Academic Programs

At Ball State, Media majors have the best of both worlds. Our program is large enough to offer students a variety of experiences, equipment, and spaces while being small enough that you'll easily be able to get involved your first semester on campus. The curriculum is intentionally flexible so you can pursue your passion from day one or take some time to find a path that feels right for you. Our faculty members are industry professionals and scholars, but most importantly they are also experienced and engaged teachers. All of this is supported by an active alumni network that returns to campus, regularly recruits majors for jobs and internships, financially supports annual scholarships, and serves as a resource for current students and graduates launching their careers.

Check out our concentrations below. Or come see us and meet with a faculty member who'll answer your questions and show you around our studios and spaces. You can schedule an academic appointment with Media when you sign-up for a Ball State campus tour. Just have a quick question? Here's how to contact us.

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Media Production Concentration

Bachelor of Arts or Science

Our Production concentration teaches students to create content from pre-production through post-production using industry-standard practices, equipment, and facilities. You can take Media courses during your first year on campus and get access to equipment as a member of a production student organization. All experience levels are welcome. Learn more


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Multimedia and Broadcast Storytelling Concentration

Bachelor of Arts or Science

If you want to produce accurate and engaging news reports that uncover untold stories and strengthen communities, the Multimedia and Broadcast Storytelling concentration is the right place for you. In this concentration, you'll learn to create and deliver ethical and engaging news content that can be distributed across platforms. Learn more

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Media Promotion and Management Concentration

Bachelor of Arts or Science

This concentration is ideal for students who enjoy working with media but don’t want to be part of the production process. You’ll take courses in audiences and analytics, exhibition and distribution, media client management, media promotion, media campaigns, and promotion writing. You’ll customize your major by choosing from directed electives in Business, Communication Studies, Marketing, Strategic Communication, Public Relations, and Event Planning. Learn more

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Film and Media Studies Concentration

Bachelor of Arts or Science

This concentration is ideal for students who enjoy screening and analyzing media but don’t want to be part of the production process. You’ll take courses in film genres, television studies, world film history, controversy in media studies, emerging media and culture, history of documentary film, and special topics in film and media studies, as well as choosing from a series of directed electives in History, English, and Communication Studies. Learn more

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Sports Production Concentration

Bachelor of Arts or Science

Sports Production students choose from one of two paths: Sports Link or Esports. Both concentrations teach students to create content from pre-production through post-production using industry-standard practices, equipment, and facilities. You can take Media courses during your first year on campus and get access to equipment as a member of a production student organization, or through the Sports Link and Esports co-curriculars.

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Sports Reporting Concentration

Bachelor of Arts or Science

If sports broadcast journalism is your passion, your place is our Sports Reporting concentration. You'll take classes in sports content creation, sports media and strategic communication, video, news editing, broadcast news and sports writing, podcasts/play-by-play/presentation, and others. And you can join NewsLink Indiana Sports, the sports arm of our student-run nightly newscast, as a reporter, anchor, producer, or more.

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Media Master’s Degree

Master of Arts

Go a step further with our Media master’s degree. Our master's program empowers students to craft compelling stories that fully engage audiences and influence their world. Accelerated Master's Program available. Learn more.

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Media Minor

A Media minor from Ball State will give you a foundational understanding of how media operates in American culture, how stories are crafted, what laws govern media makers, and what responsible content creation looks like. Learn more.

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Minor in Film and Screenwriting

If you love the foundational magic that makes movies happen—a well-written script—and want to learn how to become part of that magic, then Ball State’s minor in film and screenwriting—offered jointly by Media and English—is a great choice. Learn more.

Minor in Media Promotion and Management

Minor in Media Promotion and Management

Prepare yourself for a world connected by media. The Media Promotion and Management Minor is for students interested in the business side of media: how audiences are identified, how content is created for those audiences, and how it’s promoted and distributed across platforms. Learn more.

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Minor in Sports Studies

In addition to grounding you in sports writing and specialty reporting, our minor in sports studies—offered jointly by Media and SJSC—will equip you to understand other aspects of the sports media industries and prepare you for a career in sports broadcasting, sports reporting, or sports promotions. Learn more.