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Undergraduate Degree in Media Studies

Undergraduate Programs in Media Studies

Today’s media outlets range from traditional print vehicles to digital publications, from professional film and TV to do-it-yourself videos broadcast through social networks. Media Studies covers all of these platforms and more, in an undergraduate program that explores media institutions, forms, contents, creative processes, and social effects. This preparation is valuable for anyone entering any profession involving the exchange of information.

The department’s world-renowned professors are experts in disciplines such as film and television studies, advertising and marketing, international communications, and the media arts. Media Studies majors get to create individualized programs in consultation with faculty mentors. New York City also plays a major role in QC’s Media Studies program: students attend events in the five boroughs and may earn credits by interning at major corporate and public institutions in the greater New York area.


BA in Media Studies Requirements

A major in media studies consists of not fewer than 36 nor more than 42 credits.


  • MEDST 100. Media Technologies from Gutenberg to the Internet
  • MEDST 101. Contemporary Media
  • MEDST 200. Principles of Sound and Image
  • MEDST 201W (formerly 300W). Media Criticism
  • Three additional courses at the 300 level, at least two of which must be designated as writing intensive (W).


  • Five additional elective courses, possibly including three credits of MEDST 392 Internship.

Appropriate prerequisites will always be enforced.

Note: A minimum grade of C is required in order for a course to be counted toward the major.


Minor in Media Studies Requirements

The minor consists of 21 credits forming a coherent course of study. The minor requires careful planning, and consultation with departmental faculty is advisable.


  • MEDST 100. Media Technologies from Gutenberg to the Internet
  • MEDST 101. Contemporary Media
  • MEDST 200. Principles of Sound and Image
  • MEDST 201W (formerly 300W). Media Criticism

  • Three courses of the student’s choice from departmental offerings. At least two of the three must be at the 200 level or above.

Majors with junior or senior standing and a 3.0 G.P.A. or higher may also elect to participate in the Media Studies Internship Program involving major media institutions in the greater New York area.

BA in Film Studies

The purpose of the BA program in Film Studies is to afford students the opportunity to study in depth the aesthetic, cultural, sociological, political, philosophical, and psychological elements of the cinema. The Film Studies major and minor are composed of film courses offered by a number of departments in the Divisions of the Arts and Humanities and the Social Sciences. For more information go to the Film Studies website.​​​​


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