Media Major/Minor

Film Major/Minor | Media Major/Minor | Graduating with Honors | Course Catalog

The Department of Film and Media Studies‚ Media Studies major combines theoretical perspectives and practical production experience to provide students with a thorough understanding of the media and of their creative potential as media makers. Students must receive a grade of B or better in MEDIA 180 to declare a major in Media Studies. The major must be declared in person with an undergraduate Media Studies adviser. The student must bring his or her transcript, and, where relevant, transcripts from other colleges attended, when meeting with the undergraduate Media Studies adviser to declare a Media Studies major.

The major is composed of required and elective courses in media analysis and production for a total of 36 credits. The Department offers a General Media Studies Major or students may elect to major in an area of concentration. The concentrations are Media Analysis and Criticism, Documentary and Television Production, Journalism, Emerging Media. Just as with the the General Media Major each concentration is 36 credits, however the curriculum has been tailored to help the student develop greater specialization in the area of concentration. Please click the General Media Major or any of the four concentrations to learn about the course of study.

General Media Studies (36 credit major)

Students must receive a grade of B or better in MEDIA 180 to declare a major in Media Studies (if transferring media 180 from another institution, you must bring an official transcript with you to declare the major). Please refer to the Department's website to find a Media Advisor's contact information and office hours: https://fm.hunter.cuny.edu

General Media Studies Major requirements are 9 introductory credits, 9 required analytical courses, 18 elective analytical or production credits for a total of 36 credits. Analytical courses have the prefix MEDIA; production courses have the prefix MEDP or MEDPL. Up to two courses may be taken from the Film major to count toward a Media major. Analytical film classes have the prefix FILM, and film production classes have the prefix FILMP or FILPL.

9 Introductory Credits

  • MEDIA 180 Introduction to Media Studies (Grade B or higher)
  • MEDP/FILMP 150 Media and Film in a Digital Age (prereq or coreq MEDIA 180)
  • MEDP/FILMP 160 Media and Film in a Digital Age 2 (prereq MEDIA 180)

9 Required Analytical Credits

Any 200- and 300-level MEDIA courses may be used to meet this requirement. Any 200- or 300- level FILM counts toward this requirement as well, though students may only count up to 6 credits total of FILM, FILMP, FILPL classes toward the major. Fill in the course number and title.

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18 Elective Analytical or Production Credits

These may be any 200- or 300-level MEDIA, MEDP or MEDPL courses. Any 200- or 300-level FILM, FILMP or FILPL course counts toward this requirement as well, though students may only count up to 6 credits total of FILM, FILMP or FILPL classes toward the major. Fill in the course number and title.

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Media Analysis and Criticism (36 credit major)

The media analysis concentration develops critical thinking in students and offers students in-depth understanding of the field of media studies. It includes the study of Media Representations; Media Technologies, Industries, and Policies; and News, Politics, and Propaganda. Analytical courses have the prefix MEDIA; production courses have the prefix MEDP or MEDPL.

9 Introductory Credits

  • MEDIA 180 Introduction to Media Studies (grade B or higher)
  • MEDP 150/FILMP Media and Film in a Digital Age (prereq or coreq MEDIA 180)
  • MEDP 160/FILMP Media and Film in a Digital Age 2 (prereq MEDIA 180)

21 Required Analytical Credits
Analytical courses in 3 categories, as outlined below. Some courses are listed in more than 1 place, but each course fulfills a requirement in just 1 category, a course may not double count.

