Media Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies

Mass media, in all its forms and fashions, is one of the most relevant spheres of study to our daily experience and of the new millennium. Media studies gives students a variety of ways to research and artistically produce media such as film, television, scripts, digital and visual communication.

A B.A. in media studies fosters an appreciation, awareness and understanding of media content and messages; their origins and evolution; and systems and processes of mass media industries. Students learn the historical, cultural, and theoretical foundations of media while studying the creative and commercial contexts and the sociocultural, psychological and political impact of messages. They develop visual and cultural literacy through classes such as basic writing, design, production, and technological skills. Media studies faculty are recognized for their distinguished teaching and include an award-winning filmmaker, multi-media artist and graphic designer, television and film historian, legal scholar, professional broadcaster, writer, technology and usability authority, and culture and music critic.

Media studies majors acquire valuable professional experience and contacts—locally, regionally and nationally—via the internship program. They also have ample opportunities to participate in student radio (WEGL) and television (Eagle Eye), the Chattahoochee Heritage Project, the SEC Network, and local news stations. With a challenging curriculum and enriching experience opportunities, graduates leave able to contribute to the next generation of mass media.

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in media studies from the Career Center’s Pathways.

For more information about Media Studies

Media Studies Program Website

Careers in Media Studies

Below are some of the successful careers of media studies alumni:

  • Actor
  • Filmmaker, 3 Penny Films
  • Writer/editor
  • Web designer
  • Film production assistant
  • Broadcast/able network programmer
  • Traffic manager & on air personality, Auburn Network
  • Product marketing manager, North American Gaming/Dell
  • Producer, The Weather Channel
  • Regional network manager, IMG Sports
  • Syndicated radio show hosts, iHeart Radio
  • Media relations director, Georgia General Assembly
  • On-air talent, Beasley Broadcast Group
  • Video editor. Diamond Studios
  • Writer, General Hospital (ABC)
  • Director of corporate communications, AT&T
  • Script coordinator
  • Radio producer, Auburn IMG Sports
  • Morning anchor, WKRN-Nashville
  • Sideline reporter, ESPN
  • Broadcast journalist/reporter
  • News director
  • Video production manager, Viacomm
  • Integrated marketing coordinator, Comedy Central
  • Creative director, Keysys Consulting
  • Morning show co-host, WIXE 1190AM
  • Online video producer, Orlando Sentinel
  • Web relations specialist, Morris Jenkins Company
  • Media & communication specialist, Point University
  • Director/producer, SnapShot Interactive
  • Creative producer & photography director, Jump Cut Collective

Curriculum Guide for BA in Media Studies

Students must apply for admission to the JRNL major. Before applying, students must: 1) Have a minimum of a 2.3 GPA in ENGL 1120 and a Core Social Science course*; 2) Complete ENGL 1120, CMJN 2100 or 2103, and a Core Social Science course* with a C or better; 3) Successfully pass JRNL 1AA0 or JRNL 1100 with a “B” or better; 4) Complete JRNL 2210 with a “C” or better; 5) Successfully complete 30 hours of degree-applicable course credits (including AP and proficiency credits; and 6) Write a 300-word essay explaining how the applicant expects to contribute to the field of Journalism and his/her career goals. See the School adviser or the associate director for Journalism for further information. Students who transfer to Auburn University must apply to the JRNL major and complete one semester at Auburn University before applying for admission. Transfer students are required to take a minimum of 24 hours in the AU JRNL program.

* May not use a History course to fulfill the Core Social Science requirement 

ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Core History13COMM 1000 Public Speaking (or COMM 1003 Public Speaking)23
Core Social Science3Core Social Science3
Core Math3Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Course from Journalism Group 333
 16 16
Core Literature13Core Humanities or Core Literature to complete sequence 13
Core Science I4Core Science II4
Core Fine Arts3Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence13
JRNL 2210 Newswriting3JRNL 2310 Reporting3
CMJN 2100 Concepts in Communications and Journalism (or 2103 Concepts in Communication and Journalism)3LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation (College Core)2
 16 15
Courses from Journalism Groups 1, 2, or 349Courses from Journalism Groups 1, 2, or 349JRNL 4920 Journalism Internship3
 15 15 3
CMJN 4000 Mass Media Law and Regulation3Courses from Journalism Groups 3 or 449
Course from Journalism Groups 3 or 446Electives53
Electives53UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 12 12
Total Hours: 120

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not selected as the sequence.


COMM 1000/1003 fulfills SLO 7


If students do not pass the JRNL 1AA0 Journalism Fundamentals Entrance Exam, they must take JRNL 1100 Journalism Fundamentals as a Group 3 course. 


Students should meet with their advisers about appropriate courses from Groups 1, 2 and 3.


Electives must be selected from courses outside the School of Communication and Journalism. Students must see their advisers for appropriate electives. 


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Last Updated: June 22, 2016