The Media & Cultural Studies Pathway focuses on the role of media in society both historically and today. Students who take courses in this pathway examine how a broad range of communication technologies impact our culture as well as our personal and professional lives. While broadcast television, radio and print remain a key part of our media landscape, new media such as mobile telephony, videogames, and Web-based platforms (blogs, social networking sites, podcasts, Wikis) offer new and exciting areas of study.

This Pathway prepares students not only to be critical consumers and producers of media messages, it also introduces them to career paths in media-related professions. Critical analysis and media production are conjointly examined in a number of contexts such public relations, advertising, political communication, and public advocacy. We strive to combine theoretical perspectives with skills training related to media production. 


Career options in the field of media studies include but are not limited to:

  • Journalism
  • Communication consulting
  • Public relations
  • New media
  • Marketing
  • Corporate communications
  • Advertising

Internships related to this pathway are offered at local television and radio stations, advertising and public relations agencies, and nonprofit organizations.


FITV 1035 Intro to Film-Making counts towards the COMM degree.

  • 2030 Digital Democracy*
  • 3271 Communication and Diversity*
  • 3650 Media and Society*
  • 4000 Communication and Sport
  • 4020 Feminist Perspectives
  • 4265 Gender and Communication
  • 4610 Communication and Sexuality*
  • 4621 Visual Communication*
  • 4660 Queer Media Studies
  • 4682 Political Communication*
  • 4760 New Media

​​* = Online format

For related classes outside Communication, consider electives from the Women & Gender Studies minor and the College of Arts and Media. 

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