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  • B.S. in Media Studies: Journalism

    Build a foundation in writing and reporting skills, as well as journalism ethics and legal issues
    Add real-world experience to your portfolio by writing for Mercy's award-winning student newspaper and with internships in New York City.
    Degree:
    B.S.
    School:
    School of Liberal Arts
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry
    Credits:
    120

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Media Studies: Journalism B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements 60 Credits
Major Concentration
Media Studies 48 Credits
Open Electives 12 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who choose the major concentration in Media Studies with concentration in Journalism must complete:

  • MEDA 134 The Feature Article I
  • MEDA 145 Media in America
  • MEDA 399 Internship in Media Studies

Concentration Requirements

  • MEDA 130 News Reporting I
  • MEDA 232 News Reporting II
  • MEDA 234 The Feature Article II
  • MEDA 222 Newspaper Publication Pract
  • MEDA 333 Newspaper Publication Pract II

Additional Requirements

Students in this major must complete 6 credits selected from the following:

  • MEDA 132 Copy Editing & Graphics
  • MEDA/ COMM 154 Publicity Writing
  • MEDA 240 Mag Editing/Production
  • MEDA 251 Sports Reporting
  • MEDA 252 The Practice of Public Relations
  • MEDA 255 Creative Advertising
  • MEDA 261 Media and the Law
  • MEDA 275 Photojournalism
  • MEDA 295 Topics in Media Studies
  • MEDA 230 Entertainment Writing
  • MEDA 345 Writing for the Digital Media
  • MEDA 387 Challenges in American Journalism
  • MEDA 397 Independent Study in Media

Students in this major must complete 12 credits in a concentration of Media Studies offerings numbered from MEDA 110-499 chosen in conjunction while the program head and six credits in mjor electives (or major English courses numbered 200 or above). 

There is an 18-credit residency requirement in the major of Media Studies.

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How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Do writers earn good salaries?
Writer can earn a competitive salary. Much depends on market, full-time or part-time status, and writing capability.
Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
Are internships available?
Yes. They're required and count as credit in all three concentrations in the major.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.
Why should I go to Mercy for journalism?
You’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice here what you might not elsewhere, including writing in a variety of writing styles. Complete semesters are spent in individual areas such as news reporting, feature article writing, enterprise writing, web writing, and magazine writing just to name a few. Students in this concentration produce a newspaper called The Impact. This award winning newspaper, which is distributed to the entire college community and available on line at theimpactnews.com enables its student writers to build a portfolio, a useful tool when interviewing for a job as a writer.
Can I go into another media-related field with the skills that I've acquired from this concentration?
Yes. Writers are needed in television, radio, and film. Corporations also need qualified writers to develop newsletters, annual reports, and other in-house publications.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
Are there writing jobs?
Over 53 percent of the program's graduates got jobs immediately after graduation. These graduates work at Time, Inc., Wiley Educational Publishing, Christian Science Monitor, Gannett Newspapers, and The Rivertowns Enterprise.
Marc Palmieri Instructor, Communication Studies
Richard Medoff Associate Professor, Speech Director, General Education
Louis Grasso Assistant Professor, Media Studies

Media Studies: Journalism Overview

Journalism's primary obligation is to truth, revealing information to help us make decisions about our lives. 

Mercy College offers innovative and challenging courses for students pursuing careers in newspapers, magazines, television, radio, public relations and corporate communications. 

Media Studies offers over 50 courses divided into three specializations - Film/Culture, Journalism, and Radio and Television Production. The Media Studies program is designed for the student who works well in a communal environment and is interested in sharing ideas to facilitate a creative experience. The Journalism program enables students to acquire technical, creative, critical, and communication skills necessary for work in media-related industries through professionally-oriented workshops, internship experiences, and college-wide media activities such as the school newspaper, television production shop, and drama club.

Media Studies: Journalism FAQS

Why should I go to Mercy for journalism?
You’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice here what you might not elsewhere, including writing in a variety of writing styles. Complete semesters are spent in individual areas such as news reporting, feature article writing, enterprise writing, web writing, and magazine writing just to name a few. Students in this concentration produce a newspaper called The Impact. This award winning newspaper, which is distributed to the entire college community and available on line at theimpactnews.com enables its student writers to build a portfolio, a useful tool when interviewing for a job as a writer.
Do writers earn good salaries?
Writer can earn a competitive salary. Much depends on market, full-time or part-time status, and writing capability.
Major to Career Map for Media Studies
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Learn how Media Studies can lead to a career. 

Meet Louis Grasso, Assistant Professor, Media Studies

Learn more about his story and explore Media Studies at Mercy College.

Media Studies: Journalism Fast Facts

  • Award winning newspaper for two consecutive years
  • Produces 2500 issues of a monthly newspaper to its five campus locations
  • Available online: http://theimpactnews.com/
  • Newspaper office equipped with Macintosh and PC platforms for writing and copy editing
  • Academically qualified faculty with private sector experience

Career Opportunities

Representative career opportunities include: news reporter, sports reporter, news editor, copy editor, feature writer, freelance writer, non-fiction novelist, magazine writer, entertainment critic, public relations writer, and media relations specialists.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Develop appropriate creative, technical, and communication skills necessary for work in media related fields
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for careers in their chosen fields
  • Use media technology to communicate and present material as per their major
  • Create personal and social presentations in their chosen media
  • Find ready employment in their chosen fields or continue onto advance study