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Media Studies (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies has been discontinued and is no longer accepting new students.

Why Major in 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 audio and video production, journalism, public relations, promotion, event planning, and media management.


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.

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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.

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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.

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Faculty Spotlight:
Margaret Haefner

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.

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Interesting Classes

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