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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 (or shared College minors), plus one minor outside the College (or a shared College minor).

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.

College of Media 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:

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

Current students should refer to Degree Works to determine their scheduling needs. Future students should consult with the MDS Coordinator for the major requirements and sample schedule.

To view a worksheet outlining all of the College of Media MDS requirements and details, please click here for the Advisor's Checklist.

For more information on our MDS major, please contact:

Casey Liston
MDS Coordinator
Martin Hall, Office 104D

About Our 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. Students should check with their advisor about individual minor requirements and expected course availabilities.

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.

Last updated June 23, 2015

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