Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) Majors and Minors
In today’s dynamic job market, students need strong communication skills to give
them a competitive edge. The
WVU Reed College of Media offers a number of academic minors in media
and professional communications that can supplement existing coursework or
be combined into a single Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) major.
MDS major, you can find careers in …
- Social Media Management
- Interactive Media Development
- Arts and Entertainment Promotions
- Community Relations
- Sports Media Relations
- Events and Convention Planning
- Health Care Communications
The College of Media’s
MDS major allows students with an interest in specific media careers
the opportunity to build a customized course of study that aligns with their
goals. Through hands-on courses, students in this major will gain professional
skills that are relevant to today’s – and tomorrow’s – media industry.
College of Media
MDS majors complete at least two College of Media minors (or shared
College minors), plus one minor outside the College (or a shared College minor).
The minors are designed to be completed online, therefore many of the courses
are only available online and sometimes must be taken during summer terms (additional
online course fees may apply).
The program allows students to customize their major based on their interests
and career goals. For example, a student wanting to pursue a career in political
public relations can select minors in Public Relations and Strategic Social
Media (both in the College of Media), as well as Political Science (outside
the College). Someone interested in a career in interactive media development
could choose minors in Interactive Media Design and Advertising (both in the
College), as well as Electronic Media (outside the College).
But the choice is yours. There are no set paths or tracks. As a College of Media
MDS major, you choose the minors that will best suit you.
MDS Major Requirements
In order to be accepted into the College of Media
MDS program, students must have at least 29 completed earned hours and
a 2.5 overall
GPA. Students with an overall
GPA less than 2.5 may be accepted into the program after completion
JRL 215 with a grade of C- or higher, and an overall
GPA greater than or equal to 2.0.
To graduate, all College of Media
MDS majors must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours and have a minimum
GPA of 2.0. Multidisciplinary Studies majors earn a Bachelor of Arts
(B.A.) in Multidisciplinary Studies upon successful completion of the program.
A breakdown of those hours specific to the College of Media
MDS major is as follows:
||University General Education Curriculum (GEC) coursework
MDS Orientation Course
||College of Media minor or shared College minor #1
||College of Media minor or shared College minor #2
||Non-College of Media minor or shared College minor #3
MDS Capstone Course
||Optional fourth minor and/or electives as needed to reach 120 credits
Students must complete unique credit hours for each of his/her three minors.
Because courses can only be counted toward one minor, students may replace
duplicate course requirements within their College of Media minors with College
of Media core courses (JRL 215 Media Writing,
JRL 225 Media Tools & Applications, and
JRL 428 Media Ethics & Law).
To view a worksheet outlining all of the College of Media
MDS requirements and details,
please click here for the Advisor’s Checklist.
Wondering about your course schedule?
Current students should refer to
Degree Works to determine their scheduling needs.
Future students can refer to the
WVU Undergraduate Catalog for the major requirements and sample schedule.
MDS Program Coordinator
About the Minors
Students outside the College of Media may complete any of our minors as a complement
to their major.
WVU students majoring in fashion, design and merchandising, marketing,
business administration, communication studies, graphic design, nursing and
sport management regularly enroll in College of Media minors along with students
from many other majors across campus.
Most College of Media minors can be completed in one calendar year by starting
in the fall and finishing in the summer. Some minors may require online course
enrollment during summer terms to complete (additional online course fees
may apply). Students should check with their advisor about individual minor
requirements and expected course availabilities.
All minors except for Interactive Media Design and Journalism can be
completed entirely online. Even in the online minors, students still
have the option of taking some of the courses on campus.
1 Interactive Media Design is shared with the College of Creative
2 Sport Communication is shared with the College of Physical Activity
and Sport Sciences
Reed College of Media hosts a variety of student organizations.
These clubs offer students opportunities to engage in University activities
and connect with other students and professionals nationwide. Students
travel to conferences, visit top news agencies and firms, organize and
participate in campus events, and network with alumni and industry leaders.
We Are Accredited
The College of Media’s undergraduate programs are fully accredited by the
Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.
West Virginia University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.