The Research Track provides you with an overview of foundational theoretical frameworks from various political, economic, historical, social and cultural contexts when studying mass media. Through a wide range of courses, you can gain:
Understand the relationships between media, culture, and power
Learn about US and global media theory and practices
Develop critical thinking skills about the connections between media production and consumption
Engage in dialogue and critical analysis of media texts from diverse social and cultural contexts and experiences
Preparation for graduate studies or careers in media research
Research Track Requirements
You need to complete 55 credits, which must include a minimum of 20 credits of upper-division courses. You must earn a total of 180 quarter credits, or 225 quarter credits for a double degree, to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in your chosen major.
Communication - Research Track students may choose to complete a 5-credit, 25-35 page senior thesis (as part of the List A credits). Ideally, you would have completed all core and foundation courses before undertaking the thesis. The thesis may be supervised only by core Communication faculty. This means early planning is crucial, and you should develop a rapport with your supervisor by the time you reach the thesis stage
COMMUNICATION CORE - LIST A
45 credits, including minimum of 20 credits of upper division TCOM credits (300-400 level) required. Minimum of 20 credits MUST be TCOM courses.