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The Media School

Minor in Media Law and Ethics (Minors)

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements MDLWETMIN

The Media Law and Ethics minor studies the intersections of social institutions and practices with issues of professional and individual responsibility. The laws and regulations that govern the organization, content and ownership of media outlets profoundly impact on the shape of our society. Students preparing for careers across the public and private sectors need to understand the historical and contemporary context for a variety of policy debates. This knowledge will help them develop their own ideas about proper conduct and just behavior. This minor incorporates courses on professional ethics and conduct that conform to the national standards set by the American Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication as well as the Public Relations Society of America.


The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Introduction to Media. One (1) course:
    • MSCH-C 101 Media
  2. Introduction to Media Law and Ethics. One (1) course:
    • MSCH-C 207 Introduction to Media Industry and Management
  3. Advanced Media Law and Ethics Electives. Three (3) courses:
    • MSCH-J 300 Communications Law
    • MSCH-J 407 Current Issues in Media Law
    • MSCH-J 409 Media Management
    • MSCH-L 317 Media Ethics and Professional Responsibility
    • MSCH-L 322 Media Policymaking
    • MSCH-M 310 Disruptors: Internet Industries
    • MSCH-M 322 Internet Ecosystems
    • MSCH-M 330 Production Management
    • MSCH-M 332 Media Law for Producers
    • MSCH-M 413 Global Media Issues
    • MSCH-M 421 Media Economics
    • MSCH-T 311 History of Electronic Media
    • MSCH-T 427 International Media Networks
  4. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to minor requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.