Requirements - declared spring 2018 or earlier

Requirements for Media Studies Majors Who Declared in Spring 2018 or Earlier

The requirements on this page are for students who declared Media Studies in spring 2018 or an earlier semester.

To graduate in Media Studies, students must complete the following requirements for a minimum of 30 upper-division units in approved Media Studies courses. All coursework for the major must be taken for a letter grade. Absolutely no exceptions will be made after declaring the major.

There are six sample program plans for completing the major at the end of this web page. Each student's program plan will be different and may not look like these samples. Students in the major are advised to meet with a Media Studies advisor each semester to track their progress in the major and plan future terms.

PLEASE NOTE: If you declared Media Studies in spring 2018 or earlier and would like to follow the new requirements, you must schedule an appointment with a Media Studies advisor to request permission to make this change.

FOUR Prerequisite courses:

     Introduction to Media Studies (Media Studies 10* or N10)
     Post Civil War US History (History 7B*, 124A, 124B, or 131B)
     US Government and Politics (Political Science 1*)
     Introduction to Social Science (Anthropology 3AC*, Economics 1*, Economics 2*,
        Psychology 1*, Psychology 2*, Sociology 1*, or Sociology 3AC*)
     * For community college course equivalents, visit  If you are transferring from another
        school, you will need to submit syllabi to for faculty review.

ONE (lower- or upper-division) Research Methods course from the list below:

     Political Science 3: Empirical Analysis
     Sociology 5: Evaluation of Evidence
     Sociology 7: The Power of Numbers: Quantitative Data in Social Sciences
     Media Studies 130: Research Methods in Media Studies
     Psychology 101: Research and Data Analysis in Psychology*
     Sociology 105: Introduction to Sociological Methods*
     * Note: Upper-division methods courses in other departments may be best suited for

FOUR Core Courses:

     Media Studies 101: Visual Culture (formerly Visual Communication)
     Media Studies 102: Effects of Mass Media*
     Media Studies 103: Understanding Journalism**

     And any ONE from the following list:

     Media Studies 104A: Freedom of Speech and the Press
     Media Studies 104B: History of Journalism
     Information 103: History of Information (formerly cross-listed and offered as Media Studies C104C)
     Media Studies 104D: Privacy in the Digital Age

       * If you did not take Media Studies 102 in fall 2017 or earler, you will need to take
          Media Studies 112: Media Theories and Processes 
       ** If you did not take Media Studies 103 in spring 2018 or earlier, you will need to take
           Media Studies 113: Media and Democracy 

FOUR approved upper-division electives:

The courses listed below have been approved as Media Studies electives during past and current academic terms and may be taken as Media Studies electives when offered again. This list is reviewed annually to remove courses that are no longer offered and to reflect other changes. The last annual update was April 4, 2017. Specific special topics courses and a few courses no longer offered were removed on December 20, 2017.

NOTE: This is ony a PARTIAL list of approved electives.  FOR COURSES APPROVED FOR A SPECIFIC TERM (past, current, or at the start of in Phase I registration, the next term), including courses approved for a one-time basis, see Courses (Spring, Summer, Fall, Course Archive and Older Courses). Spring, Summer and Fall include courses offered during the most recent terms -- and so include additional electives to those listed below. Course Archive includes past terms back to Fall 2014. Older Courses includes terms from Summer 2002 through Summer 2014. These specific term lists serve as records of course approvals.

PLEASE NOTE: 1) Students may not take more than two courses from any single outside department or program. This includes combined courses. For example, Information C167: Virtual Communities/Social Media counts as both an Information course and a Sociology course, because the course is combined with Sociology C167: Virtual Communities/Social Media 2) When enrolling in electives worth less than four units, students may need to take more than four electives to reach 30-upper division units in the major.

