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Global Media

Bachelor of Arts

Prepare for a career working with NGOs, think tanks and government agencies by critically evaluating relationships among media, the public and policy makers.


How do various forms of media connect the global community to the challenges of the day, including climate change, poverty, inequality, the pandemic, political discord and record numbers of refugees?

Explore these questions and more alongside faculty who have worked with news media agencies and other organizations around the world. You will have the opportunity to build analytical skills, coupled with conceptual knowledge of real-time and emerging issues like digital inequity, surveillance, censorship and propaganda. Your studies will focus on political, cultural, social and economic influences on global media through a broad selection of courses.

Building a deep professional knowledge of the wide range of influences on media will prepare you to engage with and meet the grand challenges of our time. You will graduate equipped to step into jobs in nonprofit organizations, think tanks, government, politics, intergovernmental agencies and other entities that require sophisticated writing, analytical, verbal and research skills.

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Career Level: Undergraduate
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
College: College of Social And Behavioral Sciences

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $500
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

The core curriculum for this degree program includes:

  • GLO 101: Principles of Global Media – Explore how the news media around the world shapes political, social and cultural conversations in societies and encourage governments to be transparent and accountable to citizens.
  • GLO 201: Visual Journalism – Examine the history of visual journalism through the medium of documentary photography from its origins in the 1800s to the present-day digital revolution in multimedia production and data visualization around the world.
  • GLO 301: Media, Cultures, & Societies – Explore historical and contemporary perspectives on the concepts of power, globalization, networked societies and diffusion of cultural values through various forms of media and how these factors influence news media reporting, digital ecosystems, discourse and communities around the world.
  • GLO 535: Global Media Ethics & Diversity – Explore ethics questions related to cultural bias, political and economic pressure, diverse representation, accuracy, privacy, national security and other pressures on news media.
  • GLO 404: Freedom of Expression & the Right to Information – Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of association and movement, and rights to public information among other rights are explored in global, regional and country contexts.
  • GLO 460: Disinformation & Information Security in a Global Media Context – Explore concepts of disinformation and propaganda in cases around the world. Also covered are the spread of online disinformation, the growing issue of information security in open and closed media ecosystems and ways to verify and authenticate information.

Students in this program may also take electives including:

  • Media & Global Terrorism – Investigate the history and coverage of acts of state and nonstate terror, the interplay between terrorism and societies around the world and media content about acts of terror.
  • Digital Communications Law – Examine the law of digital communications, including freedom of expression and information online, cybersecurity, surveillance, intellectual property, cooperation/collaboration, libel, privacy, hate speech and regulatory mechanisms. 
  • Media, Public Health and Medicine – Analyze how misinformation, disinformation, propaganda and cultural cognition influence science and medical news, creating a knowledge gap between the public and our scientific and medical experts.
  • Social Movement Media in a Global Context – Survey the history and functions of social justice media from the 19th century abolition movement to today’s online forms of global social justice journalism. In this course, you'll consider the theoretical and practical frameworks of social justice media, which serve a swathe of social movements involving human and civil rights, education, labor, immigration, globalization, feminism, environmentalism, ethnic and racial equality, transgender rights and global inequity.
  • Media in the Middle East and North Africa – Gain an understanding of the challenges that media professionals face when reporting on a region with competing narratives, authoritarian regimes, citizen resistance, extremist movements and sporadic or ongoing conflict. This course provides students with an in-depth exploration of regional media organizations as both agents of social change and as reflections of their sociocultural, economic and political environments.
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Earning your Bachelor of Arts in Global Media will build core skills, including:

  • analytical thinking
  • critical thinking
  • cultural understanding
  • decision making
  • digital information use
  • intercultural communication
  • media literacy
  • problem solving
  • public speaking
  • research
  • social awareness
  • writing and communication

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