Media Studies

Follow your passion for Media Studies

Media Studies majors have something to say. Whether it be through a film, documentary, newscast, commercial, live sports broadcast or animation, Loras Media Studies students seek to bring their creative, storytelling talents to the world. Quite literally. Our students consistently travel the globe creating films and reports everywhere from the Caribbean to Europe and Asia, winning more awards than any other college or university in Iowa by a large margin.

You simply will not find another small college that offers more quality, breadth and depth of study in the media field. We prioritize our students’ opportunities to learn on day one and set the bar high, challenging you to push further than you’ve dreamed. If you have something to say, and want to perfect its delivery, the Media Studies program at Loras is the right choice for you.

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STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES & MEDIA

Learn more about the Loras Media Studies program, internship opportunities and preview some great work our students have done.

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LCTV – STATION OF THE YEAR

LCTV is the Iowa College Media Association’s “Station of the Year” for the 6th straight year!

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WHY A LORAS COLLEGE MEDIA STUDIES MAJOR

You will simply NOT find another small college that offers more quality, breadth and depth of study in the media field.

LORAS COLLEGE MEDIA STUDIES

We prioritize our students’ opportunities to learn BY DOING on day 1, NOT year 3 or 4. We set the bar high and challenge you to push further than you’ve dreamed and that’s why Loras students succeed.

Media Studies majors have something to say. Whether it be through a film, documentary, newscast, commercial, live sports broadcast, or an animation…Loras Media Studies students seek to bring their creative, storytelling talents to the world. Quite literally. Consider that in just the past few years, we’ve:

  • Produced documentary films in China and Germany
  • Made a travel show in Paris and throughout northern France
  • Consistently won Best Newscast and Best Sportscast amongst all colleges/universities in Iowa
  • Created a powerful educational film in Haiti
  • Written and directed narrative short films on the Gulf Coast
  • Reported on the impact of service from Honduras
  • Won more broadcast journalism awards than any other college/university in Iowa by a wide margin
  • Covered Presidential inaugurations in Washington, D.C.
  • And so much more!

HALLMARKS OF OUR PROGRAM

  • Extremely high job placement rate
  • Proven track record of success
  • Innovative curriculum
  • Hands on, experiential learning
  • Award-winning faculty
  • Breadth and depth of learning experiences other colleges can’t match
  • Tremendous internships
  • State of the art facilities, including Digital Media Lab and HD studio
  • Creative, critical thinking development
  • Consistently the most award-winning program in the state

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Major Requirements
Division of Communication & Fine Arts
Mary Carol Harris, Ph.D., ChairA major in Media Studies consists of six credit hours in a common core (L.COM-131 and L.COM-485) combined with the requirements of the major program.Requirements for the major in Media Studies (B.A.):
A 2.25 grade point is required in L.COM-225 for all Media Studies majors. A minimum of a 2.0 grade must be received in the core courses for the major (L.COM-131, and L.COM-485). A 2.25 cumulative grade point average is required in all other required courses submitted to the major and/or minor. If the minimum is not achieved, the student must retake the course the next time it is offered.

Req Course Cr’s
1   L.COM-131: Introduction to Mass Communication 3
2   L.COM-485: Communication Research 3
3   L.COM-158: Introduction to Television Production 3
4   L.COM-225: Media Writing 3
5   L.COM-257: Electronic Field Production 3
6   L.COM-280: News Analysis 3
7   L.COM-290: Communication Management 3
8   L.COM-293: Media Studies Practicum Staff 1
9   L.COM-352: Advanced Broadcast Writing 3
10   L.COM-390: Media Criticism 3
11   L.COM-393: Communication Law 3
12   L.COM-491: Media Studies Capstone 3
13   L.COM-493: Media Studies Practicum Staff 1
Select two from Req 14
14   L.COM-164: Digital Imaging 3
14   L.COM-205: Media History 3
14   L.COM-262: Photojournalism 3
14   L.COM-263: Wonderful World of Animation 3
14   L.COM-285: World Cinema-AA 3
14   L.COM-286: Identity & Community in Rock & Roll-AI 3
14   L.COM-289: Global Filmmaking 3
14   L.COM-305: Media Convergence 3
14   L.COM-348: Motion Graphics 3
14   L.COM-357: Advanced Television Production 3
14   L.COM-375: Roots of the Blues and Rock & Roll 3
14   L.COM-380: Persuasion 3
14   L.COM-383: Hippies in Haight-Ashbury-AI 3
14   L.COM-388: Art & Dissent in Czechoslovakia-AC 3
14   L.COM-395: Topics 3
41 total required credits


Requirements for the minor in Journalism:

A minimum of a 2.0 grade must be received in the core courses for the majors. A 2.25 cumulative grade point average is required in all other required courses submitted to the major and/or minor. If the minimum is not achieved, the student must retake the course the next time it is offered.

Req Course Cr’s
1   L.COM-131: Introduction to Mass Communication 3
2   L.COM-225: Media Writing 3
3   L.COM-280: News Analysis 3
4   L.COM-305: Media Convergence 3
5   L.COM-492: Journalism Practicum 1
6   L.COM-492: Journalism Practicum 1
Select one from Req 7
7   L.COM-202: PR Writing 3
7   L.COM-264: Desktop Publishing 3
20 total required credits

Requirements for the minor in Media Studies:
A minimum of a 2.0 grade must be received in the core courses for the majors. A 2.25 cumulative grade point average is required in all other required courses submitted to the major and/or minor. If the minimum is not achieved, the student must retake the course the next time it is offered.