•    African American Studies C134: Information Technology and Society
•    African American Studies 142A: Third World Cinema
•    African American Studies 142AC: Race and American Film
•    American Studies C112A: American Cultural Landscapes, 1600 to 1900
•    American Studies C112B: American Cultural Landscapes, 1900 to Present
•    American Studies C134: Information Technology and Society
•    American Studies C172: History of American Business
•    Anthropology C136K: Who Owns the Past? Cultural Heritage in a Digital Age
•    Anthropology 138A: History and Theory of Ethnographic Film
•    Anthropology 139: Controlling Processes
•    Anthropology 150: Utopia: Art and Power in Modern Times
•    Anthropology 155: Modernity
•    Anthropology 156B: Culture and Power
•    Anthropology 160AC: Forms of Folklore
•    Anthropology 162: Topics in Folklore
•    Anthropology 166: Language, Culture and Society
•    Asian American Studies 138: Topics in Asian Popular Culture (all topics)
•    Asian American Studies 171: Asian Americans in Film and Video
•    Chicano Studies 135A: Latino Narrative Film: to the 1980s
•    Chicano Studies 135B: Latino Narrative Film Since 1990
•    Chicano Studies 135C: Latino Documentary Film
•    Chinese 172: Contemporary Chinese Language Cinema
•    Demography 161: Population Apocalypse in Film and Science
•    Dutch 171AC: From New Amsterdam to New York: Race, Culture and Identity in New Netherlands
•    English 173 or N173: The Language and Literature of Films (all topics)
•    English 176: Literature and Popular Culture
•    Environmental Design C169B: American Cultural Landscapes, 1900 to Present
•    Ethnic Studies 122AC: Ethnicity and Race in Contemporary American Films
•    Film and Media 108: Special Topics in Film Genre (all topics)
•    Film and Media 128: Documentary
•    Film and Media 129: History of Avant-Garde Film
•    Film and Media 140: Special Topics in Film (all topics)
•    Film and Media 151: Auteur Theory (all topics)
•    Film and Media 160: National Cinema (all topics)
•    Gender and Women’s Studies 125: Women and Film
•    Gender and Women's Studies 140 Feminist Cultural Studies
•    Gender and Women's Studies C146B: Cultural Representations of Sexualities: Queer  Visual Culture
•    History 122AC: Antebellum America: The Advent of Mass Society
•    History 134A: The Age of the City, 1825-1933
•    Geography C152: Multicultural Europe
•    Geography C160B: American Cultural Landscapes, 1900 to Present
•    Information C167: Virtual Communities/Social Media
•    Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major 100H: Introduction to Media and International Relations
•    Italian Studies 170: The Italian Cinema: History, Genres, Authors
•    Italian Studies 175: Film and Literature (in English)
•    Japanese 185: Introduction to Japanese Cinema
•    Korean 187: History and Memory in Korean Cinema
•    Korean 188: Cold War Culture in Korea: Literature and Film
•    Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Studies C146B: Cultural Representations of Sexualities: Queer Visual Culture
•    Letters and Science C180U: Wealth and Poverty
•    Letters and Science C180W: Who Owns the Past? Cultural Heritage in a Digital Age
•    Linguistics 150: Sociolinguistics
•    Media Studies 140: Media and Politics
•    Media Studies 150: Topics in Film (all topics)
•    Media Studies 160: International Media
•    Media Studies 165: Internet and Culture
•    Media Studies 170: Cultural History of Advertising
•    Media Studies 180: Television Studies
•    Media Studies 190: Special Topics in Media Studies (all topics)
•    Native American Studies 158: Native Americans and the Cinema
•    Political Science 106A: American Politics: Campaign Strategy—Media
•    Political Science 161: Public Opinion, Voting and Participation
•    Political Science 164A: Political Psychology and Involvement
•    Psychology 160 or N160: Social Psychology
•    Psychology 166AC: Cultural Psychology
•    Public Policy C103: Wealth and Poverty
•    Rhetoric 114: Rhetoric of New Media
•    Rhetoric 130: Novel into Film (all topics)
•    Rhetoric 132T: Auteur in Film
•    Rhetoric 138: Television Criticism
•    Scandinavian 115: Studies in Drama and Film (all topics)
•    Sociology 110: Organizations and Social Institutions
•    Sociology 111AC: Sociology of the Family
•    Sociology 133: Sociology of Gender
•    Sociology 140: Politics and Social Change
•    Sociology 150: Social Psychology
•    Sociology 160: Sociology of Culture
•    Sociology 166: Society and Technology
•    Sociology C167: Virtual Communities/Social Media
•    Theater, Dance and Performance Studies 118AC: Performance, Television, and Social Media
•    Undergraduate Business Administration 106: Marketing
•    Undergraduate Business Administration 160: Consumer Behavior
•    Undergraduate Business Administration 165: Advertising Strategy
•    Undergraduate Business Administration C172: History of American Business

Students wishing to have any other course reviewed as a possible Media Studies elective must submit a copy of the course syllabus to for faculty review or meet with a Faculty Adviser. See Media Studies Advising.

For further assistance, email Emails to this address are answered by staff and faculty advisors. See Media Studies Advising.