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The Media School

Minor in Media and Diversity (Minors)

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

The Media and Diversity minor approaches diversity as an important social principle that is continually examined, debated and circulated in a wide variety of media. The social concept of diversity has eclipsed concepts like "integration" in part because the older term was tied to a concept of proximity in space that could not anticipate the rapid evolution of virtual social spaces such social networks and fora. The growing importance and understanding of diversity as a broad spectrum of people, ideas and experiences has paralleled the rapid evolution of the connected world. Courses in this minor examine how media and mediated experience simultaneously break down old barriers at the same time that new types of digital divides arise. It connects The Media School curriculum with the teaching and research of faculty from many units. It also promotes a core feature of the Media School's mission: the study and analysis of the interaction of technology and media in the creation of new social, economic and entertainment networks.


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 and Diversity. One (1) course:
    • MSCH-C 206 Media Reporting in a Global World
    • MSCH-C 214 Race, Prejudice, and the Media
    • MSCH-C 219 Media in the Global Context
  3. Advanced Media and Diversity Electives.
    1. Media School Elective. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-F 326 Authorship in the Media (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • MSCH-F 375 Race, Gender, and Representation
      • MSCH-F 377 Cinemas of the Black Diaspora
      • MSCH-J 360 Journalism Specialties (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • MSCH-V 470 Issues in Media (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    2. Additional Electives. Two (2) courses:
      • Additional course from the Media School Elective list
      • AAAD-A 330 African American Cinematic Experience
      • AAAD-A 359 Ethnic/Racial Stereotypes in American Film
      • AAAD-A 430 The Cinema of Africana Women
      • AAAD-A 447 Race, Crime, and Media
      • LATS-L 302 Latinos in the Media
  4. GPA and Hours 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.