Jun 25, 2024  
Permanent Working Catalog (Spring 2025 Draft In Progress) 
Permanent Working Catalog (Spring 2025 Draft In Progress)

Media Studies

This area is in the School of Design and Communication  within the COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS AND COMMUNICATION .

Media Studies

Alex Ingersoll, Area Coordinator
Office: CAC 309
Email: aingerso@uwsp.edu
Web: https://www3.uwsp.edu/schoolofdesign/Pages/major/Media-Studies.aspx

Faculty: C Elza, L Fakazis, A Ingersoll, K Obsatz, K Wilz

Definition: The Media Studies major at UW-Stevens Point offers a forward-thinking curriculum giving students the knowledge, skills, and experience(s) they need to engage critically with media content and technologies by using media history, theory, aesthetics and criticism to inform their production practices. This approach, in which classrooms become sites for engaged inquiries that extend connections between culture and technology, has been termed “critical making.”

Academic Standards for Media Studies

Retention and Graduation

  1. In order to graduate with a major or minor in media studies, you must achieve a 2.50 GPA in all communication classes taken, regardless of a declaration of academic forgiveness.
  2. Once you complete 12 credits toward your media studies major (excluding 101), you must maintain a 2.50 GPA for your major coursework. If your media studies major GPA falls below a 2.50, you will be placed on probation for one semester. If you fail to regain a 2.50 GPA after the next semester in which you complete a media studies course, you will be dismissed from the major.
  3. Courses with a grade below C- DO NOT fulfill the major or minor requirements, but are included in the calculation of the major or minor GPA. See the Grade-related Policies section of this catalog for the policy on repeating courses.
  4. Transfer credit policy: Certain courses taken at other universities may substitute for courses in the major. Credits from these courses will be counted when calculating your GPA in media studies.

Test-out, Credit-by-Exam, and Retroactive Credit Policy

If you think you qualify for the above, contact the Media Studies Area coordinator who will determine whether the exam will be for test-out, credit-by-exam, and/or retroactive credit. A designated instructor will administer a written exam that evaluates your level of ability with the content of the course. A grade of B or better will qualify for test-out.

Courses that involve applied skills and/or oral performance may also require a second performance evaluation if you score well enough on the written exam.



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