Media Studies
Why Study Media Studies?

In our ever-changing media landscape, media literacy is a necessary requirement for intelligent cultural engagement. In this major, you will learn to interact with media in a critical, thoughtful way both as a professional communicator and a media consumer. You'll be well prepared for graduate school or for work in television and radio production, journalism, advertising, public relations, promotion, event planning, and media management.

Why Choose North Park University

Why North Park?

Our program will ground you in media ethics, theory, regulation, law, and history, offering the practical experience you need—in writing, multimedia journalism, audio/video production, public relations, or wherever your interests lie—for a career in the field. Chicago’s vibrant media market offers access to the professional experiences and connections that will help you start your career after college.


Internships provide students with opportunities to gain writing, broadcasting, or broader communications experience and meet local and international media professionals, including film makers, journalists, and broadcasters. Students have interned at Chicago Public Radio, the Salvation Army, Chicago Sister Cities International, and ABC.

Learn more about North Park’s internship program.

Interesting Courses

Explore key media studies topics and skills in small classes that provide the space to dig deeply into this field, including:

  • Intro to Media Theory
  • Media Ethics
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Video Production

Learn more about media studies course and major requirements.

Where Alumni Work

Tim Mata’s journalism internship and mass media theory courses prepared him for a job with an organization that equips educators with the tools to teach news literacy skills to our youth in the digital age.

Read more about Tim’s exciting career.

Tim Mata, Media Studies alumnus
Meet the Faculty

While preparing media studies students for work or graduate study, Margaret Haefner, who also directs the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, infuses her classes with discussions about racial and gender bias in the media.

Learn more about Margaret Haefner and the media studies faculty.

Margaret Haefner, Communication Arts professor
Talent-Based Scholarships

Renewable, talent-based scholarships of up to $1,000 are awarded to promising students with an interest in media studies or journalism. Apply with a sample of your work, an essay describing your non-print media experience, and your educational and career goals.

Learn more about these scholarships.

Spectrum Magazine

Written, edited, and produced by students, this print magazine and website offers ongoing, hands-on journalism experience as well as a place for North Parkers to engage current campus and world events. Students can work on the magazine's editorial board or contribute writing, photography, or graphic design.