Honors in Media, Culture, and Communication

Undertaking the Honors Program in Media, Culture, and Communication is an exciting but demanding opportunity for students with outstanding academic records and a serious intellectual curiosity about the discipline. The program prepares and guides students to pursue original, independent research under the supervision of a full-time faculty member during the senior year. Producing an honors thesis is a challenging academic experience that can reap many benefits, including close mentorship from a faculty member, the opportunity to further explore a specific intellectual question or issue that piques your curiosity, and the development of strong research, writing, and critical thinking skills that can strengthen your portfolio in graduate school or professional settings. A program of this caliber often represents the most defining and culminating experience of one's undergraduate study and can synthesize the knowledge developed over the course of the major.


Although the honors program demands the greatest amount of work during the senior year, planning should begin in the junior year. A general timeline for participation in the program is listed below.

Junior Year

April, Junior Year

Summer between Junior/Senior Years

Fall, Senior Year

Spring, Senior Year

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Sample Thesis Abstracts

Iranian Identity and News-Making: Analyzing New York Times Coverage of the 2009 Iranian Green Movement

The State of Responsibility: Can Integrated Reporting Improve Assessments of CSR and Encourage a Systemic Approach to Corporate Sustainability?

Alternative News: Reconfiguring Twitter as News Media in the 2016 Election

Calling In & Getting Off: Phone Sex and Queer Identity from 1970-1989

Violent Sex, Sexy Violence: The Treatment of Women in Game of Thrones as an Adaptation

Spaces of Displacement: Negotiating Temporality in Refugee Camps

Insulin Pump as Mobile Device: Ethics of Changing Healthscapes

Differences in Media Perception and Preference Among College Republicans, College Democrats and Independent Students at NYU

Change the Channel: Quality Television Discourses and Cultural Hierarchy

Blurred Lines: How Rape Myths Bleed into the Cultural Narratives Surrounding College Athletes in the Media

Emoji: The Language of the Digital Platform