Sep 25, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Media Production and Leadership Major, B.S.

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Department of Journalism and Media Production  

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences  

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person  

About the Program

Students pursuing the B.S. degree in Media Production and Leadership are exposed to a variety of methods for leading others towards implementing media technology ethically, to better communicate with audiences. Today, professional communicators who want to change corporate culture and society using information and entertainment need to rely on a team of technical experts in writing; audio and video production; and web design to maximize the effectiveness and results of media related projects. The Media Production and Leadership degree teaches students to engage in this growing field and become effective leaders.

Students in all JMP programs are expected to demonstrate common industry standards such as active participation, professional conduct, academic integrity, and adherence to deadlines.

Student Outcomes

  • Apply industry standard pre-production, production and post-production processes   
  • Develop successful strategies for delivering content to an audience  
  • Analyze ethical and legal considerations in media production  
  • Define and articulate complex technical details of a media production to a broad audience  
  • Evaluate media productions for measures of success and areas to improve 

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • A grade of C- or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. 
  • A minor is required for this program. 

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.  

  • Written Communication (6 credits) 
  • Oral Communication (3 credits) 
  • Quantitative Literacy (3 credits) 
  • Arts and Humanities (6 credits) 
  • Historical (3 credits) 
  • Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Global Diversity (0 or 3 credits**)


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. 

Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

  • Students should consult the Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Graduation Requirement  for a list of courses that fulfill the ESSJ Requirement for degree completion.  
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement. 

Department Core: 12 credits

All Journalism and Media Production majors begin with the following courses:

Major Electives: 3 credits

Students complete the major with three credit hours of electives. Any JMP course is an acceptable elective, but the following list is particularly suited to the degree.

Senior Experience: 3 credits

Students finish the degree with the approved Senior Experience course.

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
ESSJ Requirement 0-3 credits
Department Core 12 credits
Major Requirements 24 credits
Major Electives 3 credits
Senior Experience 3 credits
Minor and Unrestricted Electives 42-45 credits
Total for the Media Production and Leadership Major, B.S. 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and ESSJ requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.

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