  • Media Representations - 9 Credits (3 courses)
    • MEDIA 271 - Television Culture
    • MEDIA 298.53 - Film Genre: Horror Film
    • MEDIA 315 - Nonfiction Film and Video
    • MEDIA/FILM 326 - America in American Film and Video
    • MEDIA/FILM 327 - Representations of Race & Ethnicity in US Media
    • MEDIA/FILM 328 - Images of Resistance
    • MEDIA/FILM 332 - Myths and Images in the Media
    • MEDIA 333 - Typecasting
    • MEDIA 374 - Media Sports and Society
    • MEDIA 384 - Women and Media
    • MEDIA 397 - Cult TV & Audiences
    • MEDIA 398 - Complex TV Narratives (W)
  • Media Tech, Industry, Policy - 6 Credits (2 courses)
    • MEDIA 260 - Internet & Society
    • MEDIA 271 - Television Culture
    • MEDIA 280 - Understanding New Media
    • MEDIA 365 - Digital Copyright
    • MEDIA 374 - Media, Sports and Society
    • MEDIA 380 - History of Broadcasting
    • MEDIA 383 - Popular Music and the Music Industry
    • MEDIA 392 - Communications Technology and Change
    • MEDIA 394 - Mass Communication and the Law
    • MEDIA 396 - Global Communications
  • News, Politics, Propaganda - 6 Credits (2 courses)
    • MEDIA 210 - Journalism & Society
    • MEDIA 313 - The Culture of Publicity
    • MEDIA 373 - Journalism as Literature
    • MEDIA 375 - Media and Politics
    • MEDIA 380 - History of Broadcasting
    • MEDIA 381 - Propaganda and the Mass Media
    • MEDIA 390 - Broadcast Journalism
    • MEDIA 391 - History of Journalism

6 Elective Analytical or Production Credits
May be any regular 200- or 300-level MEDIA, MEDP, MEDPL, and/or FILM, FILMP, FILPL courses. Only up to 6 credits total of FILM, FILMP, FILPL classes count toward the major. Fill in the course number & title.

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Full-Time Faculty: I. Pinedo (primary contact), L. Shore (primary contact), S. Ewen, S. Gorelick, J. Roman, R. Stanley

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Documentary and Television Production (36 credit major)

This concentration is intended to give students foundational knowledge in the theory and practice of linear non-fiction video and related digital media skills. Students in this concentration will also specialize in one of three advanced areas: Documentary Production, Experimental Media Production or Studio Television Production.
Analytical courses have the prefix MEDIA; production courses have the prefix MEDP or MEDPL.

9 Introductory Credits

  • MEDIA 180 Introduction to Media Studies (Grade B or higher)
  • MEDP/FILMP 150 Media and Film in a Digital Age (prereq or coreq MEDIA 180)
  • MEDP/FILMP 160 Media and Film in a Digital Age 2 (prereq MEDIA 180)

9 Required Production Credits

  • MEDPL 290 Developing the Documentary (prereq MEDIA 180 & MEDP 160)
  • MEDP 281 Documentary Video Production I (prereq MEDP 160)
  • MEDP 311 Documentary Video Production II (prereq MEDP 281)
    or MEDP 316 Experimental Production (prereq MEDP 281)
    or MEDP 282 Studio Television Production (prereq MEDP 281)

3 Required Analytical Credits

  • MEDIA 315 Non Fiction Film and Video (prereq Media 180)

9 Elective Production Credits
May be any regular 200- or 300-level MEDP, MEDPL and/or FILMP, FILPL courses. Only up to 6 credits total of FILM, FILMP or FILPL classes count toward the major. Fill in the course number and title.

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6 Elective Analytical Credits
May be any regular 200- or 300-level MEDIA and/or FILM courses. Only up to 6 credits total of FILM, FILMP or FILPL classes count toward the major. Fill in the course number and title.

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Full-Time Faculty: K. Anderson (primary contact), T. Gold, L. Martin, S. Thakur, M. Gitlin

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Journalism (36 credit major)

The journalism concentration offers a liberal arts approach to reporting and writing multimedia news. Students will learn to gather and report information through research, observation, and interviews and then communicate it through clear and compelling writing in multimedia stories enhanced by photography, video, audio, and social media and then published on a personal website. In addition, students will become more critical consumers of news through courses that offer an analysis of journalism and other media.

Analytical courses have the prefix MEDIA. Production courses have the prefix MEDP or MEDPL. Writing Intensive courses have a W in parenthesis following the course title.

