Undergraduate Bulletin

Fall 2019 Bulletin

Requirements for the Minor in Media Arts (MDA)

All core courses must be taken at Stony Brook University. At least one 3-credit 300-level or above elective course must be taken at Stony Brook University. No more than two courses applied to the minor can count toward the student’s major or other minor. No more than one elective course in the minor may be taken under the Pass/No Credit option; all other courses required for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher with the exception of MDA/THR 488, which is S/U. (Note: The P/NC option carries financial implications. All students should check with their financial aid advisor before choosing this option.) 

Declaration of the Minor

The MDA minor is open to all undergraduate students and takes approximately 4 semesters (fall/spring) to complete and students are encouraged to declare before the start of their sophomore year but no later than the first semester of their junior year depending on target date of graduation. Students should consult with the Faculty Director as soon as possible and plan their course of study for fulfillment of their degree requirements.

Completion of the minor requires 21 credits.

A. Required Courses:

  • MDA/THR 117 Media: Analysis and Culture
  • MDA/THR 277 The Media Industry

One of the following courses:

B. Students must complete 12 credits of electives of which at least 6 credits must be 300 or higher.

  • AAS 222 Indian Cinema
  • ARH 207 Technologies of Representation
  • ARH 336 Digital/Visual Culture
  • ARH 345 The Moving Image
  • ARS 225 Intro to the Digital Arts
  • ARS 281 Photography I
  • BUS 334 Consumer Advertising
  • BUS 348 Principles of Marketing
  • CCS 202 Film Genres
  • CCS 205 Cinema History 19th century
  • CCS 206 Cinema History
  • CCS 311 Gender and Genre in Film
  • CCS 313 Television Studies
  • CDT 208 Intro to Media Technology
  • CDT 318 Movie Making
  • CLT 335 Interdisciplinary Study of Film
  • DIA 207 Digital Media History
  • DIA 396 Video/Computer Game History
  • EGL 100 Computer Literacy
  • EGL 194 Intro to Film
  • EGL 220 Critical Approaches to the Cinema
  • EST 201 Technology and Trends in Society
  • HUG 211 German Cinema
  • HUI 211 French Cinema
  • HUI 231 Sex and Politics in Italian Cinema
  • HUI 338 Italian Americans in Film
  • HUR 241 Russian Cinema
  • HUS 290 Latin American Cinema (formerly offered as HUS 390)
  • JRN 101/103 News Literacy
  • JRN 108 History/Future of Press
  • JRN 220 Media Law and Ethics
  • JRN 301 The Business of News
  • MUS 109 Rock Music
  • MUS 300 Music Technology
  • POL 367 Mass Media in American Politics
  • SOC 315 Sociology of Technology
  • SOC 330 Media and Sociology
  • THR 103 Theatre and Technology
  • THR 110 Public Speaking
  • THR 216 Intro to Visual Interpretation
  • THR 230 Voice
  • THR 246 Stage Lighting
  • THR 298 Student Media Leadership
  • THR 403 Media Theory and Criticism
  • THR 480 and THR 488 (if not used to fulfill core category)


1. No more than six credits required for the Media Arts minor may be counted toward the theatre arts major.
2. No more than a total of six credits from THR 480 and 488 may be applied to the minor.
3. No more than six credits from MDA/THR 480 and 488 may be applied to the minor.