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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 [Archived Catalog]

Media Studies Major (B.S.C.)

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Major code BC5311

This plan of study offers students the opportunity to design an individualized program that meets their needs and reflects their interests in the media industries. A student can design an individualized program of study in consultation with the sequence director and a faculty advisor. The student submits for approval a proposal for coursework that includes justification and corollary courses.

Alternatively, students can select one of three areas of study:

International Media
Media & Society
Politics & Media

All Media Studies students must complete the MDIA core, the Media Studies core, and five courses from their area of study.

Bachelor of Science in Communication-MDIA

General Requirements for all MDIA majors

The Media Arts and Studies general requirements work in concert with the Ohio University General Education requirements. Students must complete the University General Education requirements of Tier I and Tier II and then concentrate on the following extension of those Tiers:

General Requirements for All Majors

1. Arts and Humanities

Eight hours of 300- to 400-level courses (or 200-level or above for language courses). Courses include Tier I junior composition with the balance of the hours chosen from art, art history, classical languages, comparative arts, dance, English, film, humanities, modern languages, music, African American studies, philosophy, and theater.

2. Social Sciences

Eight hours of 300- to 400-level courses chosen from anthropology, classical archaeology, economics, history, international studies, management, marketing, political science, psychology, and sociology.

3. Communication Sciences

Eight hours of 300- to 400-level courses (or 200-level or above for language courses) from classical languages; computer science; information and telecommunication systems; hearing, speech, and language sciences; communication studies; journalism; linguistics; modern languages; African American studies; and visual communication.

Additionally, African American Studies and University Professor courses may be used to fulfill Media Arts and Studies general requirements.

4. Media Arts and Studies

The following foundation courses are required of all majors:

Sequence Requirements

Students entering the School of Media Arts and Studies as fall quarter first-year and transfer students must successfully complete TCOM 101 with a C or better and earn a C or better in TCOM 203, 204 and/or 205 before proceeding to many of the courses in the program.


Each student in the School of Media Arts and Studies is required to complete a corollary of coursework. These are courses outside Media Arts and Studies selected by you and your academic advisor to enhance your area of interest. The corollary totals a minimum of 32 credit hours (20 at the 300-400 level), from no more than two areas. For instance, students in the video production sequence might choose courses from the School of Film, while students interested in politics and the media might find courses from the political science area useful.

Media Studies Core (minimum of 28 credits):


Area of study (minimum of 20 credits):



32 hours outside the School of Media Arts and Studies that support program goals (from no more than two areas with at least 20 hours at the 300-to-400 level. 

Recommended Areas

International Communication

Five of the following:

  • Special Topics Seminar–International Issues  4

Media and Society

Five of the following:

  • Special Topics Seminar–Contemporary Issues   4

Politics and Media

Five of the following:

  • Special Topics Seminar–Contemporary Issues   4

Individualized Area of Concentration

This specialized program requires a proposal approved by the faculty advisor, sequence director, and undergraduate director, and a minimum accumulative GPA of 3.0. In addition to the core Media Studies courses, 28 hours of TCOM courses are required.

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