Why Study Media Studies?
General Education Requirements: 37 hoursFull Program Requirements
Core Courses: 26-30 hours
Concentration Requirements: 15-25 hours
Media Studies Electives: 6 hours
Total: 120 hours
Media Studies prepares students to adapt
to the present and future expectations of cross-platform content development and
innovation. Governors State’s Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies provides an
opportunity for you to examine, practice, and prepare to enter the media
industry, which has an international reach and significant impact on today’s
society at both the individual and cultural levels. The Media Studies program
is ranked #2 out of 24 colleges and universities for veteran friendliness in
Illinois, as reviewed by College Factual. On campus, Media Studies is recognized as a
model for pre-professional student development earning us one of four Signature
Program designations. In 2019 we will add AIM HIGH
Creative Scholarships totaling $60,000 over four years to support talented
freshmen, transfer, and continuing media students.
Choose a concentration in Media
Industry and Production, or Social Networking and Participatory Culture to
specialize in the professional area that you plan to pursue.
In the Media Studies program, you will
have access to state-of-the-art studios and equipment and opportunities to
participate in real-world broadcasting in our classroom-based current events
program This Week at GSU (TWAG) and
on-campus internships with our live sports broadcasting program. GSU Media
Studies students also intern in New York and Los Angeles with ShoulderHill Entertainment
to work on the live international production of “24 Hours of Reality,” Al
Gore’s climate broadcast seen in 100 countries. A competitive internship opportunity,
students work alongside professionals and earn industry credits.
Reach your career goals.
With a bachelor’s degree in media
studies, you will be prepared to enter positions in media strategy and
production.Media Studies alumni
have gone on to work and intern locally and nationally at Hazel Crest Cable,
FOX3, NBC5, NBC Telemundo, Big Shoulders Digital Video Production, as well as
NBC13 in Madison, WI, and ShoulderHill Entertainment, New York, NY. Alumni have
also gone on to graduate school to study strategic communication and social
Media Industry and Production
production is a fast-paced and creative field, ideal for students interested in
working in hands-on and innovative positions. In this concentration, you will
have the opportunity to produce, animate, render, and edit real media
productions utilizing GSU’s state-of the-art studios and equipment, including
drone video and photography.
Social Networking and Participatory
The Social Networking and
Participatory Culture concentrations prepares you to become an effective and
technologically savvy media leader, manager, or practitioner through the
research, development, and production of social and interactive media.
This concentration is
offered in a flexible hybrid format, ideal for students with competing life
needs, such as work, family, and far commutes. During the fall semester of the
junior year, you will join your cohort ‘on
ground’ for 15 credit hours during complete foundation courses, developing
hands-on skills in introductory aspects of multimedia production, storytelling,
and analysis. Your remaining courses can be taken online to fulfill your Core,
Selective, and Elective requirements.