Undergraduate Programs

We offer four different majors, a minor and cross-disciplinary partnerships with Emergent Digital Practices, Gender & Women's Studies, and Critical Race & Ethnic Studies to make sure you can make the most out of your studies. In the Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies, you'll have opportunities to explore the theories behind contemporary and historical forms of media with experienced faculty mentors and professionals from the Denver community and beyond.

With a focus on experiential education and global perspectives, undergraduate students will also engage in projects designed to nurture practical skills and critical thinking, as well as the principles of storytelling, filmmaking, journalistic ethics and social media communication.  Students forge lasting connections with peers, creators and media professionals in Denver. Alumni have gone on to careers in filmmaking, public relations, political communication, marketing, brand management, photojournalism, reporting, social media management and health communication, and more.

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Film Studies and Production

BA

About this Program

With a BA in film studies and production, you'll be a critical observer and producer of our culture's most powerful media art forms: film and video. You'll learn the history, theory, production and criticism of motion pictures, while developing a hands-on understanding of the film industry.

You’ll explore existing and emergent media platforms, learning what it means to be an ethical, effective and culturally sensitive communicator. You’ll write scripts and participate in screenwriting teams, while developing technical skills in lighting, editing and sound design. Our award-winning faculty will guide you through the processes of fundraising, exhibiting and promoting your films.

You’ll also 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. Our classes adopt an intersectional lens in their exploration of how identity markers create unequal power dynamics both on and off screen, highlighting how off-screen dynamics greatly impact what is seen onscreen.

The BA prepares you for a career in the fast-paced, highly competitive industries of film, video and related fields. After graduating, you can apply your creative and analytical abilities across many sectors, including media, marketing, entertainment, education and communications.

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Journalism Studies

BA

About this Program

Spurred by technological advances and changes in consumer behavior, journalists now must be equipped to produce content for a variety of platforms. As a BA student in Journalism Studies you will be empowered to develop sound news judgement. You will be prepared to enter the field with the creativity, versatility, and storytelling skills necessary to produce stories for both traditional and digital media. You will receive training in ethical and legal decision-making as well as writing, editing, video/audio production and digital design.

Your Journalism Studies degree will equip you to join a field with a wide range of potential career opportunities — from news anchor and international correspondent to technical writer and book or magazine publisher. By adding a minor area of study outside of journalism you will develop a unique specialization that can also increase employment opportunities. Additionally, you will gain practical work experience and a professional network before you graduate by completing an internship with an off-campus media outlet.

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Media Studies

BA

About this Program

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.

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Media, Film & Journalism Studies

Minor

About this Program

In today's dynamic, communications-driven world, those working in every field increasingly need backgrounds in effective strategic communication planning, media criticism, social media management, video editing and more. The Media, Film & Journalism Studies minor gives students in every major across the University the opportunity to hone these skills.

This highly flexible minor allows you to design a program that supports your career goals by choosing the media, film and journalism courses that fit your specific interests. Learn how to better promote your work, find out how media affects your major field and learn how to think critically about the media world we live in today.

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Strategic Communication

BA

About this Program

As a student pursuing a BA in Strategic Communication you will master essential concepts and skills for the creation of successful public information, promotional and advocacy campaigns. You will learn how to set strategic campaign objectives, craft effective media messages, develop sophisticated media strategies and much more.

You will explore media platforms ranging from traditional mass media to emerging digital media, and will learn what it means to be an effective, ethical and culturally sensitive communicator. In many classes you will work with local organizations to address real communication challenges and hone your skills in practice.

You will also be challenged to develop a deeper understanding of multicultural and global issues and reflect critically on the way media and communication impact our lives.

The BA in Strategic Communication will prepare you for careers in public relations, advertising, corporate communication, government and nonprofit communication, digital media management, health communication and sports promotion.