Media Analysis

The mass media, more than ever before, plays a vital role in how information is disseminated and how societies are shaped and function. As traditional forms of media and information dissemination change rapidly in an increasingly technological world, it is more important than ever for students to understand the way that media work, as well as learn to evaluate the messages that are sent. All students can benefit from the study of mass communications institutions, functions and techniques. In this media analysis concentration, students will learn to understand the roles that media play, how they are changing and their impact. They will be given the tools they need to critically evaluate, analyze and interpret media messages in order to become wise consumers of media themselves.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • Students must be at the sophomore level (25 credits) in order to take upper-division courses.

Core 9 Hours Required

MCO 120 Media and Society, SB (3) (Credit is allowed for only JMC 110, MCO 110 or 120)

MCO 240 Media Issues in American Pop Culture (3)

MCO 418 History of Mass Communication, SB, H (3)

Electives 9 Hours Required
Choose elective courses from the following:

MCO 302 Media Research Methods (3)

MCO 425 Digital Media Literacy (3) (Credit for only MCO 425 or MCO 494 (Digital Media Literacy))

MCO 430 International Mass Communication, G (3) 

MCO 435 Social Media (3)

MCO 450 Visual Communication, HU (3)

MCO 455 War and the Mass Media (3)

MCO 456 Political Communication, SB (3)

MCO 460 Race, Gender and Media, C (3) ( Credit for AFR or MCO 460)

MCO 465 Sports and Media (3)

MCO 473 Sex, Love and Romance in the Mass Media, SB (3)

MCO 494 Special Topic courses (3)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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