Media Studies, BS

  

Program Description

Media is the most prevalent aspect of daily life. Very few people can live without a digital device with which they interact with others using mediated interpersonal and mass communication. Media channels are everywhere, and everyone has access. Students have grown up using various media channels; however, very few understand how to effectively use these channels. The Media Studies Department at Dixie State University teaches media production in various forms and teaches students how to be critical users of media by examining, studying, and critiquing  the most prevalent form of communication in our world. 


Program Curriculum

120 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

Media Studies Core Requirements 

MDIA 1130Writing for Media Audiences3
MDIA 1500Intro to Mediated Communication3
MDIA 2010Media and Society (SS, GC)3
MDIA 3060Media Theory3
MDIA 3480Emerging Media3
MDIA 4360Media Ethics and Law3
MDIA 4450Media Research3
MDIA 4900RMedia Studies Internship3
MDIA 4980Media Studies Senior Seminar 4
MDIA 2210RDixie Sun News Production I1
or MDIA 2340R Public Relations Practicum
or MDIA 2370R TV Production Practicum I
or MDIA 2380R Radio Production Practicum I

Media Studies General Emphasis Requirements

MDIA 2210RDixie Sun News Production I3
or MDIA 2340R Public Relations Practicum
or MDIA 2370R TV Production Practicum I
or MDIA 2380R Radio Production Practicum I
or MDIA 3210R Dixie Sun News Production II
or MDIA 3370R TV Production Practicum II
or MDIA 3380R Radio Production Practicum II
or MDIA 4440R Public Relations Practicum (ALPP)

Media Studies Elective Requirements

Complete 21 credits from any 3000 or 4000-level MDIA course not specified as a degree requirement.

Other Elective Courses

Complete additional elective coursework to fulfill graduation requirements.


Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher in each Core Discipline Requirement course.

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
First Year Recommended Elective 2
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
General Education (Mathematics - MATH 1040 recommended) 3
MDIA 1500 Intro to Mediated Communication 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
MDIA 2210R
Dixie Sun News Production I
or Public Relations Practicum
or TV Production Practicum I
or Radio Production Practicum I
1
 Hours15
Spring Semester
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
MDIA 2010 Media and Society (SS, GC) 3
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
Media Studies Elective * 3
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
 Hours15
2nd Year
Fall Semester
General Education (American Institutions) 3
General Education (Life Science) 3
MDIA 1130 Writing for Media Audiences 3
Media Studies Elective * 3
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
 Hours15
Spring Semester
General Education (Physical Sciences & Lab) 4
General Education (Exploration) 3
Media Studies Elective * 3
Media Studies Elective * 3
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
 Hours16
3rd Year
Fall Semester
MDIA 3060 Media Theory 3
Media Studies Elective: Upper Division 3
MDIA 2210R Dixie Sun News Production I (MDIA 2340R,MDIA 2370R,MDIA 2380R,MDIA 3210R,MDIA 3370R,MDIA 3380R,MDIA 4440R) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
MDIA 4900R Media Studies Internship 3
MDIA 3480 Emerging Media 3
Media Studies Elective: Upper Division 3
Media Studies Elective: Upper Division 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
MDIA 4360 Media Ethics and Law 3
MDIA 4450 Media Research 3
Media Studies Elective: Upper Division 3
Media Studies Elective: Upper Division 3
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
 Hours15
Spring Semester
MDIA 4980 Media Studies Senior Seminar 3
Media Studies Elective: Upper Division 3
Media Studies Elective: Upper Division 3
General Elective 5
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
 Hours14
 Total Hours120

BS Media Studies Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply conceptual understanding of mediated communication theories from various traditions and practical understanding of media production, management and consumption with the theories.
  2. Conduct academic research and construct academic arguments using established research methods.
  3. Create and promote mediated messages in compliance with technical and aesthetic principles for a variety of purposes based on in-depth analysis of the audience and situation.
  4. Evaluate media production and consumption by applying critical thinking, ethics, and problem-solving skills.
  5. Conduct professional research to evaluate efficacy of mediated messages by integrating media analytics and metrics into qualitative and quantitative approaches.
  6. Develop global and cross-cultural perspectives in evaluation of media production, promotion, and consumption.