MDS and Minors

About Our Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) Major and Minors

In today’s dynamic job market, students need strong communications 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.

About the College of Media 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 plus one College of Media shared minor or a minor outside the College.

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 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.

College of Media MDS Major Requirements

Multidisciplinary Studies majors earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Multidisciplinary Studies upon successful completion of the program.

To graduate, all College of Media MDS majors must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.
A breakdown of those hours specific to the College of Media MDS major is as follows:

CreditsMajor Requirements
38-45University General Education Curriculum (GEC) coursework
28Non-Media liberal arts requirements
3MDS Orientation Course
15College of Media minor #1
15College of Media minor #2
15Non-College of Media minor* or shared College minor #3
3MDS Capstone Course

Students must complete at least 15 unique credit hours for each of his/her three minors. Because courses can only be counted toward one minor, students must replace duplicate course requirements within their College of Media minors with Media Writing (JRL 215) and Media Law and Ethics (JRL 428).

In order to be accepted into the College of Media MDS program, students must have at least 29 completed earned hours and a 2.0 overall GPA.

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.

About Our Minors

Entertainment Media
Event Planning
Health Promotion
Interactive Media Design (shared with the College of Creative Arts)
Public Relations
Sport Communication (shared with the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences)
Strategic Social Media

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.

Students outside the College of Media may complete any of our minors as a complement to their major. WVU students majoring in fashion, dress 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. West Virginia University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

For More Information:

Casey Liston
MDS Coordinator