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B.A. in Culture and Media Studies

Earn your bachelor's in Culture and Media Studies from Marylhurst

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Marylhurst University offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Culture and Media. This is a diverse program that combines methods and insights from anthropology, literary theory, media studies, history, sociology, psychoanalysis, film studies, semiotics and philosophy.

Career paths 

As a graduate with a degree in Culture and Media Studies, you will be positioned to make significant contributions in fields that require analytical skills and practical sensitivity to cultural differences, such as education, international policy and business, the nonprofit sector, community organizing and activism, and new media.

A path to graduate school

We'll provide you with a strong foundation in critical, interpretative, communicative and writing skills which prepare you for graduate work in most fields, especially law, education, the social sciences and disciplines within the humanities.

Culture and media curriculum

Our principal focus is historical and contemporary social life, the political nature of popular contemporary culture, and the way meaning is produced through various social practices (media), beliefs (religious and political), and economic structures within a given culture.

In-depth areas of study

As part of the required coursework, you will take courses in the following areas: 

  • gender studies 
  • global studies 
  • media and film studies
  •  American studies.

In addition to the above topic areas, you'll have the opportunity to take elective coursework in social philosophy, history, environmental studies, communication studies, literature, psychology, business and social sciences. With the guidance of your academic adviser, you will determine the right mix of elective courses that best align with your career and personal goals.

No foreign language required

Marylhurst's Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs don't require the typical two years of foreign language. Instead, students focus on major courses within culture and media and complete a general Marylhurst core that features content aimed at increasing knowledge and skills in the liberal arts - such as critical thinking, problem-solving, writing and multicultural competency.

 Degree breakdown

To graduate with a bachelor's degree, you must complete a total of 180 credits:

Events list for the current academic year.
  Quarter Credits
Major requirements 60
Marylhurst Core requirements 54
General electives 66
Total 180*

Marylhurst accepts transfer credits

More than 90 percent of Marylhurst students transfer in credits to help complete the 180-credit requirement. Learn if you have prior college credit that can transfer into the B.A. in Culture and Media Studies program with a free transfer evaluation.

$6,000 Scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa members

Marylhurst offers Phi Theta Kappa (community college honors society members) a renewable annual scholarship of up to $6,000 for those pursuing their bachelor's degree with us. This is a renewable scholarship, which means you receive the amount each year you are enrolled at Marylhurst. The only qualification to receive the scholarship is that you are a Phi Theta Kappa member.  If that's you, connect with our Office of Admissions at or call 503.699.6268 to learn more.

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If you're ready to pursue your career in the field of communication, request information and we'll get you full details about our admissions requirements, application process, financial aid and details about the program. We can also do a transfer credit evaluation to see how your former college credits transfer to Marylhurst.

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