Department of Media, Journalism and Film
Mark Biggs. Acting Department Head
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
The Department offers the following majors: a B.S. in Media (in Digital Film Production and Media Production); a B.S. in Journalism (Print or Broadcast); and a B.S. or B.A. in Media Operations, Media Studies, and Film Studies. In addition, the Department offers a B.S. in Electronic Arts , an interdisciplinary program with majors in Multimedia Design, Audio Studies, and Video Studies. Minors are avalable in Film Studies, Journalism, Mass Media, and Screenwriting. A certificate is offered in Writing for Television and Film.
The Department of Media, Journalism & Film office is located in Craig Hall. The department operates an instructional television studio, a music recording studio, a radio production lab, AVID and ProTools post-production editing suites, a print journalism lab, a broadcast journalism lab, and a multimedia production lab. The department oversees the student-run web radio station, The Growl; the student newspaper, The Standard; and the University Film Series.
The department has 12 full-time faculty, many of whom have extensive professional experience in broadcast journalism, print journalism and film production.
To become a major, all students must meet the following criteria: 1) complete all general educational core classes. 2) have a combined GPA of 2.25 or higher across all class work. 3) have a 3.0 GPA or higher across the departmental core composed of MED 120, MED 204, and one of the following: MED 365 (production majors), MED 274 (film, media studies or operations majors), or JRN 270 (print or broadcast journalism majors).
Students majoring in Media, Journalism & Film will select courses from the following degree options. Please consult the Missouri State Catalog online at http://www.MissouriState.edu/catalog for specific course descriptions and degree requirements.
In addition to the 6-hour departmental core, the 21-hour media core and 9 hours of approved electives, media comprehensive majors must take required hours from one of two options, Digital Film Production (15 hours) or Media Production (15 hours).
3 Advisor-approved courses ( 9 hours)
All non-comprehensive majors must complete the 6-hour departmental core and the 21-hour media core plus requirements for the option, for a total of 39 hours. All non-comprehensive majors must complete a minor from either inside or outside the department. BA candidates must also meet the specific requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree outlined in the undergraduate catalog. NOTE: Minors must not have courses that are duplicated in the major.
12 hours of MED or JRN electives chosen in consultation with your advisor.
In addition to the 6-hour departmental core, journalism majors must complete the journalism core and one of the two options outlined below, plus a minor from outside the department.
Nine hours of JRN courses other than JRN 595 chosen with approval of advisor but no more than 6 hours of JRN 300.
Film Studies (BA/BS)
Mass Media (BA/BS)