This minor will serve students who are interested in pursuing knowledge of media to compliment majors outside the Department of Communication. The minor will help students understand how individuals and communities use, adapt, appropriate and are impacted by media in their personal, family, work and community lives.
Courses examine the relationship of media and ethnicity, gender, race, and social identity. Other courses emphasize the role of communication technology, new media, social media, and the relationship of audience, content and aesthetics.
How to Apply
- Students must be pursuing a major outside of the Department of Communication in order to declare the Media Studies minor.
- To declare the minor, students must first complete COMM 3020, COMM 3505, or COMM 5540 with a C or better and have a 2.75 GPA in at least 9 credit hours at the University of Utah in either the most recent semester OR cumulatively.
- Students who meet these criteria may submit a minor declaration form
The Media Studies Minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours, 6 of which must be upper division. At least one introductory course must be taken to ensure that students learn basic background concepts, and the remaining credits should be selected from a set of courses that focus on media studies.
Complete a total of 18 credits; 6 courses total.
Introductory courses; choose at least one.
3020 Media Theory & Pop Culture (3) (HF)
1500 Introduction to Media and Business Ethics (3) (HF) (previously COMM 3505)
5540 Media & Diversity (3) (DV)
Elective courses; choose remaining credits from either introductory or elective courses.
3770 Cross-Cultural Documentary (3) (IR)
4360 Consuming the Earth (3)
4550 Developments in New Media (3) (CW) (pre-requisite: COMM 1500 OR 3505)
5200 Persuasion and Political Communication (3)
5320 Freedom of Expression (3)
5330 Visual Rhetoric and Political Argumentation (3)
5360 Environmental Communication (3)
5420 Contemporary Social Movements (3)
5500 Emerging Technologies (3)
5610 IT & Global Conflict (3) (IR)
5620 International Communication (3) (IR)
5630 Mass Communication History (3)
5640 Communication Technology and Culture (3)
5660 Media Ethics (3) (pre-requisite: COMM 1500 OR 3505)
5690 Topics in New Media Studies (3)