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Specialization in Media Psychology (Bachelor of Arts in Media) (MDAS22)The Media School

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.

Specialization requirements

The specialization requires at least 9 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Media Psychology. Three (3) courses from the following:
    • P: Junior/senior standing; or consent of instructor. Seminar on problems of communicating news through aural and visual channels. Application of communications theory to broadcast news and public affairs presentations. Study of effects of format, verbal content, nonverbal content, and presenter on communication process. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 470 or MSCH-J 470. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 213 or TEL-T 205; or consent of instructor. Examination of the effects of the mass media on human cognitions, attitudes, and behaviors, relying on empirical social science research; emphasis on the effects on individuals, although study will include groups, organizations, and social norms. Credit given for only one of MSCH-S 315 or TEL-T 314. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 213 or TEL-T 205; or consent of instructor. Acquaints students with the popular and research literatures on children and media, including television and computers. Students will be expected to identify recurring themes and topics related to children and media and to evaluate their significance in understanding the role of media in children's lives. Credit given for only one of MSCH-S 317 or TEL-T 317. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 213 or TEL-T 205; or consent of instructor. Explores the role and portrayal of sex and sexuality in media and examines in detail the potential social and psychological effects of exposure to sexual content in the media. Credit given for only one of MSCH-S 410 or TEL-T 410. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 207, MSCH-C 213, TEL-T 205, or TEL-T 207; or consent of instructor. Seminar exploring issues in televised sports in support of and in conflict with other cultural icons in society, business, and education. Includes writing on the ways sports, as program content, influences the television industry and on the ways television influences college and professional sports. Credit given for only one of MSCH-S 445 or TEL-T 445. (3 credit hours.)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 213 or TEL-T 205; or consent of instructor. Exploration of social problems and issues. Topics vary. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-S 451 and TEL-T 451. (1–3 credit hours.)
    • P: MSCH-C 101. Basic media theories as well as cognitive, emotional, and social psychology, with a focus on how these theories can be applied to the design of media messages. Special attention given to interactive and immersive mediated environments. Credit given for only one of MSCH-S 471 or TEL-T 471. (3 credit hours.)
  2. GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:
    1. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the specialization.
    2. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the specialization—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    3. Exceptions to specialization 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.