Req Course Cr’s
1   L.COM-131: Introduction to Mass Communication 3
2   L.COM-158: Introduction to Television Production 3
3   L.COM-225: Media Writing 3
4   L.COM-290: Communication Management 3
5   L.COM-390: Media Criticism 3
Select three credits from Req 6
6   L.COM-257: Electronic Field Production 3
6   L.COM-280: News Analysis 3
6   L.COM-293: Media Studies Practicum Staff 1
6   L.COM-352: Advanced Broadcast Writing 3
6   L.COM-491: Media Studies Capstone 3
6   L.COM-493: Media Studies Practicum Staff 1
6   L.COM-164: Digital Imaging 3
6   L.COM-205: Media History 3
6   L.COM-262: Photojournalism 3
6   L.COM-263: Wonderful World of Animation 3
6   L.COM-285: World Cinema- AA 3
6   L.COM-286: Identity & Community in Rock & Roll- AI 3
6   L.COM-289: Global Filmmaking 3
6   L.COM-305: Media Convergence 3
6   L.COM-357: Advanced Television Production 3
6   L.COM-375: Roots of the Blues and Rock & Roll 3
6   L.COM-380: Persuasion 3
6   L.COM-383: Hippies in the Haight-Ashbury-AI 3
6   L.COM-388: Art & Dissent in Czechoslovakia-AC 3
 6   L.COM-395: Topics 3
18 total required credits
Career Opportunities

After receiving your degree from Loras, your career could take off into one of these fields:

  • Digital Video Producer
  • Film Director
  • Advertising Manager
  • Creative / Copy Writer
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Artist
  • Web Designer
  • Sportscaster
Loras College Department Staff

Krista Belanger
Assistant Professor of Public Relations
563-588-7268 | Krista.Belanger@loras.edu

Dr. Krista Belanger came to Loras in 2013. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from University of Colorado at Boulder. Krista has been teaching in the communication discipline since 2003. At Loras, her courses include Introduction to Mass Communication, Public Speaking, Organizational Communication, PR Writing, and PR Case Studies. Her research focuses on issues of work and family within small family businesses.

Douglas Donald, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Communication Arts
563-588-7941 | Douglas.Donald@loras.edu

Mary Carol Harris, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication Arts
Division Chair of Communication and Fine Arts
563-588-7820 | MaryCarol.Harris@loras.edu

Dr. Harris came to Loras College in 1999. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University. Dr. Harris has been teaching in the communication discipline for 30 years. At Loras, her courses include Principles of Public Relations, PR Writing and Communication Research. Her primary research focus is students’ life and career expectations post-graduation.

Paul Kohl, Ph.D.
Professor of Media Studies
563-588-7233 | Paul.Kohl@loras.edu

Dr. Kohl earned his Ph.D. from the University of Utah and specializes in Film Studies, Media Criticism, Media Writing and Popular Culture. He has been published in various popular-culture texts and journals, and is a member of the Popular Culture Association and the Midwest Popular Culture Association. Dr. Kohl has been teaching at Loras since 1995.

Seth Myers, M.F.A
Associate Professor of Media Studies
563-588-7940 | Seth.Myers@loras.edu

Professor Meyers received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003. He specializes in experimental video, motion graphics, digital imaging and digital design. Meyers’ body of work ranges from single- and multi-channel video works, large-scale video installations, digital photography and short experimental films. His award-winning work has been exhibited and screened internationally, and has been recognized in national and international art publications.

Patrick Pisarik, M.A.
Professor of Media Studies
563-588-7960 | Patrick.Pisarik@loras.edu

Professor Pisarik teaches digital imaging, desktop publishing and broadcast journalism. He serves on the board of the Iowa College Media Association, and spent 15 years on the staff of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Professor Pisarik has been a Loras faculty member since 1993.

Wendy Romero, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Art
Program Director, Art Department
563-588-7214 | Wendy.Romero@loras.edu

Professor Wendy Romero came to Loras College in 2004. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the prestigious art school, Savannah College of Art and Design, and she has a terminal degree, M.F.A., from Georgia Southern University. Wendy has a diverse visual skill-set as she is an active mixed media artist, a graphic designer and an award-winning portrait photographer. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and resides in corporate art collections.

Craig Schaefer, MA
Professor of Media Studies
Director of TV Studio
563-588-7385 | Craig.Schaefer@loras.edu

Professor Schaefer specializes in creative video production and broadcast journalism. He is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and commercial director. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Iowa College Media Association and the Iowa Broadcast News Association.

Margaret Sullivan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication Arts
563-588-7516 | Maggie.Sullivan@loras.edu

Dr. Maggie Sullivan came to Loras in 1998. She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Speech Communication from Eastern Illinois University. She has a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Maggie has been teaching at the college level since 1993. At Loras, her courses include Public Speaking, Communication Theory, Persuasion, Interpersonal Communication and Senior Seminar. Her past and current research areas of interest focus on student perceptions of faculty members and classroom learning activities.