Prerequisites and Application
Students with superior academic performance are encouraged to apply for the Honors Program in Media Studies in which they write a thesis or complete a substantial creative portfolio with appropriate documentation demonstrating independent study of high quality. An application is required for entrance to the Honors Program. Students must apply in the second semester of their second year by the deadline posted on the Media Studies website. The application process is highly selective and takes into account the applicant’s GPA, application essay, as well as other factors. Once accepted, the student will be assigned a faculty advisor who will guide the student in the preparation of her or his degree plan, in the selection of courses, and who will help the student with all matters related to her or his intellectual pursuits. Prior to applying, students are expected to have completed MDST 2000 (Introduction to Media Studies) and 2010 (Introduction to Digital Media Studies). Exceptions to these pre-requisites are made only at the discretion of the Director the Media Studies Honors Program.
Media Studies honors students are required to complete a minimum of 38 credits including:
(Pre-requisite) 4 credits
(Pre-requisite) 4 credits
MDSH 3000: Theory and Criticism of Media 3 credits
MDSH 4000: Media Research Methods 3 credits
Four (4) MDST electives at the 3000-level or above 12 credit minimum
Two (2) MDST electives at the 4000-level 6 credit minimum
One (1) Practice of Media Course from approved list or MDST 3801
Students will choose their electives in consultation with their faculty advisor and the Director of the Media Studies Honors Program. These courses must constitute a plan that furthers the student’s special interest(s).
Honors students are expected to earn at least a 3.000 in each MDST and MDSH course applied to the Honors Program and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.400 per university policy. Students who are unable to maintain these academic standards will be put on probation by the Media Studies department for one semester. Students who are not able to raise their grade point averages in the subsequent semester will be asked to leave the honors program, but may continue as a Media Studies major provided that they meet the minimum requirements for that major.
Depending on their performance in the Honors Program, students are eligible to graduate with Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors and such a designation will be reflected on their diplomas.