The completion of the Media Studies curriculum in the communication department leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Media Studies students gain an understanding of human communication through the acquisition of skills in speaking, critical thinking.
The Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies is suitable for students who wish to enter a communication-related career or for individuals interested in personal development. The department offers majors in Media Studies and communication studies. Study in Media Studies is appropriate for students interested in journalism, media management and production, and public relations. The communication studies program allows students to select courses from all of the communication majors to meet their specific needs.
The communication major can expect to take both theoretical and practical courses and to study communication from both the traditional point of view and through experience. Consequently, students are advised to take advantage of the communication activities in the department, college, and university. These activities include cable television, WWSU-FM radio station, The Guardian (student newspaper), the Public Relations Club, cooperative education, and involvement in Dayton area professional organizations.
The Media Studies major will complete both theoretical and applied courses. The Media Studies curriculum requires students to demonstrate competencies related to communication and media, writing, performance, and production, with emphasis on ethics and critical thinking. As media communication continue to evolve, the curriculum will embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and social changes presented by emerging technologies of communication and information.
Students need to earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 to become a Media Studies major.
Communication Honors Program
The communication honors program provides outstanding students with opportunities to pursue advanced study. To enter the program, students must complete 40 credit hours in communication and have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major and 3.0 overall. Departmental honors will be awarded when the student completes the required number of hours for a major in communication, including at least 12 credit hours in approved communication honors courses. Students must complete a departmental honors project and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and 3.5 GPA in communication courses while they are in the honors program.
Program Learning Outcomes:
- Communicate effectively with both written and oral skills.
- Analyze from a social scientific perspective how humans create, transmit, receive and respond to messages. In particular intrapersonal and interpersonal communication is the emphasis of study for this degree.
- Demonstrate mathematical literacy.
- Evaluate arguments and evidence critically.
- Apply the methods of the social sciences, natural sciences, and the arts and humanities.
- Demonstrate global and multicultural competencies.
- Demonstrate understanding of contemporary social and ethical issues.
- Participate in a democratic society as informed and civically engaged citizens.
For additional information:
I. Wright State Core: 38 Hours
Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours
Element 2: Mathematics: 3 Hours
Element 3: Global Traditions: 6 Hours
Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours
Element 5: Social Sciences: 6 Hours
Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours
Additional Core Courses: 6 Hours
II. Departmental Requirements: 33 Hours
III. College Requirements: 18-22 Hours
Foreign Language: 12-16 HOURS
Through the 2020 level (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) of one language:
Arabic, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, American Sign Language, or other. Students taking American Sign Language should be advised that ASL 1010, 1020, 2010, and 2020 meet for (4) rather than (3) credit hours each.
IV: Electives: 27-31 Hours
Graduation Planning Strategy
The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular timeframe. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs, or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.