This program prepares critical citizens for a world in which people are inundated by media messages coming from every aspect of their lives. Whether it is news, social media or streaming television programs, there is a lot of information being sent to consumers, much of which is inaccurate information. This program will help students understand the impact of media technology, how media is created, why it is created, who creates the messages, and the impact of those messages on the individual and society as a whole.
All course work used to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Recognize the impact of technologies on media communication.
- Deconstruct messages for their meaning, purpose, accuracy and intent.
- Analyze the ways media constructs a social reality and the effects on its audiences.
- Identify how messages are created for social, political, economic, historic and aesthetic purposes.
- Apply media theory to the interpretation of messages by diverse audiences.
- Be conversant in the aesthetic and symbolic language of media.
Core Courses (9 units)
|Life on TV: A Critical View
|Media Literacy in the Electronic Culture
|Social Aspects of Electronic Media
Electives (6 units)
Select any two electives from list below. Other BECA courses or media literacy courses from other departments may be substituted with approval from a BECA minor advisor:
|Introduction to Electronic Communication
|Digital Media Basics
|Critical Study of Popular Culture
|Law and Regulation of Electronic Media
|Media Aesthetics I
|The Age of Information
|Industry of Broadcast News
|Ethics and Responsibility in the Electronic Media
|Children and Television
|Television and Social Change
|Environmental Communication on Electronic Media
|New Electronic Communication Technologies
|Mobile Electronic Media