Contemporary communication and information media — including traditional and digital media — are integral to political, economic and cultural life today. As a student in the BA in Media Studies, you will learn to examine critically the role and influence of media in our society. You will cultivate a broad understanding of media industries and will also gain communication skills that are applicable to almost any profession.

You will work directly with faculty who are producing research and creative work across the globe as you are challenged to develop a deeper understanding of how sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, gender, class, age and ability are represented in and by media — and why such representations matter. 

Before you graduate, you'll build career experience by completing an internship in an industry you're passionate about. The BA in Media Studies will equip you with skills you can take to graduate or law school, into government and nonprofits and into a variety of careers in communication-related industries.

What Sets Us Apart

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    An emphasis on multicultural and global communication and a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice

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    Internationally recognized professors, dedicated to student success, who bring a wealth of expertise in corporate, nonprofit, health and political communication

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    Small classes that balance theoretical concepts with experiential learning and give you the personal attention and support you need to learn and thrive

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    An outstanding internship program and an extensive professional network of business, nonprofit and government partners in Colorado and beyond

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    Multiple opportunities for engagement beyond the classroom including exciting internships; the student-run podcast, PioCast; the student-run newspaper, The Clarion; and Project DU F.I.L.M., a partnership between students, faculty and alumni

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    The ability to double major and design your own path based on your unique passions and career goals

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Degree Requirements

  • The Media Studies major requires a minimum of 40 credits.
  • Students have the option to complete a professional internship for credit as one of their course electives.
  • To earn distinction in the Media Studies major, students must have a 3.75 cumulative GPA and a 3.8 GPA in the major.

See the DU Undergraduate Bulletin for more information on courses and degree requirements. 


Cultivate a deep, well-rounded knowledge of media.

Study the platforms that shape our political, economic and cultural lives.

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