Course Descriptions

Required Courses

The 36 credit hours required for the MA in media communications degree must include the following courses (21 credit hours):

  • MEDC 5000 Media Communications (Requisite Course)
  • MEDC 5310 Media and Culture
  • MEDC 5350 Media Organization and Regulations
  • MEDC 5360 International Communications
  • MEDC 5400 Media Production Management
  • MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications
  • MEDC Elective–One additional core course from MEDC electives, as determined through consultation with an academic advisor

MEDC 5000 Media Communications (3)

Students examine communications theory and its application to mass media. The course introduces students to the graduate program and describes program expectations as well as introduces research methodologies used throughout the program and discusses academic preparation for MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications. Therefore, students must take this course even if they have academic and/or professional experience in media communications. Prerequisite: Students should have an educational background or professional experience in media communications, or they must enroll in 6 credit hours of additional preparatory undergraduate coursework, as determined by an academic advisor.

MEDC 5310 Media and Culture (3)

This course examines the mass media as it reflects and influences the attitudes, values, behaviors, myths, and preoccupations that define a given culture. The course considers the functions of mass media in society and the effect on the individual. Prerequisite: MEDC 5000 Media Communications.

MEDC 5350 Media Organization and Regulations (3)

The student examines the legal structure of the media communications industry. The course focuses on the formation, rationale, and implications of policies that form the basis of media law and regulation. Prerequisite: MEDC 5000 Media Communications.

MEDC 5360 International Communications (3)

This course focuses on the history, issues, and future of international communications. The class considers individual media systems, including different understandings of the role of the media, freedom of press and information in different areas of the world; parity between distribution of news and the shaping of the public mind; international stereotyping; and international propaganda. The course also examines the relationship between national and global media systems and the role of international communications in the development of the new world order. Prerequisite: MEDC 5000 Media Communications.

MEDC 5400 Media Production Management (3)

This course exposes the student to the principles of management, planning, and execution of media-oriented activities and events. The student examines the role and functions of the producer of media-oriented projects: pre-production organization and research; proposal writing; scheduling; budgeting; and staff, crew, and talent coordination. Prerequisite: MEDC 5000 Media Communications.

MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications (3)

In this course, students synthesize and integrate the learning experiences acquired in all previous media communications courses and research current media communications topics. Students also discuss current media communications topics in a seminar setting. During the course, students research and write a major thesis paper that serves as the culmination of their graduate study. Students are encouraged to have their thesis paper topics approved prior to the start of class. Prerequisite: Completion of all other graduate courses in program. This should be the last course taken before graduation. Any exceptions must be approved prior to registration by submitting a program option request to be signed by the director of Graduate Studies and the dean of the School of Communications.