BS 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.

Sample schedule

The film studies track in the Bachelor of Science 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
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
MED 130 Fundamentals of Media Convergence 3

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
MED 274 Introduction to Film 3
General Education: Culture and Society - Humanities 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
MED 220 Case Studies in Mass Media 3
General Education: Science 4

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
MED 304 Mass Media Theory 3
MED 374 History of Film I 3
General Education: Self-Understanding - Humanities 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: Writing II course 3

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
MED 375 History of Film II 3
General Education: Science (with lab) 4
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Minor course 3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
MED 470 Special Topics in Film 3
MED 454 Media Analysis and Criticism 3
General Education: Self-Understanding - Creativity 3
Minor Course 3
General Elective 6

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
MED 570 Film Theory 3
MED Elective (at 300+ level) 3
Minor Course (at 300+ level) 3
General Education: Self-Understanding - Social 3
2 General Electives (may include JRN or MED courses) 6

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
MED Elective (at 300+ level) 3
JRN 407 Media Law 3
Minor Course (at 300+ level) 3
2 General Electives 6

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
GEN 499 University Exit Examination 0
MED 581 Issues in Media Ethics 3
2 Minor Course (at least one at 300+ level) 6
2 General Electives (at least one at 300+ level) 6

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.