9 Introductory Credits

  • MEDIA 180 Introduction to Media Studies (Grade B or higher)
  • MEDP/FILMP 150 Media and Film in a Digital Age (Prereq or coreq MEDIA 180)
  • MEDP/FILMP 160 Media and Film in a Digital Age 2 (Prereq MEDIA 180)

6 Required Production Credits

  • MEDPL 201 Reporting and Writing 1 (W) (Prereq MEDIA 180)
  • MEDPL 202 Reporting and Writing 2 (W) (Prereq MEDPL 201)

12 Elective Production Credits
Please choose 4 courses from the following

  • MEDPL 239 - Entertainment Journalism (W) (Prereq MEDPL 201)
  • MEDPL 283 - News Video Reporting (Prereq MEDPL 202 and MEDP 160)
  • MEDPL 284 - Radio Reporting and Podcasting (Prereq MEDPL 202)
  • MEDPL 294 - Magazine Writing (W) (Prereq MEDPL 201)
  • MEDPL 295 - Online Journalism (W) (Prereq MEDPL 201)
  • MEDPL 296 - Feature Writing (W) (Prereq MEDPL 201)
  • MEDPL 297 - Data Journalism: Telling Stories with Numbers (Prereq MEDPL 201)
  • MEDPL 372 - Investigative Reporting (W) (Prereq MEDPL 201)
  • MEDPL 377 - Neighborhood News (W) (Prereq MEDPL 201)
  • MEDPL 387 - Mobile Journalism (Prereq MEDPL 202)
  • MEDPL 388 - Studio News Production (Prereq MEDPL 283)

3 Required Analytical and 6 Elective Analytical Credits
MEDIA 211: News Literacy in a Digital Age is a required analytical course for the journalism concentration. Students may choose two other analytical courses with the MEDIA prefix. It is recommended that journalism students consider analytical courses related to their concentration. Please fill in the course number and title.

  1. MEDIA 211: News Literacy in a Digital Age (W)
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Full-Time Faculty: S. McCarthy (primary contact), A. Glenn, K. Hunter, G. Morris

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Emerging Media (36 credit major)

The Emerging Media concentration gives students foundational knowledge in the theory and practice of digital media as a creative and investigative form of production. Students in this concentration may specialize in one of three advanced areas: Web Production, Interactive Media Production, and 3D Imaging Production. The curriculum interweaves technical instruction with aesthetic, communicative and cultural production and research to establish a cohesive portfolio.

Analytical courses have the prefix MEDIA; production courses have the prefix MEDP or MEDPL.

9 Introductory Credits

  • MEDIA 180 Introduction to Media Studies (Grade B or higher)
  • MEDP 150 Media and Film in a Digital Age (prereq or coreq MEDIA 180)
  • MEDP 160 Media and Film in a Digital Age 2 (prereq MEDIA 180)

12 Required Production Credits
Please choose 4 courses from the following

  • MEDP 234 - Creative Code (prereq MEDP 150)
  • MEDP 250 - Digital Design and Usability (prereq MEDP 150)
  • MEDP 260 - Intro to 2D Animation (prereq MEDP 150 and 160)
  • MEDP 281 - Documentary Video Production I (prereq MEDP 160)
  • MEDP 285 - Web Production I (prereq MEDP 150)
  • MEDP 331 - Web Production II (prereq MEDP 285)
  • MEDP 341 - Web Programming (prereq MEDP 234 and 331)
  • MEDP 345 - Web Design Projects (prereq MEDP 331)
  • MEDP 349 - Intro Physical Computing (prereq MEDP 150 and 160)
  • MEDP 355 - Physical Computing: Interactive Installation (prereq MEDP 150, 160, 234, 285)
  • MEDP 360 - 3D Animation and Modeling (prereq MEDP 250 and MEDP 260)
  • MEDP 399.09 - Game Programming (prereq MEDP 234, 250 and prereq or coreq MEDIA 363)
  • MEDP 399.10 - Game Programming 2 (prereq MEDP 399.09)
  • MEDP 365 - 3D Virtual Environments (prereq MEDP 360)
  • MEDP 399.50 - Motion Graphics (prereq MEDP 250)

6 Elective Production Credits
May be any regular 200- or 300-level MEDP, MEDPL and/or FILMP, FILPL courses. Only up to 6 credits total of FILM, FILMP or FILPL classes count toward the major. Electives may be selected from the above list. Fill in the course number and title.

