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. All applicants must have completed 30 hours of course work (including the university core or its equivalents), JRNL 1100 with a B or better and earn a minimum 2.3 GPA in ENGL 1100, and Core Social Science. See the School director or the associate director for journalism for further information. Students who transfer to Auburn University’s Journalism major are required to take a minimum of 21 credit hours in Auburn's program.

ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Core History13Core Social Science3
Core Social Science3Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Core Fine Arts3
Core Math3JRNL 1100 Journalism Fundamentals3
 16 16
Core Literature13Core Humanities or Core Literature to complete sequence 13
Core Science I4Core Science II4
Core Humanities33Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence13
JRNL 2210 Newswriting3Elective22
CMJN 2100 Concepts in Communications and Journalism3JRNL 2310 Reporting3
 16 15
Courses from Journalism Groups 1, 2, or 359Courses from Journalism Groups 1, 2, or 359JRNL 4920 Journalism Internship3
 15 15 3
CMJN 4000 Mass Media Law and Regulation3Courses from Journalism Groups 3 or 459
Course from Journalism Groups 3 or 453Electives23
Electives26UNIV 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.


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


If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.


JRNL 2310 fulfills SLO 7.


Students must meet with their advisers to determine approved courses for Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4.


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Last Updated: June 22, 2016