Media Studies Students’ Opinions about Their Core Classes. Prepared for: Dr. Noah Arceneaux Assistant Professor of Media Studies School of Journalism & Media Studies San Diego State University Prepared by: Collegiate Consultants
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Dr. Noah Arceneaux
Assistant Professor of Media Studies
School of Journalism & Media Studies
San Diego State University
Jessica Aranda, Louisa Arreola, Eric Brown, Julia Scholl
Faculty from the School of Journalism & Media Studies wanted to learn how:
Students enrolled in the Media Studies major perceive the program.
Whether student expectations for the program match what it offers.
Faculty have observed that some students express dissatisfaction with the program and its offerings.
To determine whether students feel their courses overemphasize theory.
To learn whether students believe their professors care about students’ future careers.
To investigate whether students believe the core curriculum is redundant.
To evaluate whether students feel their professors connect course content to the real world.
199 Media Studies students were asked to participate in an online survey in November 2011.
Out of a valid sample of 199 Media Studies students, 121 students completed the questionnaires. The Media Studies questionnaire completion rate was 61%.
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The course is/was heavy on theory.
The professor cares about my future career.
Course material is/was redundant of things I already knew.
The professor helps/helped connect course content to the real world.
“I have had Arceneaux twice now and feel that his teaching style is the most efficient to college students. He adequately correlates the real world with our class lectures and provides a clearer picture for us students compared to traditional teaching styles.”
-Media Studies student
“I feel like sometimes we do things and it seems as if we’re going over the same things over and over again. There’s not a lot I dislike, but I definitely think they [sic] should teach us more about the real world and different job opportunities. That’s pretty much all the complaints I have.”
- Male Media Studies student
“Sometimes I think the professors lack any interests in the students’ future careers because, why are the professors teaching the same material? Sometimes I think it is because they are lazy or have no interest in the students.”
- Female Media Studies Student
Connect course content to the real world by incorporating relevant case studies into the curriculum.
Meet as a faculty to brainstorm ways in which professors can meaningfully integrate real world case studies into each Media Studies course.
Including real world current events into the course may prevent students from perceiving the course as redundant.
Conduct further research on what aspects of each course students find to be redundant.
Meet as a faculty to share syllabi and identify which aspects of each course may be unnecessarily redundant.