Minor in Media Literacy

Media Literacy Minor — 15 units

This program prepares critical citizens for a world in which people are inundated by media messages coming from every aspect of their lives. Whether it is news, social media, or streaming television programs, there is a lot of information being sent to consumers, much of which is inaccurate information. This program will help students understand the impact of media technology, how media is created, why it is created, who creates the messages, and the impact of those messages on the individual and society as a whole.

All course work used to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize the impact of technologies on media communication.
  2. Deconstruct messages for their meaning, purpose, accuracy, and intent.
  3. Analyze the ways media constructs a social reality and the effects on its audiences.
  4. Identify how messages are created for social, political, economic, historic, and aesthetic purposes.
  5. Apply media theory to the interpretation of messages by diverse audiences.
  6. Be conversant in the aesthetic and symbolic language of media.

Media Literacy Minor — 15 units

A minimum of 6 upper-division units are required to complete the minor.

All coursework used to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Core Courses (9 units)

BECA 201Life on TV: A Critical View3
BECA 301Media Literacy3
BECA 422Media and Society3

Electives (6 units)

Select any two electives from list below. Other BECA courses or media literacy courses from other departments may be substituted with approval from a BECA minor advisor:

BECA 200Introduction to Media3
BECA 235Digital Media Basics3
BECA 321Critical Study of Popular Culture3
BECA 324Media Law3
BECA 340Media Aesthetics I3
BECA 390The Age of Information3
BECA 460Industry of Broadcast News3
BECA 463Ethics and Responsibility in the Electronic Media3
BECA/WGS 485Women and Media3
BECA 487Children and Television3
BECA 488Asian Media3
BECA 490Television and Social Change3
BECA/I R 500International Broadcasting3
BECA 502Environmental Communication on Electronic Media3
BECA 590New Communication Technologies3
BECA 594Mobile Electronic Media3