Communication and Media Studies Department

BA in Media Studies

Set in a liberal arts context, the media studies bachelor of arts degree program allows students to study modern media through the application of various theoretical frameworks and skills. Students with an interest in media studies will find the greater Portland area an excellent location for media-related activities and service learning projects. By emphasizing theory and practice, the media studies major challenges the student to analyze and practice the creation, dissemination, utilization, and evaluation of mediated messages.

Major Requirements (36 credit hours)
A grade of "C" or higher is required for all courses for the major. 

I. Common Core (9 credit hours)
     CMS 102 Introduction to Communication
     CMS 103 Introduction to Media Studies
     CMS 200 Research Methods in Communication

II. Media Writing, Theory, and Production Areas (21 credit hours)
Select 9 credit hours from one of the following areas, then 12 credit hours by choosing 6 credit hours from each of the remaining two areas.

     Media Writing
     CMS 150 The Writing Process
     CMS 202 Writing for Popular Print Media
     CMS 205 Topics in Media Writing I
     CMS 215 Journalism Reporting and Writing
     CMS 225 Screenwriting
     CMS 274 Writing for the Media
     CMS 300 Topics in Media Writing II
     CMS 302 Writing the Feature Story
     CMS 305 Writing Opinion: Editorials and Columns
     CMS 315 Broadcast News Writing

    Media Theory
     CMS 210 Topics in Media Criticism I
     CMS 240 Rhetoric, Media, and Culture
     CMS 242 Communication and Social Media
     CMS 284 Intro to Cinema Studies
     CMS 286 History of International Cinema to 1945
     CMS 288 History of International Cinema Since 1945
     CMS 294 Visual Communication
     CMS 303 Media Effects
     CMS 310 Topics in Media Criticism II
     CMS 323 Understanding Technology
     CMS 350 The Internet and Society
     CMS 355 Consumer Culture
     CMS 370 Media and Social Change
     CMS 374 Media Criticism and Aesthetics
     CMS 375 Meaning and Communication
     CMS 380 Film Genres
     CMS 384 Topics in Cinema Studies
     CMS 394 Theories of Cinema    
     CMS 423 The First Amendment
     CMS 484  Advanced Topics in Cinema Studies
     CMS 486 Women in Film
     CMS 490 Theories of Mass Communication
     ENG 244 Introduction to Cultural Studies
     PHI 211 Media Ethics

     Media Production
     CMS 203 Introduction to Video Production/CMS 204 Lab
     CMS 220 Topics in Media Production I
     CMS 294 Visual Communication
     CMS 320 Topics in Media Production II
     CMS 340/1 Field Video Production & Lab
     CMS 440/1 Advanced Video Production & Lab
     CMS 460 Topics in Media Production III

III. Senior Experience (6 credit hours)
     CMS 400 Senior Project (3 credits)
     CMS 450 Service Learning Practicum (3 credits)


Communication & Media Studies Spring 2016

The Communication and Media Studies preliminary list of courses for Spring 2016 is available. New courses for spring include a senior seminar course in communication-Argumentation and Advocacy, and a new production topic course on Film Directing.

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