Media Analysis

Description
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.

Requirements

  • 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 307 The Digital Audience (3) 

MCO 335 Social Media (3)

MCO 366 Media Ethics and Diversity (3)

MCO 403 Media Law (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 2.00 GPA; Credit is allowed for only JMC 402 or MCO 403 or MCO 494 (Media Law) or MCO 503)

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

MCO 426 Digital Media Literacy II (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 2.00 GPA; Credit is allowed for only MCO 426 or MCO 494 (Digital Media Literacy II))

MCO 427 Misinformation and Society (3)

MCO 428 Digital Media and Freedom of Expression in the 21st Century (3)

MCO 430 International Mass Communication, G (3) 

MCO 431 Media Entrepreneurship (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 470 Exploring the Business of Journalism (3)

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

MCO 494 Special Topic courses (3)

IDS Core Course Information

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 9 credit-hour core and 9 credit hours of context/application courses.

Required Courses (9 credit hours):

  • IDS 201 Intellectual Fusion (recommended for freshman/sophomore students)
    • Prerequisites: None

OR

  • IDS 301 Becoming Interdisciplinary (3) (recommended for transfer students and/or students declaring IDS in their junior or senior year)
    • Prerequisites: Interdisciplinary Studies major

  • IDS 302 Integration Skills (3)
    • Prerequisite(s): Interdisciplinary Studies major; IDS 201 or 301 with C or better
  • IDS 401 Integration: Experiential Learning (3) (requires application)
    • Prerequisites: IDS 201 or 301 with C or better; IDS 302 with C or better; minimum 2.00 GPA; minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

Context courses (6 credit hours)

Choose two Integrative Context courses from the following (3 credit hours each):

  • IDS 310: Integration: Cultural Contexts, C
  • IDS 311: Integration: Global Contexts, G, SB
  • IDS 312: Integrative Perspectives on Change
  • IDS 313: Integrative Perspectives on a Changing World
  • IDS 314: Integrative Perspectives on Cultural Dynamics, SB
  • IDS 315: Integration: Social Contexts, SB
  • IDS 316: Integration: Humanities Contexts, HU

Application courses (3 credit hours)

Choose any IDS Application course from the following (3 credit hours each):

  • IDS 140: The Nature of Knowledge Systems
  • IDS 302: Integration Skills
  • IDS 310: Integration: Cultural Contexts, C
  • IDS 311: Integration: Global Contexts, G, SB
  • IDS 312: Integrative Perspectives on Change
  • IDS 313: Integrative Perspectives on a Changing World
  • IDS 314: Integrative Perspectives on Cultural Dynamics, SB
  • IDS 315: Integration: Social Contexts, SB
  • IDS 316: Integration: Humanities Contexts, HU
  • IDS 484: Elective Internship

Transfer to ASU transfer.asu.edu

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students transfer.asu.edu/maricopa

  • 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 transfer.asu.edu/maricopa for verification.

Year

Year

2021-22

Campus

Campus

Tempe

Advising

Advising

Interdisciplinary Studies Advising
cisa.asu.edu/advising
All appointments:
480-965-4464

Downtown Phoenix
Arizona Center, Suite 380

Polytechnic
Santa Catalina Hall

Tempe
Urban Systems Engineering

Online
480-965-4464

 

DARs Code

DARs Code

CSMCOEMPA

College/School

College/School

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

Concentration Contact

Concentration Contact

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