Program Description

Liberal Arts and Sciences: Media Studies Option

The Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum offers a well rounded education that prepares students for a wide range of career options. Students take courses in a diverse set of disciplines that provides a foundation for later specialization. The Media Studies option allows students interested in communication, mass media, and film and video studies or production to transfer to a senior college. Students who graduate with an AA Liberal Arts and Sciences: Media Studies option can pursue a variety of careers including television and/or film producer or director, screenwriter, corporate communications specialist, media analyst, and others.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Liberal Arts and Sciences program requirements, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge base from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
  2. Evaluate and analyze a range of artistic, historical, literary and philosophical works.
  3. Examine the formation of individual and group behavior, and social institutions and processes.
  4. Develop an ability and a cultural context for communication in a language other than English.
  5. Communicate effectively through written and oral forms.
  6. Demonstrate informed critical thinking.
  7. Engage in quantitative reasoning and scientific inquiry.
  8. Demonstrate an awareness of diverse cultures.

Upon successful completion of the Media Studies Option requirements, students will be able to:

  1. Examine examples from television, film, newspapers, radio, and websites and, in written and/or oral presentations, analyze how these mass communication vehicles portray and influence US audiences of varying races, ethnicities, and genders.
  2. Assess how the standpoints of characters in TV programs are affected by societal mores and values.
  3. Interpret how filmmakers use lighting, audio, directing, set design, and mise en scene to create meaning in the minds of viewers.

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Curriculum Coordinator: Dr. Debra A. Gonsher

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