As the undergraduate division of the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, our Bachelor of Science program offers students the opportunity to work with internationally recognized faculty. Our academically rigorous degree is grounded in the liberal arts, providing students with the critical thinking skills necessary to understand the sociological, political and cultural aspects of communication technologies and systems.
Upon completion of program requirements, undergraduate majors in media, culture, and communication are expected to be able to:
1. Promote analytical and critical thinking skills
2. Know and understand the key concepts in the study of media, culture, and communication and have fluency in the core scholarly work in these fields
3. Undertake close readings of written, aural, audio and visual texts
4. Prioritize comparative media studies across time, forms, and cultures
5. Encourage global and cosmopolitan approaches and outlooks in the transnational study of media and culture
6. Develop pertinent research questions, formulate appropriate methodologies, evaluate and use suitable reference materials and primary and secondary sources
7. Encourage facility with project-based and fieldwork data collection, and a range of modes for the presentation of findings
8. Promote awareness and application of ethical issues related to media, culture, and communication
Fields of Study
Within the broad framework of communication, our undergraduates focus their coursework via specialized fields of study. This component of the curriculum provides both structure and flexibility to suit students’ individual interests and goals. Students select 3 courses within 2 of the following fields:
- Global and Transcultural Communication
- Images and Screen Studies
- Interaction and Social Processes
- Persuasion and Politics
- Technology and Society
On campus, there are academic and networking events; student-led organizations; a student newspaper, Washington Square News; an on-campus television station, NYU-TV; and a student radio station, WNYU, to name just a few of the resources available to students here at Washington Square. Beyond the classroom, students utilize the department's vast internship network to gain valuable work experience in New York City—the media capital of the world.
Today, students need an international perspective to compete successfully in today's global environment. We offer flexibility through an array of options for international study and travel. Our students typically spend a semester at one of the various NYU study abroad campuses. For those interested in experiencing two semesters abroad at two diverse sites, we have launched a Global Media Scholars Program. For students who want to study internationally, but who do not want to leave campus for a full semester, global options are available through intensive intersession and summer courses.