Media Studies

Media Studies

Making sense of media, and making your own.

The program in Media Studies offers an in-depth exploration of media as both a cultural phenomenon and a practical means of communication. The curriculum encompasses media such as television and movies, newspapers and magazines, and websites and social media.

In the Media Studies track, you’ll analyze the forces and trends that shape different types of media. You’ll learn to think critically about the media you consume, deconstructing both the text and the subtext. You’ll become savvier about the way the media you consume impacts your understanding of the world.

You’ll also develop the expertise you need as a crafter and creator of media. Through courses in storytelling, production and analytics, you’ll polish the practical skills you need to excel as a practitioner in the field.

The curriculum includes many fascinating course options. Here are a few:

  • Television Analysis explores the world of contemporary television: TV genres and production, and its impact on democracy and our everyday lives.
  • Media, Culture and Society uses theoretical frameworks from cultural studies to examine meaning and media, and examines how media represents gender, race and class.

Critical History of Radio, TV and New Media follows the development of electronic media from the network era to today’s multichannel media environment, focusing especially on broadcasting and cable in the US.

Offered as:

Track within Communications Studies major.

  • When it’s time to execute your own media assignments, you’ll have all the top-of-the-line creative tools you need. Oglethorpe’s two brand-new digital media labs are outfitted with 27-inch iMacs equipped with Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X and more, and production equipment like Panasonic GH4 DSLR cameras, studio lighting kits and microphones. Create a website, produce a short film or do both.
  • Studying abroad will expand your perspective and deepen your understanding of the media industry around the world. Globally minded summer courses like Travel Writing and Intercultural Communication are offered through Oglethorpe’s partnership with Lead Abroad in Rome, London and Paris.
  • Create high-impact media for the real world by joining Pegasus Creative, Oglethorpe’s student communications agency. You can gain hands-on experience making media for print, video and the web, guided by experienced professional staff members from university communications. Pegasus Creative offers a fantastic way to build a polished portfolio of exactly the kind of work you want to do.
  • Media Studies students have landed great internships at local media outlets like Creative Loafing and the Marietta Daily Journal.

As an Oglethorpe Media Studies graduate, you’ll be equipped with both the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills to excel in many media and communications careers, working for non-for-profit organizations, government agencies and businesses of all sizes. You could also pursue graduate study and earn an M.A., an M.F.A, or a Ph.D.

  • Careers for Media Studies grads include advertising executive, book editor or publicist, broadcast journalist, event manager, film director, magazine journalist, market researcher, media planner, music producer, public relations professional, social media manager, television producer, web content manager and more.
  • Oglethorpe communications alumni are employed at organizations such as CNN, Coyote Logistics, IHG, Univision, Porsche and Springbot, and attending grad programs at universities that include Emory, Georgia State and UGA.

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