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St. Scholastica’s well-crafted, dynamic media studies minor focuses on intellectual theory as well as hands-on application. You will learn about social research and the creative writing process, and you’ll gain a new understanding of the media’s power to influence societies and individuals.

At the same time, you will be able to use the latest media technology to gain experience in many aspects of on- and off-camera production, both in studio and in the field. For further experiential learning opportunities, you can pursue an internship at a local TV or radio station or performing arts or studio arts communities.

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Program Requirements

Minor: 20 credits

Here are some classes you could take as part of this minor. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.


CTA 1114 – Media Literacy

Analyzes the relationship between media and society through the interaction of technology, business, audiences, culture and government. Through lecture, discussion, field trips and other in-class activities, the course reviews the history and theories of mass communication as they relate to specific media.

CTA 2214 – Writing for Mass Media

Introduces students to the fundamentals of media writing, as well as to increase students’ knowledge of local, national, and international current events. The emphasis of this course is placed upon writing in a variety of formats under deadline. Specific attention is focused on print news reports, feature stories, media reviews, radio newscasts, press releases, advertising copy, and lateral reporting for the Web.

CTA 2307 – Digital Photography

Introduces digital image making. Students work with digital SLR cameras and the latest photographic software to produce an entirely digital portfolio. Composition and visual aesthetics are emphasized. Digital SLR cameras are provided by the school.

CTA 2514 – Media Production: Studio

Introduces the basic concepts of postmodern media production and networking with an emphasis on creative digital media. The course provides an examination of past, present, and future trends in media production and the development of a postmodern digital media workflow. The latest trends and debates in the field of digital media are explored, including social networking and the latest methods of generating, editing, and syndicating various digital media (text, audio, video, and photo). Other topics include digital radio, iPods and podcasting, the growth of Google and YouTube, social network syndication, cable and Internet advertising. Students develop a working knowledge of practical principles that will be useful for a career in the electronic media, with an emphasis on creating new digital media content in a studio lab environment.

CTA 2525 – The Media, Race and Gender

Introduces students to mass-mediated representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality. We survey historically and/or culturally significant artifacts in this course in order to interpret evolving representations.

CTA 2850 – Media Theory and Research

Introduces students to media theory and research. The course engages students in the processes of thinking theoretically and researching effectively. The course introduces research tools associated with both the humanities and social sciences.

CTA 3307 – Photojournalism

Emphasizes the principles and practices of photography for newspaper and magazine publication. Composition, newsworthiness, impact, as well as camera handling, exposure, lighting, darkroom techniques and digital photography will be covered.

CTA 3999 – Independent Study

Independent Study.

CTA 4414 – Media Criticism

Applies a variety of critical-theoretical perspectives to consider issues of media production, texts and audiences. Prerequisite: CTA 1114 or consent of instructor.

CTA 4417 – Mass Media Law and Ethics

Studies first Amendment rights, government regulation, Supreme Court decisions and ethical standards and conflicts are analyzed. Case studies address libel, privacy, regulation, and ethical issues. Prerequisite: CTA 1114 or consent of instructor.

CTA 4999 – Independent Study

Individual research or production projects are chosen by the student and approved by instructor. May be taken twice for credit, each time in a different area. Pre-requisite: At least one academic or production course in chosen area.


Work-study and internship/practicum credits are available in the St. Scholastica and local media communities. Duluth is home to a thriving community including local affiliates of all the major television and radio networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox). Media production often intersects with the performing and studio arts communities, which are also thriving in Duluth (The Duluth Playhouse, Duluth Film Collective, Duluth MakerSpace, etc.) Many internship opportunities are available.

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