling in the Media Studies, BA will not be able to select a concentration until the revisions are completed near the end of the Fall 2017 semester.

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 media communication and communication, and complemented by course options in art, independent film and digital imaging, history, anthropology, political science, and intercultural studies.

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.

Degree Requirements

Special Admissions Requirements

In addition to the university admissions requirements, students will complete a written essay outlining their media studies production experience and knowledge.

The written essay should do the following:

  1. Describe your experience with media production and tell us why you want to study media. This can include a range of media, from blogs to podcasts, short films, digital art projects and even mashups posted to YouTube.
  2. Answer these questions:
  • How do you currently use social media?
  • If you had a story to tell, or you wanted to promote a cause, how would you use media to tell this story for: TV, Internet and social media?
  • If available, include links to any media you have produced.

General Education Requirements (37 Hours)

See Bachelor’s Degree Requirements  for general education requirements.

Concentrations (15-25 Hours)

Effective Summer 2017: The current concentrations are in revision. Students enrolling in the Media Studies, BA beginning summer 2017 will not be able to select a concentration until revisions are completed by end of Fall 2017 term.

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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