Minor Programs

Minor Programs

Students in the Bachelor of Media Studies may construct their program to include a minor. In addition to minors in any of the disciplines or interdisciplinary minor programs offered by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Critical and Creative Studies, students can also choose a Minor in Education. Students are encouraged to plan their minor with their program and career goals in mind, and to build upon areas of particular interest or strength.

Note: A maximum of 6 credits numbered 300 and higher may be shared between the B.M.S. and the minor. See Double-Counting.

Minor in Arts

Students in the B.M.S. may complete any minor program in Arts, subject to their admissibility to the minor of their choice. To earn a minor, students must complete at least 30 credits in a single subject (discipline) or field of specialization, including any courses specified as required for the minor, unless the chosen minor is normally composed of fewer than 30 total credits in which case they must include the number specified for that program. At least 18 of the total minor credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above. Please see the specific minor requirements listed under the various disciplines of the Bachelor of Arts program.

Minor in Fine Arts

Students in the B.M.S. may complete a Minor in Visual Arts, subject to their admissibility to the minor of their choice.

Minor in Science

Students in the B.M.S. may complete any Science minor program, subject to their admissibility to the minor of their choice. To earn a minor, students must complete at least 30 credits in a single subject (discipline) or field of specialization, including any courses specified as required for the minor, unless the chosen minor is normally composed of fewer than 30 total credits in which case they must include the number specified for that program. At least 18 of the total minor credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above. Please see the specific minor requirements listed under the various disciplines of the Bachelor of Science program.

Minor in Education

The Minor in Education allows Bachelor of Media Studies students to combine Arts subject content with an area of Education through which that content can be more broadly explored and applied. These investigations through the lens of education can lead to career options involving education theory and pedagogy, both for teaching careers and other professional goals. The Minor does not qualify students to teach in the K-12 system; however, it does provide prerequisites to higher education programs and required courses necessary for specialized teacher education.

The Minor consists of 30 credits, 18 of which are drawn from specified core Education courses and 12 of which are drawn from supportive Arts courses at the 300-400 level.

Students who wish to declare the Minor must be eligible for 3rd-year standing. Arts-subject courses must be chosen in consultation with a program advisor, preferably prior to declaration; The program advisor may consult with the Education office for final approval of these courses.

Double Counting

Double-counting is defined as applying credit from the same upper-level course towards requirements in two different specializations. No more than 6 upper-level credits that count toward the BMS program-specified requirements may be double counted to fulfill requirements for the second specialization (minor). Double-counting does not reduce the minimum number of upper-level credits required to complete the degree. Thus, in order to graduate with a BMS degree, students must have at least 48 upper-level credits; this number of credits cannot be arrived at by double counting. Students should be aware that by double counting they could substantially weaken the intellectual content of one of their fields of study.

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