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9 Elective Analytical Credits
May be any regular 200- or 300-level MEDIA and/or FILM courses. Only up to 6 credits total of FILM, FILMP or FILPL classes count toward the major. Fill in the course number and title.

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Full-Time Faculty: R. Miranda (primary contact), A. Demirjian

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Media Minor (15 credits)

The Minor in Media Studies consists of five courses for a total of 15 credits. At least one 200-level course and at least one 300-level course are required. The other three courses can be at any level. Internships and independent studies do not count towards the minor. Analytical courses have the prefix MEDIA. Production courses have the prefix MEDP or MEDPL.

The minor must be declared in person with an undergraduate media studies adviser. Please refer to the Department’s website to find a Media Advisor’s contact information and office hours: https://fm.hunter.cuny.edu

5 Elective Analytical (MEDIA) or Production (MEDP or MEDPL) Credits
Please fill in the course number and title. Note that MEDIA 180 is a requirement for all MEDIA and MEDP/FILMP 150 and/or 160 are requirements for many MEDP courses.

  • One 200 level course
  • One 300 level course
  • Course at any level
  • Course at any level
  • Course at any level

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Journalism Minor (18 credit minor)

Training future journalists to report the news accurately and ethically is essential to the future of the news industry. While a major or minor in journalism is not a prerequisite to work in the news industry, many news organizations do prefer to hire students that have this credential because these employers are familiar with journalism curricula. This minor offers students the opportunity to pursue an 18-credit minor in Journalism, affording them a potentially beneficial credential when seeking internships, fellowships, or jobs with news organizations. The Journalism minor will attract students from other disciplines like Political Science, Urban Studies, and Public Policy that require a foundation in journalism for their expertise. Media Studies majors may earn the Journalism minor and in that event, will be able to count MEDIA 180 for both the major and the minor.

The minor must be declared in person with an undergraduate media studies adviser. Please refer to the Department's website to find a Media Advisor's contact information and office hours: https://fm.hunter.cuny.edu

12 Required Credits
MEDIA 180 - Introduction to Media Studies
MEDIA 211 - News Literacy in a Digital Age (W)
MEDPL 201 - Reporting and Writing I (W)
MEDPL 202 - Reporting and Writing 2(W)

6 Electives Credits
MEDPL 283 - News Video Reporting
MEDPL 284 - Radio Reporting and Podcasting
MEDPL 294 - Magazine Writing (W)
MEDPL 295 - Online Journalism (W)
MEDPL 296 - Feature Writing (W)
MEDPL 297 - Data Journalism: Telling Stories with Numbers
MEDIA 386 - Media Ethics
MEDIA 498 - Internship
MEDPL 372 - Investigative Reporting (W)
MEDPL 377 - Neighborhood News (W)
MEDPL 388 - Studio News Production
Full-Time Faculty: S. McCarthy (primary contact)

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Additional Info, Double Majors

The Department of Film and Media Studies' Media Studies major combines theoretical perspectives and practical production experience to provide students with a thorough understanding of the media and of their creative potential as media makers.

The major is composed of required and elective courses in media analysis and production. The analytical courses provide students with a broad base in critical thinking. They include the study of media representations; media technologies, industries, and policies; and news, politics, and propaganda. The production curriculum offers students in-depth understanding of applied aesthetics, creative concepts and technical proficiency. Production courses include documentary and TV production; journalism, and emerging media.

The general Media Studies major is 36 credits, combined total: 9 credits of introductory classes, 9 credits analytical, 18 credits electives from analytical and/or production courses. Analytical courses have a MEDIA or FILM prefix, and production courses have MEDP, MEDPL or FILMP, FILPL prefix. Students must receive a grade of B or better in MEDIA 180 to declare a major in Media Studies. If Media 180 was taken at another school, the student must bring an official transcript showing a grade of B or better to declare the major. Please refer to the Department’s home page to find a Media Advisor’s contact information and office hours: https://fm.hunter.cuny.edu/

Students majoring in Media Studies must take the following introductory courses, which count toward the major: MEDIA 180; FILMP/MEDP 150; FILMP/MEDP 160.

