About the major
Why do students typically select this major?
Students select this major for a variety of reasons. Some are interested in broadcasting, others want to create digital content for companies, others go on to start their own media companies.
If I were to choose this major, what topics/things would I be studying?
Production, social media strategies, and media theory in the context of the societal and cultural impacts.
Is there an introductory course that students can take to determine if this major is a good match for them?
Yes, NMC 101 Introduction to New Media Communications.
What is the typical class size for the classes required for this major?
NMC 101 will be the largest class, sometimes with up to 150 students. Most others will be around 35 or fewer.
What skills will this major help me develop?
Critical thinking, quantitative & qualitative analysis, project management, collaborative assesment, video/film production & editing, sound and music design, 3D modeling, etc.
What kinds of jobs do students who graduate with this major typically pursue?
Please check out Alumni & Friends and Careers sections.
Is graduate school usually required to work in the fields associated with this major?
Not necessarily, it all depends on what industry a student wants to pursue. If a student wants to go in to teaching, then most likely yes, a higher degree should be earned. If a student wants to go in to marketing, then no, a higher degree is not required.
Is it typical for students to graduate from this major in four years?
Yes, it is possible.
How much flexibility does this major have?
This major is flexible in the respect that the NMC department encourages all students to go for career furthering opportunities when they present themselves. This may mean taking a term or year to study abroad or intern in New York City. The NMC department academic advisor will work closely with each student to assist in a student's educational goals.
Is studying abroad an option for this major, and what countries are available?
Yes and this is highly encouraged. OSU has many study, intern, and research abroad opportunities. Please check out the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) to browse all the countries and program offerings.
What are the specific course requirements for this major?
The DCA major has a core requirement of 5 classes: ART 121, NMC 100, NMC 101, NMC 260, & NMC 301. In addition to the core, students are required to complete other coursework depending on their degree type (BA, BS, BFA).
Does this major require a minor? If so, what minor(s) might best complement this major?
This major does not require a minor. Students are encouraged to do a major that is of interest to them. Past students have minored in Theatre Arts, Visual Arts, Photography, Business & Entreprenurship, Foreign Languages and even Chemistry!
Are there any specific requirements a student must meet/complete before they can declare this major (for example, completion of specific courses, a GPA requirement, etc.)?
In order to declare this major a student must be a first term, first-year Freshman, or have an OSU or transfer GPA of a 2.0.
Do a lot of the classes required for this major have labs and/or lab fees or additional fees associated with them?
There are no lab fees associated with this major.
What is the math requirement for this major?
There is no math requirement for the major.
Internships & Financial Aid/Scholarships
Are there opportunities for internships, undergraduate research, or volunteer positions associated with this major?
Yes! There is an internship coordinator in the department. Also, students are encouraged to conduct research at the university level. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/students/research/
Are there scholarships available specifically for students in this major?
Yes! Please check out the Scholarships page.