Arts and Letters

Journalism - Media Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies
Concentration in Journalism

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Overview

The Media Studies major prepares students for careers in the multimedia communications fields. Media students can choose from two concentrations: Production or Journalism. The Media Studies/Journalism concentration emphasizes writing for print, digital, and broadcast media.

Both concentrations emphasize writing, thinking, and the oral skills necessary for success in the media professions.

Media Studies at the Mount

Throughout their course of study, Mount Journalism students develop investigative skills and the ability to write for both traditional and digital media. By graduation, they are ready to work for a variety of publications and online outlets.

The Media Studies-Journalism major is designed to prepare students for graduate study and positions in various media professions: journalism, publishing, radio, television, digital
media, corporate communications, and other electronic communications. Emphasis is on writing for print and broadcast media and digital media platforms.

This program of study emphasizes the critical thinking, writing, technical, and communication skills necessary for success in the media production professions.

Our internship program is the first step in getting real hands-on experience in the field, and has been a stepping stone for successful employment. Senior thesis projects provide important portfolio samples of professional competence.

Program Requirements

The Media Studies major is 39 credits following the successful completion of ENG 1010 and ENG 1020 or their equivalent. A GPA of 2.0 or better is required in CMA 2020 to continue in the major. A GPA of 2.0 in the major is required.

Sampling of courses:

  • News Literacy
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Newswriting
  • Digital Video Production I, II
  • Media: Problems and Practices
  • Mass Media and Communication
  • Screenwriting for Film and Television
  • Public Speaking
  • Magazine Writing
  • Investigative Reporting
  • Writing for Mass Media
  • Radio News and Feature Reporting
  • Narrative Journalism
  • Copyediting
  • Internships

A minor in Media Studies requires 18 credits.

Where Mount Students Have Interned

Recent student internships include:

  • WABC TV Sports
  • Today show
  • MTV Networks
  • New York Mets
  • Orange County Choppers
  • Cablevision
  • MSG Varsity
  • CBS 48 Hours
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Fox News
  • Warner Music Group
  • West Point Athletics

Mount alumni have been employed by companies such as:

  • Actors Movement Studio
  • Cumulus Radio
  • Clear Channel Communications
  • Ellenbogen Group
  • NBC
  • Pamal Broadcasting
  • People Magazine
  • Team Productions/BMW Group Studios

Career Options

Career opportunities include: positions in web-based creative companies, newspapers, magazines, the music industry, sports marketing, marketing, radio, and social marketing companies. Positions where excellent writing is essential demand students like ours.