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Concentration in Media Science (Bachelor of Arts in Media) (MDAC05)The Media School

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.

Description

Media Science courses develop skills and competencies necessary for creating and distributing more effective media messages. This makes the concentration (and the specialization in Media Research in particular) useful for those interested in careers including message production, developing and distributing persuasive media (e.g., advertising and public relations), message testing and audience research, media management, marketing, consulting, sales and others. The concentration is also well-suited to those students interested in pursuing graduate work in media research. Students completing the Media Science will be well-positioned to work in a number of media and non-media related fields.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 36 credit hours (12 in the Media Core, 15 in the Concentration, and 9 in the Specialization), including the requirements listed below.

  1. Media School Core.
    1. Introduction to Media. One (1) course:
    2. Managing Media. One (1) course:
    3. Thinking Media. One (1) course:
    4. Making Media. One (1) course:
  2. Concentration.
    1. Media Science Courses. Five (5) courses:
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    2. Additional Requirements.
      • At least nine (9) credit hours in the concentration must be at the 300–499 level.
      • Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the concentration.
      • A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the concentration—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
  3. Specialization. One (1) Media Specialization from the list below.
    • Recommended Specializations: Health Communication; Media Persuasion and Behavior; Media Research; Sex, Gender, and Media; or Media and Diversity
  4. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Major Upper Division Courses. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. College Breadth. At least 58 credit hours must be completed in courses from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines outside of the major area.

Bachelor of Arts requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 42 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A College grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.

Most students must also successfully complete the Indiana University Bloomington General Education program.