The Media Studies Major

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For students not enrolled in the Distinguished Majors Program, the Media Studies major requires completion of ten (10) courses. The bulk of your major must be completed in the Media Studies Department. You are allowed to take any practice of media course on our list. Of your four (4) electives in addition to Practice of Media, only two (2) may be study abroad, transferred from another US institution, or courses from other departments at UVA. One (1) must be from our Diversity & Inclusion approved list of classes. Your 4510 capstone must be a Media Studies course taught by a member of our faculty. All courses from outside the department (including study abroad) must be on our approved lists or approved by the Director of Undergraduate Programs prior to being accepted toward the major. If you see a course in another department at the 3000 level or higher that you would like to take with a media focus, you can have it evaluated by submitting the course syllabus and the Request to Have a Course Outside of Media Studies Count as an Elective form. If you would like a transfer credit from a US institution to count toward the major, use this form to make the request. William Little - - is the Department Contact. You must attach proof that you received at least a C+ in all courses you want counted toward the major.  A list of previously approved outside classes is available. Please click on the appropriate link below to see detailed requirements for your term.

Major Requirements For Students Applying Spring 2021 and beyond (Class of 2023+)

Major Requirements For Students Declared Spring and Fall 2020 (Class of 2022)