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Media Studies, BA

Offered in: CHICAGO

The major in Media Studies can only be completed at the Chicago campus. Media Studies is an interdisciplinary program for those interested in exploring the media and their effects and avenues of influence in society, politics, and culture.

Standards

All courses in the major must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisites

Students must have completed COMM 201 (formerly JOUR 201) or its equivalent with a grade of C or better to begin their studies in the Media Studies major. Transfer students must complete at least eight courses (24 semester hours) at Roosevelt.

Requirements

Students will complete a total of 12 courses, consisting of eight required courses and four electives, for a total of 36 semester hours. As electives, students take four courses at the 200- or 300-level in MED, JOUR, IMC, or SPCH.

  MED 203 Introduction to Media Theory .....3
  MED 221 Introduction to Media Production .....3
  MED 306 Media Literacy .....3
  MED 351 Public Opinion and Propaganda .....3
  MED 363 Media Ethics .....3
  MED 375 Media Analysis and Criticism .....3
  MED 380 Introduction to Media Research .....3
  MED 381 The Media Studies Research Project .....3
Electives
  Four courses at the 200- or 300-level in MED, JOUR, IMC, or SPCH. .....12

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice

  ACP 101 First-Year Seminar .....3
  ACP 110 Primary Texts .....3
  ACP 250 Grounds for Change .....3

English Composition (minimum grade of C- required)

  ENG 101 Composition I: Critical Reading and Writing .....3
  ENG 102 Composition II: Introduction to Academic Research .....3

Humanities

  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding 100, 101 and 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies .....9

Mathematics

  MATH 110 Math 110 or above (Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements -- see advisor). .....3

Non-Western requirement

  Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements) .....3

RU mission-related course (minimum grade of C- required)

  LIBS 201 Writing Social Justice .....3

Science

  One biological science and one physical science required; at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors) TOTAL: at least 7 science hours .....7-8

Social Sciences

  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies .....9

Total hours for general education

  .....46

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 semester hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 semester hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 semester hours (of the 60 semester hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 semester hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.