Film and Media Studies Option

120 credits

The Option in Media Studies enables students to explore media history, theory, criticism, and production in relation to a variety of media forms, including film, television, and emerging technologies. Students learn to effectively analyze, create, and understand the effects of media offerings of all kinds. They are also introduced, through regular course topics and screenings, to a wide range of noteworthy media offerings that have been created and disseminated in various historical eras, including both early and contemporary films, television programs, print and online artifacts, and video games. This course of study is recommended for students who plan careers or graduate study in the fields of advertising, broadcast journalism, film, marketing, media studies, media writing, online communication, print journalism, public relations, television, and related areas.

Degree Requirements


Courses required for the Option are shown in boldface.
CM 2000 Studies in Communication and Media (TECO) 4
CM 2770 Introduction to Media and Cultural Studies (TECO) 3
CM 3480 Global Perspectives in the Media (GACO) 3
CM 3500 Media Effects 3
CM 3640 Communication Theory (WRCO) 3
CM 3650 Communication Research Methods (QRCO) 3
CM 4900 Senior Seminar 3
Societal Contexts - complete one of the following: 3
CM 3000 Rhetoric and Semiotics (INCO)
CM 3510 Communication, Media, and Wellness (WECO)
CM 3700 Media as Popular Culture
CM 3710 Film and Identity Politics (DICO)
Advanced Study - complete 15 credits from the following 15
Recommended - complete at least nine credits from the following:
CM 2400 Public Speaking
CM 3100 Communicating Through Animation
CM 3670 Journalism (TECO) (WRCO)
CM 3750 Film and Video Production Techniques
CM 3760 Advanced Digital Video Production
CM 3770 Advanced Video Art Production
CM 3800 Analyzing Television (INCO)
CM 3810 Analyzing Film (DICO)
CM 3870 Introduction to Game Design and Development
CM 3910 Topics in Media Studies
CM 3925 Topics in Screenwriting and Video Production
CM 3950 Internship
CM 4870 Advanced Game Design and Development
CM 4910 Independent Study
EN 2610 Introduction to Film
EN 3120 Advanced Composition
EN 3130 Non-Fiction Workshop
EN 3300 The Craft of Screenwriting: Reading and Writing Screenplays
EN 3320 Literature into Film
EN 3590 The Filmmaker's Vision: An Introduction to Film Analysis
EN 3680 Scriptwriting
Allowed - complete no more than six credits from the following:
CM 2910 Human Communication and Conflict
CM 3090 Technical Communication (TECO) (WRCO)
CM 4090 Advanced Technical Communication
BU 2290 Organizational Communications (WRCO)
BU 2450 Principles of Marketing
BU 3050 Special Topics in Marketing
BU 3310 Business and the Media
BU 3320 E-Commerce
BU 3340 Consumer Behavior
BU 3350 Event Marketing
BU 3360 Marketing Research
BU 3370 Advertising and Promotion Management
BU 3420 Organizational Behavior (DICO)
BU 3450 Sports Marketing
BU 3600 Corporate Public Relations
BU 4250 Marketing Management
BU 4440 Global Marketing
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
DICO Diversity Connection 3
INCO Integration Connection 3
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Foreign Language (GACO) 8
Electives 30-28

The foreign language requirement for all BA degrees calls for 0-8 credits: one year of one language (6-8 credits); or one 3000/4000 level world language course (3 credits); or being a native speaker of a language other than English (zero credit). American Sign Language I and II fulfill this requirement; however, American Sign Language does not satisfy the Global Awareness Connection.

*All course information is from the 2013-2014 Catalog.