BA Four-Year Degree Plan: Film and Media Studies

Film and media studies is listed as mass media: non-comprehensive on our majors list and in the Undergraduate Catalog.

The film studies degree at Missouri State can be completed in eight regular semesters. However, a four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that you may bring upon admission to the University. Make an appointment with your advisor to discuss schedules and options.

For a Bachelor of Arts degree, you will need to complete 12 hours of a foreign language, History 103 and 104, a philosophy course and six hours of fine arts.

Sample schedule

The film studies track in the Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media program is non-comprehensive, requiring the completion of a minor. Check out the course rotations before scheduling your classes.

The below schedule is only one example of a possible degree plan and is provided for informational purposes only. Meet with an advisor early to develop a degree plan that best suits your needs.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
MED 120 Mass Media and Society 3
MED 130 Fundamentals of Media Convergence 3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
(See your advisor for replacement course.) 2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
MED 274 Introduction to Film 3
MED 220 Case Studies in Mass Media 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States Since 1877
3
General Education: Science 4

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
MED 374 History of Film I 3
PHI 105 Critical Thinking
or PHI 110 Introduction to Philosophy
3
HST 103 World History to Circa 1600 C.E. 3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3
General Education: Science (with lab) 4

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
MED 375 History of Film II 3
MED 304 Mass Media Theory 3
General Education: Writing II course 3
HST 104 World History Since 1600 C.E. 3
BA Language requirement (need 12 hrs) 3

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
MED 470 Special Topics in Film 3
MED Elective (300+ level) 3
Minor course 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
BA Language requirement 3

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
MED 454 Media Analysis and Criticism 3
MED 570 Film Theory 3
Minor course 3
BA Language requirement 3
General Education: Self-Understanding – Creativity (may be used to fulfill BA Fine Arts requirement) 3
General Education: Self-Understanding – Social 3

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
JRN 407 Media Law 3
2 Minor courses (at least 1 course at 300+ level) 6
BA Language requirement 3
BA Fine Arts requirement (300+ level if possible) 3

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
MED 581 Issues in Media Ethics 3
MED Elective (300+ level) 3
2 Minor course (at 300+ level) 6
General Education: Self-Understanding – Creativity 3
GEN 499 University Exit Examination 0

You need a minimum of 40 hours of course work at a 300+ level to graduate. Elective course work in media and journalism must be approved by your advisor.