BS Three-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 three-year degree plan was created to demonstrate that it is possible for you to graduate in six regular and three summer semesters. However, a three-year degree plan is not best suited for every student. It assumes:

  • No remedial course work is required.
  • The student does not fail any classes.
  • The student does not change either the major or minor.
  • The student is willing to take classes each summer.

Also, a three-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that you may bring with you upon admission to the University. Please remember that course availability and prerequisites are subject to change, so consult with your advisor when scheduling your classes.

Sample schedule

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

NOTE: A BA option is also available. If you would like to declare a Bachelor of Arts, speak with your advisor about your class 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.

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)

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)

Total hours18
MED 274 Introduction to Film 3
MED 220 Case Studies in Mass Media 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3
General Education: Science (with lab) 4
General Education: Self-Understanding - Humanities 3

Third semester (summer)

Total hours6
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
General Elective 3

Fourth semester (fall)

Total hours19
MED 304 Mass Media Theory 3
MED 374 History of Film I 3
General Education: Writing II 3
General Education: Science 4
Minor Course 3
General Elective 3

Fifth semester (spring)

Total hours18
MED 454 Media Analysis and Criticism 3
MED 375 History of Film II 3
General Education: Self-Understanding - Creativity 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
Minor Course (at 300+ level) 3
General Elective 3

Sixth semester (summer)

Total hours6
General Education: General Elective 3
General Education: Self-Understanding - Social 3

Seventh semester (fall)

Total hours18
MED Elective (at 300+ level) 3
MED 470 Special Topics in Film 3
JRN 407 Media Law 3
2 Minor Electives (both at 300+ level) 6
General Elective 3

Eighth semester (spring)

Total hours18
MED 570 Film Theory 3
MED Elective (300+ level) 3
MED 581 Issues in Media Ethics 3
2 Minor Course (both at 300+ level) 6
General Elective 3

Ninth semester (summer)

Total hours6
General Education: Culture and Society - Humanities 3
General Elective 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.