The media arts and studies major offers students a liberal arts program covering a range of issues related to electronic mass communication and electronic personal communication. In addition, students interested in message production or media management can opt to integrate selected professional or skills-based courses into their program of study.
Socio-cultural media courses address the historical, political and social aspects of variegated forms of media communications. Media industry courses examine organizational, economic, and/ or technological dimensions of telecommunications systems and the interrelations among these factors. These courses may center on mass communication issues, interactive communication issues, or both.
Media production courses cover the traditional telecommunications areas of audio and video production and the more recent developments in multimedia, videogame and Web design and production.
All media arts and studies majors will take advantage of the experiential learning opportunity provided by a formal internship. The School of Journalism and Media has an excellent internship program which offers the opportunity to work with a wide variety of employers, including companies oriented to the provision of voice, data, and/ or video products and services. In addition, students may pursue special interests in media arts and studies through independent study with any of the media arts and studies professors.