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Bachelor's in Media Studies (BA)

The media studies major provides students with the objective knowledge, tools and skills needed to access, analyze, evaluate and create messages using all forms of media technologies. The major in media studies prepares students for graduate study as well as for work in the media industries and careers involving mediated communications.
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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Major, Minor

The media studies curriculum blends theory and practice in order to provide students with professional skills in their chosen field. Classes are taught by full-time and adjunct faculty with professional backgrounds in communications fields. Ethics, leadership development and civic engagement are thematically woven into the fabric of course readings, assignments and activities. Graduates from the media studies program will generally go on to employment in media research positions or as media analysts or specialists in the industry. Some students choose to go on to graduate study.

Expectations & Requirements


Students in this major will take a variety of courses ranging from theory to practice with hands-on work in media production and media literacy education. All majors are required to complete a two-semester research course sequence in developing, implementing, analyzing and reporting a final research project on a topic of their choosing.

Minor Requirements

The Media Studies minor is a good choice for students majoring in other areas of communication or psychology and anyone interested in media.

Sample Courses

  • Media Production
  • Media Literacy
  • Public Opinion and Propaganda
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • The Alternative Media