Media Studies Concentration

About the Program

The primary purpose of Media Studies is to promote media literacy and encourage students to become informed and engaged digital citizens, whose media use and creation reflects not just market forces but the development of a civil society. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary concentration in Media Studies in a liberal arts context take courses that survey the history of the mass media, the dominant theories and practices that shape media representation, and the effects of the mass media on individuals and groups. Media Studies courses are taught from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and are united by the assumption that informed media users are better able to exercise ethical judgment in determining which media are best for themselves, their families and communities, and society in general.

What are Media Studies Alumni Doing?

Catherine Monson ’12

I currently work as a copywriter for Simon & Schuster in the advertising and promotion department… I chose to go into publishing because it combines three of my favorite things: reading, writing, and editing! (read more)

Claire Carlson ’12

I currently work as a media relations specialist within the Global Communications department at Ecolab… The nature of the work is that every day is different, and this variety is exciting and refreshing. (read more)

Molly Moon ’12

I work as an Integrated Communications Planning Associate at General Mills. It is an exciting position because it is rotational throughout different marketing specialties within Genreal Mills. (read more)


Isabelle Wattenberg ’12

I work as a researcher and writer for the Labor Arbitration Institute, a company that provides continuing legal education courses for labor, management and attorneys… The position plays to my strengths in research and writing. (read more)

Natalie Neal ’10

As a program manager and marketing specialist in the meetings, incentives and events department at CTS, I plan group travel programs for corporate clients…. I didn’t know this career existed when I was in college. (read more)

Peter Gloviczki ’06

I recently completed my PhD in mass communication at the University of Minnesota… I love teaching and researching about the media because it is changing right before our eyes. (read more)


Tom Niemisto ’08

 I work for American Public Media’s Performance Today segment. My role as producer is largely behind the scenes work to ensure smooth production of the show and creating special features that highlight the best of classical music today. On any day that might involve programming music, writing scripts for broadcast, editing audio, and coordinating interviews. (read more)

Trent Chaffee ’09

As a Project Administrator in Marketing at BI WORLDWIDE, I manage the development of marketing materials and client portfolios our US and Canadian sales fields… Overall, I love my job! (read more)

Samantha Mehrotra ’09

I currently work as a B2B Account Executive for Kohnstamm Communications in St. Paul, Minn. As an Account Executive, I work with a variety of agency accounts and assist our team with communications projects. No day is quite like the other. (read more)