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Media Studies, Bachelor

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Sioux Center, IA, United States
Media studies analyzes the collection, production, and spread of ideas within the context of an increasingly media-rich world. The Media Studies program of Augustana University also explores the social, historical, political, and cultural aspects of the media, while developing an understanding of its aesthetics, production, and social influence.
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Why should I major in media studies at Augustana?

Media Studies is increasingly important given that contemporary public influence takes place primarily in media contexts. Over the last decade, we have seen technology allow a seamless merger between print, radio, television, and other mediums. We have also seen the rise of social media and Internet based traditional media.

This technology has not only changed the delivery of messages but the content as well. Communication professionals today must be able to understand the types and processes of influence within, as well as the cultural insight that can be gained from new media communication so they can be effective analysts, producers, and consumers of such communication. This understanding is centered on the study of texts, audience, and production.

Further, a deep understanding of new media processes is important for effective citizenship in a digital age where students will face countless opportunities to consume, interpret and create media messages. Their knowledge and skill in this area will have lasting impacts upon the ethics and effects of media as well as the world at large.


Core courses in the Media Studies program of Augustana University will prepare students to succeed, regardless of how the latest media technology develops. Graduates will be well suited for graduate school as well as a variety of careers in film, television, radio, public relations/advertising, marketing, journalism, and more.

As a media studies major you will:

  • Become a well-informed and ethical media analyst, producer, consumer, and critic
  • Experiment with a wide range of mediums including photography, audio, video, etc.
  • Learn the history of relevant theories about the media
  • Explore the ways media reflects, infuses, and influences communication and culture
  • Hear a variety of critical, sociological, and historical perspectives on old and new media
  • Be assigned courses, projects, and internship opportunities that enable students to develop skills at producing mediated messages

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • Persuasion
  • Communication Research
  • Media and Society
  • New Media
  • History of Electronic Media

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.7

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.7 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Apply online using the Augustana online application form or using the Common Application.
  • All secondary and post-secondary transcripts and/or national exam scores.
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher or professor.
  • A Personal Statement (250 words minimum) describing a significant challenge you have overcome.
  • College Preparation Test Scores and/or English Language Test Scores from one or more of the following tests: ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test, PTE, IKEN, TEC CBT, ELS Language Center's.
  • Financial Statement showing sufficient resources to support yourself for one academic year.
  • Completed International Student Financial Ability Form.
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33430 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33430 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    33430 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33430 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Sioux Center

  • 1188 - 1850 USD/month
    Living Costs

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