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Media Studies (Minor)

The minor in Media Studies consists of 15 hours of course work taken from designated courses in the Department of Communication & Theatre Arts. The minor requires COMM 260 and least 12 additional credits of designated course work at the 300-400 level.

Media Studies (Minor)


What is Media Studies (Minor) at ODU like?

The minor in Media Studies consists of 15 hours of course work taken from designated courses in the Department of Communication & Theatre Arts. The minor requires COMM 260 and least 12 additional credits of designated course work at the 300-400 level.

Program Highlights

What makes Media Studies (Minor) at ODU unique?

  • This Minor allows students to develop critical analytical tools that can lead to careers in the entertainment industries

  • This Minor allows students to hone journalism skills for a multi-mediated market

  • Hampton Roads is the #42 media market in the United States and geographically situated between two top-10 markets in Atlanta and Washington, DC.

  • Media literacy skills are paramount for active participation in our society

  • Many classes include opportunities to interact with media professionals


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

News Analysts, Reporters, and Journalists



Narrate or write news stories, reviews, or commentary for print, broadcast, or other communications media such as newspapers, magazines, radio, or television. May collect and analyze information through interview, investigation, or observation.

Media and Communication Workers, All Other



All media and communication workers not listed separately.

Media Programming Directors



Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs, such as sports or news.


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Disney, Lifetime Television Network, PBS


What are some courses offered in Media Studies (Minor) at ODU?

COMM 339:
Entertainment Journalism

In this course, students learn how to transform casual expressions of opinion about celebrities and media into polished reviews and articles worthy of publication in newspapers, magazines, and online platforms. Students will examine models of good entertainment journalism, past and present, in print, on the Web and in podcasts. In particular, students will consider critical reviews, profiles of artists and entertainers, interviews, and trend stories. Prerequisites: junior standing. Pre- or corequisite: COMM 260.

COMM 344:
Introduction to Media Industries

This course provides students with an overview of a range of media industries, exploring their histories and structures and their impact on contemporary media production. Students will track ongoing industry developments, applying course concepts and learning how media is made and how that process is restricted by a range of social, cultural, political, and economic forces. Prerequisites: COMM 260.

COMM 345:
Media Audiences

This course is designed to introduce students to the major theories and perspectives that inform the ways media audiences are made meaningful to the creation, distribution, promotion, regulation, and evaluation of media and popular culture. Prerequisites: COMM 260.


What are the requirements to apply for Media Studies (Minor) at ODU?

Students entering the Minor program in Media Studies (Minor) should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)


Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident

Per Credit:

$ 374


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate

Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States

Per Credit:

$ 407

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