North Central College - Naperville, IL

Media Studies

Are you interested in uncovering corruption, providing sports commentary, or designing a product brand? What about exploring multimedia platforms, blogging and podcasting? The Media Studies Department contains the faculty, resources and desire to set you on the right path. With majors in Journalism, Broadcast and Interactive Media Studies, the department offers a wide range of courses that will provide you with an equally wide-ranging skill set. Students in all three areas get hands-on experience in practicum courses as well as internships.


From local neighborhoods to the global village, journalists provide information, explanation, commentary and analysis that help us make sense of an increasingly complex world and inspire positive change.

Our innovative program grounds you in mass media history, ethics and law while developing your writing, editing, multimedia, social media and design skills. As a journalism student, you'll cover hard news and write persuasive pieces, first-person essays and feature-length narrative journalism. Additionally, you will learn the skills required by the modern journalist, including how to manage video, photographs, audio, web and social content.

In addition to regular classes, you'll spend time in ENG 132 College News Practicum, serving as a staff member for our award-winning student news site, and the print newspaper, The Chronicle.


Students who pursue the broadcast curriculum gain knowledge and experience in this far-reaching field. With classes in both audio and video production, graduates have gone on to pursue careers as radio DJs, television producers and sound engineers.

Classes include instruction in the following areas: radio programming and performance, video production and editing, screenwriting, and writing for broadcast news.

In addition, students have the opportunity to become part of the award-winning campus radio station, WONC.


Interactive media students learn to merge various digital media (text, graphics, video and audio) in a computer environment so users can interact with it by reading, watching, listening to and, in the case of your phone, touching. Interactive media includes the Internet and websites, streaming audio and video, multimedia presentations, virtual reality, 3D animation and video games, to name a few.

Students have a choice of three tracks from which to choose: Convergent Media, Graphic Design, and Technology.