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Minor in Media and Diversity (Minors) (MDIADIVMIN)The Media School

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 requirements.


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.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Introduction to Media. One (1) course:
  2. Introduction to Media and Diversity. One (1) course:
  3. Advanced Media and Diversity Electives.
    1. Media School Elective. One (1) course:
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    2. Additional Electives. Two (2) courses:
      • Additional course from the Media School Elective list
  4. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Minor Residency. 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. Minor Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the minor 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 minor.
    4. Minor GPA. 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.