Program Requirements*

The minor in Media Studies (MDST) allows students to choose from among a wide array course offerings, which focuses on contemporary media topics in one of three recommended concentrations:

  • Media, Technology and Society
  • Global Media Industries and Culture
  • Advocacy, Entrepreneurship and Social Change

A minimum of 18 credit hours is required. Students must complete MDST 1001; MDST 1002 OR 2001; and 12 additional hours of MDST coursework, 9 hours of which must be courses numbered 3000 or above. All courses counted toward the minor must be completed with a grade of C- or better. No pass/fail work may be applied.  No more than 6 credit hours of transfer work may be applied to the minor, including 3 hours of upper-division credit. The grade point average for all minor degree course work must be equal to 2.00 (C) or higher.

*(Some courses for minor are new and will not be available until the 2017/18 academic year.  Students may begin to take coursework in spring 2017, but should be aware they will need to complete the lower division courses in fall 2017 and/or spring 2018).

Students are encouraged to pursue one of the following recommended concentrations to complete the minor and should be mindful of pre-requisites as they plan their enrollment for upper-division course work. 

Media, Technology and Society

Required Courses—6 credit hours

  • MDST 1001 Foundations of Media Studies 
  • MDST 1002 Introduction to Social Media

Select four of the following—12 credit hours

  • MDST 2002 Media History
  • MDST 2010 Hacker Culture (note: spring 2017 course number is MDST 4871-002)
  • MDST 2021 Comic Books: Culture and Industry
  • MDST 3001 Media Research
  • MDST 3002 Digital Culture and Politics
  • MDST 3331 Sports-Media Complex
  • MDST 3711 Media & Popular Culture
  • MDST 4111 Crime, Media and Contemporary Culture
  • MDST 4331 Gender, Race, Class and Sexualities in Pop Culture
  • MDST 4361 TV and the Family in American Culture and Society
  • MDST 4371 Media and Religion
  • MDST 4372 Islam, Pop Culture and Media
  • MDST 4601 Media Law, Ethics and Policy
  • MDST 4841 Undergraduate Independent Study
  • MDST 4871 Special Topics in Media Studies

Global Media Industries and Culture

Required Courses—6 credit hours

  • MDST 1001 Foundations of Media Studies 
  • MDST 2001 Global Media Literacy

Select four of the following—12 credit hours

  • MDST 2010 Media Activism and Social Movements
  • MDST 3201 Media, Culture and Globalization
  • MDST 3321 Media Industries and Economics
  • MDST 4211 Asian Media and Culture
  • MDST 4371 Media and Religion
  • MDST 4372 Islam, Pop Culture and Media
  • MDST 4601 Media Law, Ethics and Policy
  • MDST 4841 Undergraduate Independent Study
  • MDST 4871 Special Topics in Media Studies

Advocacy, Entrepreneurship and Social Change

Required Courses—6 credit hours

  • MDST 1001 Foundations of Media Studies 
  • MDST 1002 Introduction to Social Media

Select four of the following—12 credit hours

  • MDST 2010 Media Activism and Social Movements
  • MDST 2012 Hacker Culture (note: spring 2017 course number is MDST 4871-002)
  • MDST 2011 Disruptive Entrepreneurship
  • MDST 2031 Documentary & Social Change
  • MDST 3001 Media Research
  • MDST 3002 Digital Culture and Politics
  • MDST 3321 Media Industries and Economics
  • MDST 3791 Media and the Public
  • MDST 4311 Youth Media: Culture and Politics
  • MDST 4601 Media Law, Ethics and Policy
  • MDST 4841 Undergraduate Independent Study
  • MDST 4871 Special Topics in Media Studies