Media Studies

Dear students,

If you have arrived here searching for information for the new major or concentration in Film and Media Studies please note that we are in the midst of updating our website. We hope to have it up and running soon, but in the meantime please contact Colin Wells at or Bjorn Nordfjord at if you have any questions about the program.

St. Olaf’s media studies concentration promotes media literacy as it examines the powerful influence of the mass media on our society. Students who concentrate in media studies learn to be critical consumers and ethical creators of media products and services.

Media concentrators at St. Olaf gain:

  • An interdisciplinary perspective: Taught from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, the courses survey the history of the mass media, the dominant theories and practices that shape the media, and the effects of the mass media on individuals and groups.
  • Real-world experience: Internships are an essential component of the media studies concentration, and all students complete off-campus internships in a corporate, journalistic, or artistic setting. Students work through St. Olaf’s Piper Center for Vocation and Career to set up learning opportunities in a variety of media-related professions, including film, television, video, internet, radio, newspapers, magazines, book publishing, public relations, marketing, advertising, and graphic design.
  • Prepare for your future: All media studies concentrators create a digital portfolio that showcases their work and expertise. Building a portfolio helps students prepare for careers in a wide range of fields and gives them a leg up as they enter the workforce.

St. Olaf media studies graduates end up in a variety of fields, from brand marketing to higher education. Regardless of their career paths, students graduate with the ability to promote media literacy and help others make informed, ethically grounded media choices.