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Top Schools for Media Studies

Read about the top schools for media studies, including those that offer undergraduate and graduate programs in cinema studies, comparative media or cultural studies. Find key details about four of the leading programs, as well as a list that summarizes what's available at other schools around the country that offer degrees in media studies.

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Students enrolled in media studies programs learn about broadcast, digital and other forms of communication, as well as how different types of media can affect the ways we interpret news and events. Programs in this field are available at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

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School Information

The four noteworthy schools profiled below include two liberal arts colleges, a renowned school of technology and a graduate university. Both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Carleton College offer undergraduate programs; students at MIT and Claremont Graduate University can earn graduate degrees in media studies. Each of these schools offers a wide-ranging program that covers many topics within the broad field of media studies, including film, radio and TV.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA

School highlight: Students have the opportunity to assist in MIT's research groups.

MIT offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in comparative media studies. Students in the comparative media studies program take classes in TV, film, game design, digital art and other interactive media.

Carleton College in Northfield, MN

School highlight: Students regularly present their films to audiences on the big screen in the 250-seat cinema in the Weitz Center for Creativity.

The cinema and media studies program at Carleton College offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that focuses on the historical and contemporary elements of vision and sound. Course topics include a study of digital foundations and the history of film.

Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA

School highlight: Undergraduates can pursue an accelerated BA/MA degree.

Through the Intercollegiate Media Studies Program of the Claremont Colleges, students can pursue master's and doctoral programs in cultural studies with a concentration in media studies. Core coursework includes topics in theory and criticism, film and research methods.

Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA

School Highlight: Students can work on the school's station, CCC Radio.

At Cedar Crest College, media studies majors can choose from a wide variety of courses in topics such as film, intercultural communication, digital photography and propaganda. Prior to graduation, they must complete a capstone project, in the form of either a research thesis or a professional project.

Top Media Studies Programs

Here are some more schools with strong media studies programs:

  • Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH offers a major and minor in film and media studies.
  • Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD hosts an annual independent film festival.
  • At Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, student internships are available at major television networks.
  • At the University of California, Berkeley, the media studies program is interdisciplinary.
  • At the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the Institute of Communications Research attracts students from all over the world.
  • Notable alumni of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville include Katie Couric, a journalist and media personality.

For students who are interested in the interdisciplinary field of media studies, wide-ranging undergraduate and graduate-level programs provide excellent training. Students in these programs can gain experience through internships and the creation of media projects.

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