Media Studies

Fast Facts: Media Studies Minor

  • A dynamic program that focuses on both intellectual theory and hands-on application, using the latest media technology in studio and field production scenarios
  • Students will study many exciting facets of the media, including media theory, social research and the creative writing process  
  • Gives students an understanding of the landscape of historical and current trends in the media, focusing on the power of media influence over societies and individuals
  • Students gain competence in producing media, participating in many aspects of on- and off-camera production. Students create fiction and non-fiction news, independent creative video and photography. Students learn the studio and field production processes, and network with local TV affiliates in both internship and paid job opportunities
  • Students have the option to participate in the London Theatre and Literature study abroad program.

Program requirements

Minor: 20 credits

Internship opportunities

Work-study and internship/practicum credits are available in the St. Scholastica and local media communities. Duluth is home to a thriving community including local affiliates of all the major television and radio networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox). Media production often intersects with the performing and studio arts communities, which are also thriving in Duluth (The Duluth Playhouse, Duluth Film Collective, Duluth MakerSpace, etc.) Many internship opportunities are available.

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse CTA 1114 - Media Literacy

Analyzes the relationship between media and society through the interaction of technology, business, audiences, culture and government. Through lecture, discussion, field trips and other in-class activities, the course reviews the history and theories of mass communication as they relate to specific media.

Expand and Collapse CTA 2214 - Newswriting

Introduces students to investigative reporting techniques, news judgment and news gathering skills for feature writing in print media. The course includes researching stories, interviewing, developing multi-source stories and making editorial decisions. It emphasizes writing excellence through weekly critiques of student work. Prerequisite: CTA 1014 or consent of instructor.

Expand and Collapse CTA 2307 - Digital Photography

Introduces digital image making. Students work with digital SLR cameras and the latest photographic software to produce an entirely digital portfolio. Composition and visual aesthetics are emphasized. Digital SLR cameras are provided by the school.

Expand and Collapse CTA 2514 - Digital Media Studio

Introduces the basic concepts of postmodern media production and networking with an emphasis on creative digital media. The course provides an examination of past, present, and future trends in media production and the development of a postmodern digital media workflow. The latest trends and debates in the field of digital media are explored, including social networking and the latest methods of generating, editing, and syndicating various digital media (text, audio, video, and photo). Other topics include digital radio, iPods and podcasting, the growth of Google and YouTube, social network syndication, cable and Internet advertising. Students develop a working knowledge of practical principles that will be useful for a career in the electronic media, with an emphasis on creating new digital media content in a studio lab environment. Prerequisite: CTA 1014 or consent of instructor.

Expand and Collapse CTA 2525 - The Media, Race & Gender

Introduces students to mass-mediated representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality. We survey historically and/or culturally significant artifacts in this course in order to interpret evolving representations.

Expand and Collapse CTA 2850 - Media Theory and Research

Introduces students to media theory and research. The course engages students in the processes of thinking theoretically and researching effectively. The course introduces research tools associated with both the humanities and social sciences.

Expand and Collapse CTA 3307 - Photojournalism

Emphasizes the principles and practices of photography for newspaper and magazine publication. Composition, newsworthiness, impact, as well as camera handling, exposure, lighting, darkroom techniques and digital photography will be covered.

Expand and Collapse CTA 3341 - Media Production

Research, writing and production of video and audio news stories, mini-documentaries, commercials and features. Lab assignments include location recording of actual events and studio production experiences for both video and audio. An introduction to video and audio editing. Prerequisite: CTA 2514 or consent of instructor.

Expand and Collapse CTA 3999 - Independent Study

Independent Study.

Expand and Collapse CTA 4414 - Media Criticism

Applies a variety of critical-theoretical perspectives to consider issues of media production, texts and audiences. Prerequisite: CTA 1114 or consent of instructor.

Expand and Collapse CTA 4417 - Mass Media Law And Ethics

Studies first Amendment rights, government regulation, Supreme Court decisions and ethical standards and conflicts are analyzed. Case studies address libel, privacy, regulation, and ethical issues. Prerequisite: CTA 1114 or consent of instructor.

Expand and Collapse CTA 4999 - Independent Study

Individual research or production projects are chosen by the student and approved by instructor. May be taken twice for credit, each time in a different area. Pre-requisite: At least one academic or production course in chosen area.