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Media, Politics, & Society Minor

Media, Politics, and Society is an interdisciplinary minor is open to students in any major who are interested in the relationship and influence of mass media upon politics and society. The program consists of three required courses, including one experiential/internship course, and electives to be chosen from a list of recommended courses under the advisement of the program Coordinator.

Objectives:

The goals of the program are:
  • to provide students with the opportunity to critically analyze the influence of the mass media on politics, of politics on the media, and the impact on society
  • to assist students in the development of practical skills in at least one area of mass communication and political science through internships and/or experiential learning
  • to prepare students to be successful consumers of political information and engaged citizens
  • to prepare students for professions in mass communication and political science and related areas, for graduate study, and for advanced professional training

Coordinator

For additional information regarding this program or to declare a Minor in Media, Politics, & Society, please contact:

Dr. Jeanne Zaino, Political Science
JZaino@iona.edu
(914) 633-2252
Office location: 45 Beechmont Drive, 1st floor, Room 6

Iona College students of Media and Politics talk about the 2016 presidential election on WPIX Channel 11.

Media Politics & Society Minor

The Media, Politics and Society Minor is 15 credits total. Students must take 3 required courses (9 credits) as listed below and then choose 2 additional courses (6 credits) from the list of elective courses. The co-requisites of POL 201 and 203 should be taken in fulfillment of the college’s core requirements.
 
Co-requisites (2 courses, 6 credits)1
  • POL 201 – Introduction to American Government (3 credits)
  • POL 203 – Introduction to Global Politics (3 credits)
Required Courses (3 courses, 9 credits)
  • POL 327 – Politics & Media (3 credits)
  • MCO 432/CDS 1198 – Newsroom (3 credits)2
  • POL 483/484 – Political Communications Internship/Experiential Learning (3 credits)
Elective Courses (2 courses, 6 credits)
Choose 2 courses from the list below, both must be from a sub-group outside your major.

Subgroup 1: Mass Communications
  • MCO 225 – Broadcast Media (3 credits)
  • MCO 300 – Media, Law, & Ethics (3 credits)
  • MCO 317 – Public Opinion Dynamics (3 credits)
  • MCO 326 – Race and Gender in Mass Communications (3 credits)
  • MCO 327 – Digital Production: Studio/Field (3 credits)
  • MCO 329 – Radio Production (3 credits)
  • MCO 337 – On-Camera Presence, Voice, and Diction
  • MCO 350 – Writing for the Screen (3 credits)
  • MCO 428 – Digital  Production Workshop (3 credits)
  • MCO 430 – The Producers Craft (3 credits)
  • MCO 431 – Television Aesthetics & Criticism (3 credits)
  • MCO 432 – Broadcast Newsroom (3 credits)
Subgroup 2: Political Science
  • POL 320 – Congress (3 credits)
  • POL 323 – Civil Liberties (3 credits)
  • POL 325 – State and Local Politics (3 credits)
  • POL 328 – Federal Judiciary (3 credits)
  • POL 329 – Political Parties, Campaigns, & Elections (3 credits)
  • POL 331 – American Foreign Policy (3 credits)
  • POL 332 – Public Opinion and American Democracy (3 credits)
  • POL 336 – Contemporary American Politics (3 credits)
  • POL 341 – Comparative Politics: Western World (3 credits)
  • POL 347 – Comparative Politics: Developing World (3 credits)
  • POL 362 – International Relations (3 credits)
  • POL 383 – The Public Policy Process (3 credits)
  • POL 491 – Special Topics3 (3 credits)
Subgroup 3: Sociology
  • SOC 372 – Sociology of Popular Culture (3 credits)
  • SOC 413 – Mass Media and Society (3 credits)
Subgroup 4: Speech Communication Studies
  • SCS 332 – Problems in Media Communications (3 credits)
  • SCS 375 – Interviewing (3 credits)


1. As a co-req., these courses fill requirements for both the core curriculum and the Political Science major.
2. MCO majors taking MCO 432 in fulfillment of their major requirements will choose an additional course from the electives list. The course must be approved by the director of the minor and from a sub-group outside of Mass Communication.
3. Depending on relevance of topic and with approval of Politics/Minor Director.