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Media Studies Major Requirements

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.

Major Requirements (effective for students declaring in the Fall 2017)

  • MDST 2000
  • MDST 3050 (pre-req MDST 2000)
  • One (1) Practice of Media Course from approved list.  Only one (1) Practice of Media course may be applied toward the major.
  • Seven(7) MDST electives at the 3000-level or above with at least
                - one (1) MDST elective at the 4000-level
                - one (1) Diversity and Identity Course from an approved list
                - one (1) Non-U.S. Media Course from an approved list
 

Academic Standards: Students are expected to maintain a 2.000 Cumulative GPA per university policy, an average GPA of 2.500 for all courses applied towards the major, and a 2.300 minimum grade for each MDST course. Students who are unable to maintain these academic standards will be put on probation by the Media Studies department for one semester. Students who are not able to raise their grade point averages in the subsequent semester will be asked to leave the major.

Transfer Students: Students transferring to UVa and interested in pursuing the Media Studies major must complete MDST 2000 in their first fall semester at UVa. Exceptions made only at the discretion of the Director of Undergraduate Programs.

Media Studies students are strongly urged to choose the balance of their MDST courses according to an individual plan of study. Students should consider the broad range of topics relevant to a full understanding of media studies: media aesthetics (rhetoric and the shape of argument in media, formal analysis, media criticism, and theory of a specific medium); the history of media (film, photography, television, digital, and print media); the experience of media (sociology); the social experience and effects of media (political science and government, law, or public policy, ethics, anthropology, and sociology); and the economics and business of media.

Media Studies Declaration: Here is a sample of a completed declaration form, demonstrating an understanding of the courses needed to complete the requirements.

Major Requirements (prior to Fall 2017 declaration)

  • MDST 2000
  • MDST 2010
  • MDST 3050 (pre-req MDST 2000)
  • One (1) Practice of Media Course from approved list.  Only one (1) Practice of Media course may be applied toward the major.
  • Six (6) MDST electives at the 3000-level  or above with at least
                - one (1) MDST elective at the 4000-level
                - one (1) Diversity and Identity Course from an approved list
                - one (1) Non-U.S. Media Course from an approved list
 

Academic Standards: Students are expected to maintain a 2.000 Cumulative GPA per university policy, an average GPA of 2.500 for all courses applied towards the major, and a 2.300 minimum grade for each MDST course. Students who are unable to maintain these academic standards will be put on probation by the Media Studies department for one semester. Students who are not able to raise their grade point averages in the subsequent semester will be asked to leave the major.

Transfer Students: We host an advisory session for transfer students during summer orientation. Please plan to attend the session if you wish to pursue a degree in Media Studies. If you plan to apply for admission to the Media Studies major, you are strongly encouraged to complete MDST 2000 in the first fall semester at UVa.  In most instances enrollment will require the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Programs. Up to ten students attending the orientation will be granted enrollment in MDST 2000 for the fall term. Other students should enroll in at least one 3000-level MDST course in their first fall semester at UVa. The application to the Media Studies major will be opened in September, and the deadline for submission of the application will be posted on our home page. .

Media Studies students are strongly urged to choose the balance of their MDST courses according to an individual plan of study. Students should consider the broad range of topics relevant to a full understanding of media studies: media aesthetics (rhetoric and the shape of argument in media, formal analysis, media criticism, and theory of a specific medium); the history of media (film, photography, television, digital, and print media); the experience of media (sociology); the social experience and effects of media (political science and government, law, or public policy, ethics, anthropology, and sociology); and the economics and business of media.