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The minor in media studies consists of a minimum of 18 credits in mass communications as described below, including a minimum of nine upper-level credits. To declare the minor, students must pass MASC 101 with a minimum grade of C and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. All courses counted toward the minor must be completed with a minimum grade of C; to graduate, students must have a minimum 2.50 minor GPA. Permission is required to enroll in all courses except MASC 101. All students in the minor in media studies program are required to register with the Robertson School of Media and Culture prior to beginning course work. Media studies course work will be distributed as follows:

Course Title Hours
Required courses
MASC 101Mass Communications3
MASC 203Journalism Writing3
or MASC 204 Story
MASC 408Communications Law3
Elective courses
Select nine credits from the following, prerequisites apply:9
Global Communications
Public Relations
Global Health and Social Media
Topics in Communications
History and Development of Journalism
Technical Prowess Students can only take MASC 300, 301 or 334 once for credit
Graphics for Journalism Students can only take MASC 300, 301 or 334 once for credit
Visual Acuteness
Visual Communication and Design for Public Relations Students can only take MASC 300, 301 or 334 once for credit
Data Journalism and Visualization
International Media Coverage: The Middle East
History of Advertising
Great Advertising
Ethical Problems in Mass Media
Tourism and Hospitality Public Relations
Sports and Entertainment Public Relations
Special Events
Diversity in the Media
Web Site Design
Topics in Communications
Total Hours18