Program of Study

MLDC Program of Study As they move through the program, MLDC students will have the opportunity to create media literacy materials for corporate, educational, health, and non-profit organizations. As part of their coursework students will produce in-depth presentations, curricula, campaigns, and initiatives. MLDC students also gain hands-on professional experience through capstone courses in their area of interest. By the time they graduate, every MLDC student will showcase their work in a personalized digital portfolio that highlights their media literacy skills, creativity, and critical thinking.

Beyond the traditional curriculum, MLDC students will have the opportunity to participate in a number of media literacy events and initiatives. MLDC offers an orientation workshop the week before classes begin in order to provide students with the foundational knowledge they will need to succeed in the program and the workplace. Throughout the year students can take part in regularly scheduled workshops taught by visiting media literacy professionals. The MLDC program also hosts an annual Media Literacy Symposium focused on current issues in the field. 

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With fall and spring acceptance and convenient 8-week sessions scheduled year round, MLDC courses combine face-to-face once-a-week evening classes with online sessions, allowing students to schedule their coursework around professional and personal obligations. MLDC students can choose to pursue the Children, Health, and Media (CHM) concentration, the Media and Social Justice (MSJ) concentration or the Political Action and Media Production concentration. Full-time students can complete the degree in one year, taking two classes each module while part-time students take one class each module and finish in two years.

Full-Time Program of Study

Full Time/1 year with FALL start

Full Time/1 year with SPRING start

Module 1 Sep-Oct

Module 3 Jan-Feb 

 CM 501: Media, Communication & Culture

 CM 503: Media Ethics in a Professional Context

 CM 540: Foundations in Media Literacy

 Concentration Class 1 (CHM or MSJ)*

Module 2 Nov-Dec

Module 4 Mar-Apr

 CM 541: The Great Debates of Media Literacy

 CM 542: Media Literacy Design & Implementation   

 Concentration Class 1 (CHM or MSJ)*

 Concentration Class 2 (CHM or MSJ)*

Module 3 Jan-Feb 

Module 5 May-Jun

 CM 503: Media Ethics in a Professional Context

 CM 540:  Foundations of Media Literacy

 Concentration Class 2 (CHM or MSJ)*

 Elective

Module 4 Mar-Apr

Module 6 Jul-Aug

 CM 542: Media Literacy Design & Implementation

 CM 541: The Great Debates of Media Literacy

 Concentration Class 3 (CHM or MSJ)*

 Elective

Module 5 May-Jun

Module 1 Sep-Oct

 CM 693:  Capstone 1

 CM 501: Media, Communication & Culture

 Elective                              

 CM 693: Capstone 1

Module 6 Jul-Aug

Module 2 Nov-Dec

 CM 694: Capstone 2

 CM 694: Capstone 2

 Elective                              

 Concentration Class 3 (CHM or MSJ)*

*CHM = Children, Health & Media, MSJ = Media & Social Justice

Part-Time Program of Study

Part time/2 years with FALL start

Part time/2 years with SPRING start

YEAR ONE

YEAR ONE

Module 1 Sep-Oct

Module 3 Jan-Feb 

 CM 540: Foundations in Media Literacy

 CM 503: Media Ethics in a Professional Context

Module 2 Nov-Dec

Module 4 Mar-Apr

 CM 541: The Great Debates of Media Literacy

 CM 542: Media Literacy Design & Implementation

Module 3 Jan-Feb 

Module 5 May-Jun

 CM 503: Media Ethics in a Professional Context

 CM 540: Foundations of Media Literacy

Module 4 Mar-Apr

Module 6 Jul-Aug

 CM 542: Media Literacy Design & Implementation

 CM 541: The Great Debates of Media Literacy

Module 5 May-Jun

Module 1 Sep-Oct

 Elective

 CM 501: Media, Communication & Culture

Module 6 Jul-Aug

Module 2 Nov-Dec

 Elective

 Concentration Class 1 (CHM or MSJ)*

YEAR TWO

YEAR TWO

Module 1 Sep-Oct

Module 3 Jan-Feb          

 CM 501: Media, Communication, & Culture

 Concentration Class 2 (CHM or MSJ)*

Module 2 Nov-Dec

Module 4 Mar-Apr                       

 Concentration Class 1 (CHM or MSJ)*

 Concentration Class 3 (CHM or MSJ)*           

 Module 3 Jan-Feb          

Module 5 May-Jun

 Concentration Class 2 (CHM or MSJ)*

 Elective                               

Module 4 Mar-Apr                       

Module 6 Jul-Aug

 Concentration Class 3 (CHM or MSJ)*

 Elective                               

Module 5 May-Jun

Module 1 Sep-Oct

 CM 693: Capstone 1           

 CM 693: Capstone 1

Module 6 Jul-Aug

Module 2 Nov-Dec

 CM 694: Capstone 2

 CM 694: Capstone 2

Graduate Certificate Options

In addition to a complete Master of Arts program, MLDC offers two graduate certificates in Children, Health, and Media and Media and Social Justice: 

Children, Health, and Media

Media and Social Justice 

CM 540: Foundations of Media Literacy

CM 540: Foundations of Media Literacy

CM 543: Children and Media

CM 546: Race and Representation

CM 544: Teens and Media

CM 547: Gender, Identity, and Media

CM 545: Health and Media

CM 548: Media and Social Movements

Elective

Elective

 

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