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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.

With an 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

About the MDS Major

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 of 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 cumulative 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:

Credits Major Requirements
35-44 University General Education Curriculum (GEC) coursework
3 MDS Orientation Course
15-18 College of Media minor or shared College minor #1
15-18 College of Media minor or shared College minor #2
15-18 Non-College of Media minor or shared College minor #3
3 MDS Capstone Course
TBD 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.

Contact Our MDS Program Coordinator
Casey Liston

Casey Liston


About the MDS 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 Arts
2 Sport Communication is shared with the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences

Get Involved

The WVU 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.