2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jun 16, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Media Studies, MA


Bradley Gorham, Director of Media Studies Program

318 Newhouse 3, 315-443-3372, bwgorham@syr.edu


See Faculty for the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications  

This program emphasizes media processes and effects. Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, political communication, popular media culture, social and psychological effects, and media and diversity. This program stresses media theory and research, with students exploring a topic of their choosing in a culminating thesis. It is excellent preparation for more advanced study at the doctoral level or for research-oriented jobs in the private or public sector.

This 36-credit program leads to a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Media Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students in the Media Studies program are expected to achieve the following additional learning outcomes:

  • Apply the core communication theories and concepts of mediated communications.
  • Apply the key qualitative and quantitative research methods used in the field of communications.
  • Recognize the role of contemporary media systems and processes in society and culture.
  • Recognize the basic principles of the First Amendment and communications law.
  • Recognize the role of media in a diverse and global environment.
  • Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the field of mass communication.

Core Curriculum (27 credits)

Proseminar (0 credits)

Theory Courses (6 Credits)

Media Law (Choose one-3 Credits)

Diversity Course (3 Credits)

Research Design Course (3 Credits)

Electives (Choose two-6 Credits)

Elective courses will be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor and be relevant to the student’s course of study. Courses may include those offered in Newhouse, or elsewhere in the University.

For the Professional Research Track, this can include an internship.

Students choose one track (9 Credits)

Academic Research Track

Professional Research Track

Capstone Course (3 credits)

Required Benchmark (0 Credits)

Research benchmark trip (NYC)

Total: 36 credits