Media and Screen Studies and Political Science, BA

The Media and Screen Studies Program and the Department of Political Science offer a combined major in media and screen studies and political science. The combined major integrates the analysis, research, and production of traditional and emerging media along with courses on American government, comparative politics, international relations, and research methods.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

NUpath requirements Interpreting Culture (IC), Societies and Institutions (SI), Analyzing and Using Data (AD), and Ethical Reasoning (ER) are met through the major course requirements. 

NUpath requirements Creative Expression/Innovation (EI) and Difference and Diversity (DD) may be met through electives in the major.

NUpath requirements Natural and Designed World (ND) and Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ) must be met through general electives.

Media Studies Requirements

Media and Screen Studies Common Requirements
MSCR 1220Media, Culture, and Society4
MSCR 1320Media and Social Change4
or MSCR 1420 Media History
Foundation Course
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to Film Production
Understanding Media
Diversity or Globalization Course
Complete one of the following:4
Gender and Film
Global Media
Digital Feminisms
Media and Identity
Writing-Intensive
Complete two of the following:8
Digital Feminisms
Film Theory
Digital Media Culture
Media Audiences
TV History

Media and Screen Studies Electives

Complete three courses from MSCR or from the following (NUpath capstone recommendation: Complete MSCR 4623 as one of your MSCR electives if a political science capstone is not taken for a political science elective):12
Video Basics
Video: Sound and Image
Experimental Video
Sound Production for Digital Media
Television Field Production
Television Studio Production
Digital Editing for TV
Special Effects and Postproduction for Television
Production Capstone

Political Science Requirements

Required Courses
POLS 1150American Government4
POLS 1155Comparative Politics4
POLS 1160International Relations4
POLS 2400Quantitative Techniques4
Political Thought
Complete one of the following:4
Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
Modern Political Thought
American Political Thought
Contemporary Political Thought
Politics in Media/Art
Complete two courses. Consult academic adviser for additional courses.8
Music and Politics in America and Abroad
Elective Courses
Complete two POLS courses or complete a concentration.8
NUpath capstone recommendation: Complete a POLS capstone course as one of your POLS electives if MSCR 4623 is not taken for a MSCR elective.

Political Science Concentration (Optional)

If you are working toward one of the following concentrations, declare it with your adviser so that it may be added to your record. 

Integrative Requirements

Required Courses
MSCR 4602Media and Democracy4
POLS 3320Politics and Mass Media4

Media and Screen Studies Grade Requirement

No more than two grades below a C in media and screen studies courses may be used to satisfy degree requirements

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required


Concentrations

Concentration in American Political Institutions

Complete four of the following:16
State and Local Politics
The U.S. Congress
Judicial Process and Behavior
Public Policy and Administration
Public Opinion, Voting, and Elections
Campaign Strategy
Local Campaigns and Elections

 

Concentration in Campaigns and Elections

Required Courses
POLS 3160Campaign Strategy4
POLS 3302Judicial Process and Behavior4
Campaigns and Elections Electives
If POLS 4947 was replaced by a co-op or internship, an additional elective must be taken.
Complete two of the following:8
Urban Policies and Politics
State and Local Politics
Intergovernmental Relations
Public Opinion, Voting, and Elections
Local Campaigns and Elections
Politics and Mass Media
Presidential Nominating Process

 

Concentration in Comparative Politics

Theoretical Requirement
Complete one of the following:4
Religion and Politics
Nationalism
Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection
Politics of Developing Nations
Regional Requirements
Complete two of the following:8
Politics and Governance of Europe and the European Union
Government and Politics in the Middle East
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Experiential/Practicum Requirement
Complete one of the following:4
Model Arab League
Model NATO
Dialogue of Civilizations: Government and Politics Abroad

 

Concentration in Identity, Culture, and Politics 

Core Course
POLS 3418Nationalism4
Electives
Complete three of the following:12
Politics of Poverty
Music and Politics in America and Abroad
Religion and Politics
Gender and Politics
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Public Policy
Law and Society

 

Concentration in International Relations and Diplomacy

Experiential/Practicum Requirement
Complete one of the following:4
Model United Nations
Model Arab League
Dialogue of Civilizations: International Politics Abroad
Core Courses
Complete three of the following:12
International Political Economy
International Law
International Security
Politics and Governance of Europe and the European Union
Arab-Israeli Conflict

 

Concentration in Law and Legal Studies

Complete four of the following:16
American Political Thought
The U.S. Congress
Judicial Process and Behavior
Law and Society
International Law
Global Governance
U.S. Constitutional Law
U.S. Civil Liberties

 

Concentration in Public Policy

Core Requirement
POLS 3307Public Policy and Administration4
Electives
Complete three of the following:12
Bureaucracy and Government Organizations
Budgeting and Taxation
Business and Government
Urban Policies and Politics
State and Local Politics
Growth and Decline of Cities and Suburbs
Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Environmental Politics and Policy
U.S. Foreign Policy

 

Concentration in Security Studies

Complete four of the following:16
International Security
U.S. National Security Policy
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
U.S. Foreign Policy
Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Politics of Developing Nations

Sample Four Years, Two Co-ops

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MSCR 10001MSCR 1320 or 14204Foreign Language4Elective4
MSCR 12204POLS 11554Elective4Elective4
POLS 11504MSCR foundation4  
ENGW 11114Foreign Language4  
Foreign Language4   
 17 16 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
POLS 11604Co-opCo-opElective4
POLS 24004  Elective4
MSCR diversity/globalization4   
MSCR elective4   
EEAM 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Political thought elective4MSCR writing-intensive4Elective4Co-op
MSCR writing-intensive4Politics in media/art elective4Elective4 
MSCR elective4MSCR elective4  
POLS 33204POLS elective4  
 16 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opPolitics in media/art elective4  
 POLS elective4  
 Elective4  
 MSCR 46024  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 130