News & Media Studies

Course Overview

Students earning a News & Media Studies (BS) degree will learn the basics of creating and distributing messages in media. The interdisciplinary major provides students with a broad understanding of modern communication through offerings both inside and outside the Bob Schieffer College of Communication.

  • Students in this major may be interested in the role of journalism and other media, but not necessarily interested in pursuing a career as a journalist.
  • This major introduces students to key areas of journalism and media including diversity, law and ethics, while also allowing flexibility to explore the intersection of these topics from a variety of disciplines.
  • The News and Media Studies major helps students develop a critical understanding of how media operate through several conceptual courses.

Course Examples by Year

Fr

Media Literacy or Introduction to Journalism
Media Writing & Editing

So

Diversity & the Media
Historical Development of Mass Media

Jr

Issues in News or Media Ethics

Sr

Law & Ethics of Mass Communication

Where Graduates Go

After graduation, News and Media majors have become news and sports reporters, columnists, editors, designers, newscasters, producers, photojournalists, media entrepreneurs, and managers, across multiple media platforms. They also go to law school or enter other graduate programs for more specialized learning. Our graduates are working in media organizations in places like Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles, California; New York City, New York; San Antonio, Texas; Houston, Texas; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and abroad.