Media Studies BS

Bachelor of Science in Media Studies

General Education Requirements

All Media Studies majors must satisfy the University and the College of Arts and Sciences' 42-hour General Education core requirements, which include ENGL 1100 and the Math proficiency requirement.

A Junior-level writing class is required.

The Cultural Diversity requirements may be satisfied by General Education courses or other lower- or-upper level courses in various departments.

State Government/History graduation requirements may be satisfied by General Education courses or by other lower-or-upper level courses in various departments.

There is no foreign language requirement, but foreign language proficiency is recommended.

Degree Requirements

Media Studies majors must complete 36 hours as part of the degree.  At least 24 hours must be taken at UMSL. A core of 21 hours is required.

Required Core Courses for all media studies majors:

Required Core Courses for all media studies majors:
COMM 1050Introduction to Mass Communication3
MEDIA ST 2235Media Theory3
Select at least two of the following introductory courses:6
Introduction to Public Relations
Introduction to Cinema
Introduction to Advertising
Introduction to Broadcasting and Digital Media
Select at least two of the following applied writing courses: 6
Public Relations Writing
Introduction to News Writing
Advertising Copywriting
Introduction to News Writing
Broadcast Writing and Reporting
Feature Writing
Capstone3
Practicum in Media Studies
Advanced Advertising Seminar
Internship in Media Studies
Senior Project
Total Hours21

Students must also complete 15 credit hours of electives. Of these, at least six credit hours must be 2000 or higher and another six must be 3000 and higher. Practicum and Internship courses may be repeated for credit and a combined total of six credit hours in Practicum/Internship can be applied to the major. A limit of 20 hours of Practicum/Internship courses will be accepted towards the 120 hour degree. Students may apply up to three of the approved communication courses listed below toward the major as media studies electives.

COMM 3150Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Communication3
COMM 3330Research Methods in Communication I3
COMM 3352Mass Media in Society3
COMM 3355Dangerous Messages3
COMM 3360Media and Health Communication3
COMM 3370Social Media in Public Relations3
COMM 4100Communication Campaigns3
COMM 4199Applied Strategic Communication3