A maximum of 6 credits in FILM, FILMP, FILPL courses at the 200- or 300-level may be applied toward the major in media studies. Students must meet any prerequisites for these courses. Courses in Independent Study, Honors Project, and Internship do not count toward the major. Students must consult a program adviser to plan choice and sequence of courses.

Students will be able to do a general Media Studies Major, or may choose one of the concentrations in the major. These concentrations are (I) Media Analysis and Criticism, (II) Documentary and Television Production, (III) Journalism, and (IV) Emerging Media. The concentrations are optional. The General Media Studies Major students may combine courses from different concentrations.

Double Majors
Students may choose to complete a major in the Department of Film and Media Studies and a second major in another department. A student cannot declare a double major in film and media studies. Because of the intensive nature of the production courses in both Film and Media Studies, it is recommended that all students take no more than two production courses per semester.

Minor for Non-Majors
The Minor in Media Studies consists of five courses for a total of 15 credits. At least one 200-level course and at least one 300-level course are required. The other three courses can be at any level. Internships and independent studies do not count towards the minor. Students may major in Media Studies and minor in Film, and vice versa.

Honors
To qualify for departmental honors in Film or Media Studies, a student must have a 3.5 grade point average in major courses and a 3.0 grade point average overall. The student must also either complete an Honors Project (FILM or MEDIA 402), approved by the Department Policy and Curriculum Committee, with a grade of A; or a 400-level production or analytical seminar course with a grade of A. See the department website for more information and deadlines.

Media FAQ - for the 36 Credit Media Studies Major Beginning fall of 2011

Can I use Media 180 to fulfill a GER (General Education Requirement)?
Yes . Media 180 may be used to fulfill a distribution requirement in Humanities and Arts.

Do I have to take production courses (MEDP) to fulfill my major?
Yes, MEDP 150 and MEDP 160 are required production course. For the General Media Studies Major, MEDP 150 and 160 are the only required production courses.

Can I use courses from the Film Department to fulfill my Media major?
Yes. A total of two (2) 200-level or 300-level FILM courses ( 1 production, and 1 analytical, or 2 analytical courses) may be counted toward the Media Studies major. Student must meet any prerequisites for these courses.

Can I take a double major in Film and Media? No.

Can I use 400-level courses toward the major?
No. All 400-level courses-401 (Independent Study), 402 (Honors Project), 498 (Internship)-are electives. These credits count toward the total of the bachelor's degree, but not toward the major.

Do internships count toward the major?
No. They count as elective credits. You may count up to 12 elective internship credits toward the degree.

Media FAQ - for the Old 24 Credit Media Studies Major Before fall of 2011

Can I use Media 180 to fulfill a GER (General Education Requirement)?
Yes . Media 180 may be used to fulfill a distribution requirement in Humanities and Arts.

Do I have to take production courses (MEDP) to fulfill my major?
No. If you choose, you can take up to four (4) 200-level courses toward the 24 credits of the major.

If I don't take any production courses to fulfill my major, how many analytical courses must I take?
Eight (8).

Can I use courses from the Film Department to fulfill my Media major?
Yes. A total of two (2) 200-l or 300-level FILM courses ( 1 production, and 1 analytical, or 2 analytical courses) may be counted toward the Media Studies major. Student must meet any prerequisites for these courses.

Can I take a double major in Film and Media? No.

Can I use 400-level courses toward the major?
No. All 400-level courses-401 (Independent Study), 402 (Honors Project), 498 (Internship)-are electives. These credits count toward the total of the bachelor's degree, but not toward the major.

Do internships count toward the major?
No. They count as elective credits. You may count up to 12 elective internship credits toward the degree.

Media FAQ - Minoring

What is the requirement for the minor under Media Studies?
You must take 15 credits in a single department or program. No specific courses are required, but there is a requirement of course levels. At least one 3-credit course must be taken at the 300-level and at least one at the 200 or 300 level. Two 3-credit courses may be at any level (100, 200, 300). In Psychology, Music and Chemistry only majors can take 300-level courses. These minors should take a second 200-level course.

Can I minor in FILM?
Yes.

