Minor in Media Studies

The minor degree in Media Studies provides students with an understanding of different roles that media play in society. The minor introduces students to humanistic and social science traditions of media research, teaches students about the influence that media forms and institutions have, and provides instruction in the critical evaluation of different kinds of media communication.

Overview of Minor Requirements

  • Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 18
  • GPA requirements to earn minor: Students graduating with a minor in a CLAS field must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in the courses in the minor field that are credited toward completion of the minor.
  • Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward minor:  C- or higher.
  • Other requirements:  A minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed at the University of Maine.


Core Course Requirements: 3 courses (9 credits)

CMJ 376 Modes of Media Criticism 3 credits
CMJ 211 Journalism and Media History 3 credits
CMJ 203 Media Theories and Research Methods 3 credits

Elective Courses (Select three courses from the following list)

CMJ 100 Introduction to Media Studies 3 credits
CMJ 107 Communication and the Environment 3 credits
CMJ 245 Film Criticism and Theory 3 credits
CMJ 314 International Media 3 credits
CMJ 370 Visual Communication 3 credits
CMJ 367 Public Relations 3 credits
CMJ 375 Journalism and Media Law 3 credits
CMJ 380 Advertising, Media and Society 3 credits
CMJ 398 Topics in Media Studies 3 credits
CMJ 425 SL: Health Campaigns 3 credits

Note: For Communication or Journalism Majors: No more than one course may count both in the major and the Media Studies Minor.