The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication's academically rigorous Bachelor of Science degree is grounded in the liberal arts, providing students with the necessary tools to understand the sociological, political, and cultural aspects of media and technology. 

The program’s internationally recognized faculty encourage MCC majors to think deeply and broadly about culture and media using theoretical and historical frameworks. The components of the major include core courses in theory and analysis, and upper-level courses in two of the following fields of study: Global and Transcultural Communication, Images and Screen Studies, Interaction and Social Processes, Media Institutions and Politics, Technology and Society. View the curriculum and degree requirements for the undergraduate major. 

Numerous study away opportunities allow students to cultivate a deeper knowledge of the global production, circulation, and reception of contemporary media.

What You'll Learn

Upon completion of program requirements, undergraduate majors are expected to:

  • Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking, formulate pertinent research questions and appropriate methodologies, evaluate and use suitable reference materials and primary and secondary sources
  • 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
  • Undertake close readings of written, aural, audio and visual texts
  • Utilize global and cosmopolitan approaches in the transnational study of media and culture
  • Attain facility with project-based and fieldwork data collection, and a range of modes for the presentation of findings

The Media, Culture, and Communication program offers students a theoretical background for entry into a wide range of careers and graduate study. New York University was named the best school for media professionals by LinkedIn, in large part because of the success of MCC graduates. A survey of recent MCC alumni showed that 95% of responders were either full-time employees or in graduate school. In addition, 73% of responders had accepted offers for full-time employment within the first 3 months of graduating.

Our alumni work for such places as Viacom, Buzzfeed, Google, Ogilvy & Mather, Simon and Schuster, CBS News, ESPN, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures, The New York Times, Capitol Music Group, the United Nations, the BBC, Nielsen, Conde Nast, among many others. They are enrolled in graduate study at universities across the globe, including Harvard, Columbia, Duke, Brown, Cambridge (UK), McGill (Canada), and Ritsumeikan University (Japan).

Program Benefits for International Students

If you’re an international student, you may be able to work in the United States after graduation for an extended period of time. Most students studying on F-1 visas will be eligible for 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) off-campus work authorization. F-1 students in our program may also be eligible for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) OPT extension, allowing you to extend your time in the United States to pursue degree-related work experience for a total of 36 months or 3 years. NYU’s Office of Global Services provides information about who can apply for this extension and how.