After I declare my major in Media Studies, must the department I am minoring in sign my major/minor form?
Yes, the minor department must sign and stamp the form.

Do I have to minor?
No, a minor is not required.

Can minor courses count toward the GER requirement?
Yes.

Can major courses count toward the Pluralism& Diversity requirements?
Yes.

If I have a double major in Media and another department, do I need a minor?
No.

Faculty, Grad Program, Internships

Who are the full-time members of the faculty of the Media Program?
There is a list of full-time faculty and adjunct faculty with in the media department. Their names, office numbers, office hours, and phone numbers are posted in the Department Office and on our faculty/staff page.

How can I find out more about the graduate program (Integrated Media Arts/MFA) at Hunter College?
Go to: http://ima-mfa.hunter.cuny.edu

How can I find out more about internships?
To visit the website go to: https://fm.hunter.cuny.edu/internship/

Graduation, Grades, Credits

What do I do when I am ready to file for graduation?
Get "a certificate in support of a B.A.degree" from Graduation Audit -HN 217 located in the OASIS, and a transcript showing all college courses you are counting toward the degree. Fill out the certification form. See Kelly Anderson (HN 508) during her office hours. You should do this in the first three weeks of the term in which you plan to graduate. Also go to Student Services (HE 1103 for a distribution requirement check.

Do I have to fulfill the college language requirement for a Media Studies major?
Yes. You must fulfill all the college-wide GER requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

I declared my major in Media Studies at my previous college. Do I have to declare it again at Hunter?
Yes, you do. Majors do not transfer automatically.

Can I get "life experience" credit for media-related work I have done?
No. The Media Studies program does not give life/work experience credits.

How do I find out who my advisor is in the Media Studies Department?
See Prof. Ricardo Miranda in room HN 501-A (Hunter North Building) or Prof. Kelly Anderson in room HN 508.

If I get an "NC" or "F" grade in one of my major courses, do I have to repeat it?
Only if the course is required (like Media 180). If it is another major course, you don't have to repeat it unless you wish to apply it toward the major, or to have the F/NC removed from your transcript. You may take another course in its place.

How do withdraw from a class?
From the 3rd week to the 10th week of classes, you must fill out a withdrawl form and submit it to the Registrar's Office. After the 10th week ( see deadline in the Academic calendar, you must see a counselor in Student Services-HE 1103 for an Official Withdrawal. If you do not do either of these things, you will receive a WU grade, which counts as an F on your transcript and affects your GPA.

I received an IN ( incomplete) in one of my classes. How long do I have to resolve it?
You have until the 10th week of the following term to complete the work. See the Academic calendar for the deadline. If you do not complete the work by the deadline, the IN grade will automatically change to an FIN-Failed Incomplete. Your professor can extend the time allowed to complete the work, if he or she wishes (you should not assume they will do so) but the FIN grade stays on your record until the professor submits a change of grade form to the Registrar's Office.

I failed a class. Do I have to repeat it?
No, but if you do you can remove the "F" from your GPA (not your transcript).

I have a "WU" grade on my transcript. What does it mean?
It means you failed a course because you did not attend, and did not officially withdraw.

Can courses graded with "CR/NC" be counted toward the major/minor?
You can use one course toward the major, and/or one toward the minor. But not if you are using a CR/grade.

Can I use a "D" grade toward the major/minor? Yes. You can use one toward the major, and/or one toward the minor.

Procedure to Access Transcripts

Website Address:
http://registrar.hunter.cuny.edu

Step1:
Enter the above web address to access ESIMS. Please click the down arrow button and choose Hunter College, then click on the submit button.

Step 2:
At the next screen, to the right of the login screen under ID, enter student's ID number or Social Security number.

Under PIN, please enter student's PIN number. PIN number has been preset to the student's birth date. Example: January 1, 1960 will be entered as 010160.

Transfer Students

All transfer students seeking to declare a Media Studies major who have taken MEDIA 180 at another college, must present an official transcript with their grade for the MEDIA 180. The MEDIA 180 course grade must be B or higher. The transcript must be presented to the Media Studies advisor upon seeking to declare the major.