Media studies

Address big questions about why media professionals do what they do on local, regional, national and global levels.

In-class experience

  • Explore the significance of media communication in society and how media systems work.
  • Learn to conduct media studies research.
  • Apply theories and concepts to understand media consumption.
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Internships/practicums

What you'll learn

  • How to analyze media and consumers
  • How to conduct primary and secondary research
  • How media affect individuals and society

Where you'll intern

  • Media research / policy firms
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofits

Possible careers after graduation

  • Graduate school
  • Media consulting firms
  • Government and public policy institutions

What you'll study

Students must complete 39 units of journalism courses for the major and 120 units overall to graduate. Find details below about completing your journalism courses with a media studies emphasis. View all required courses on our bachelor's degree of journalism page.

  • Journalism core (21 credits)
    1. Complete all required core courses. (21 credits)
      • JOUR 103 – Introduction to Media and Society
      • JOUR 107 – Media Writing
      • JOUR 108 – Media Design
      • JOUR 208 – Media Production
      • JOUR 305 - Media Ethics
      • JOUR 401 - First Amendment and Society
      • JOUR 499 - Professional Internship or JOUR 416 – Practicum (3)
  • Media studies emphasis (12 credits)
    1. Choose two courses from the following list. (6 credits)
      • JOUR 360 - Media and Politics
      • JOUR 413 - Media History
      • JOUR 481 - Race, Gender and Media
    2. Choose two courses from the following list. (6 credits)
      • JOUR 304 - Social Media and Society
      • JOUR 306 - Latinas/os Through the Eyes of the Media
      • JOUR 311 - Health and Wellness Communication
      • JOUR 320 - Social Journalism
      • JOUR 360 - Media and Politics
      • JOUR 404 - Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Surveillance Society
      • JOUR 455 - Human Centered Design and Innovation
      • JOUR 482 - International and Cross-Cultural Reporting (CO10)
      • JOUR 490A - Media Economics
      • JOUR 490 - Special Topics - new courses offered each semester
  • Journalism electives (6 credits)
    1. Complete six credits of upper-division journalism courses from any emphasis. Students are encouraged to take additional credits in their chosen emphasis but are also free to select courses from other emphases.

  • Recommended minors / double majors
    • Political science
    • Sociology
    • Anthropology
    • World languages
    • Communication studies
    • English
    • History
    • Media and film studies (minor)
    • Gender, race and identity
    • Geography

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Kari Barber
Kari Barber
Graduate Director and Associate Professor of Electronic Media She, her
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Benjamin Birkinbine
Benjamin Birkinbine
Assistant Professor of Media Studies He, him, his
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RSJ 209
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Nico Colombant
Nico Colombant
Lecturer of Digital Media and Cross-Cultural Reporting
(775) 784-4101
RSJ 103B
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Laura Crosswell
Laura Crosswell
Assistant Professor of Health Communication and Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Media Studies
(775) 784-4191
RSJ 103C
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Patrick File
Patrick File
Assistant Professor of Media Law He, him
(775) 784-4894
RSJ 208
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Ezequiel Korin
Ezequiel Korin
Assistant Professor of Spanish-Language Media He, him
(775) 784-6946
RSJ 203
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Dave Maass
Dave Maass
Visiting Reynolds Professor of Media Technology
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Paromita Pain
Paromita Pain
Assistant Professor of Global Media She, her
(775) 682-9403
RSJ 215C
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Sheila Peuchaud
Sheila Peuchaud
Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication She, her
(775) 784-4183
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Myrton Running Wolf
Myrton Running Wolf
Assistant Professor of Race and Media Photo credit: Pamela Peters
(775) 784-4187
RSJ 215B
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Gi Woong Yun
Gi Woong Yun
Director of the Center for Advanced Media Studies and Professor
(775) 784-4192
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