Online Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Literacy
The online digital media literacy degree will prepare you to become a digital media leader in a world dominated by technology and information. You'll learn how digital media works and explore its impact on our daily lives. The degree also teaches you how to identify misinformation, create digital content and be an effective professional communicator.
Next start date: 01/09/2023
Total classes: 30
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What is digital media literacy?
Digital media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, create and use digital media. This includes everything from knowing how to find credible information online to being able to communicate using digital media. A few examples of digital media literacy include knowing how to use digital media technology, spot misinformation, create digital content and evaluate the social, cultural and historical impact of media.
Arizona State University’s digital media literacy degree online will teach you these skills and prepare you to be at the forefront of strategic digital media decisions. This interdisciplinary digital media degree teaches important digital skills and explores freedom of expression and media ethics from a global perspective. You’ll also develop a deep understanding of how information and technology affect our daily interactions. You’ll then learn how to apply this knowledge to create digital content that audiences trust.
One thing that sets this degree apart from other communication degrees is its focus on what happens after the content is made and distributed. The digital media literacy degree teaches you how to examine who saw the content, who trusts it and what the audience did with it. The degree aims to help you become a professional communicator able to measure how digital content helps or harms your audience and their communities, so you can create content that has a positive impact.
Why is digital media literacy important?
Digital media is all around us. Nearly every message is created or distributed using digital technology. On a positive note, this means it's now easier than ever for many people to access important information. However, at the same time, the rapid spread of misinformation threatens our democracy. Being able to navigate these digital media challenges is fundamental to being a well-informed member of society.
Digital media literacy courses
This digital media degree includes courses focused on digital media literacy, freedom of expression and misinformation. Through these courses and electives, you’ll gain important knowledge about digital media, law and policy. This includes verification strategies, media creation techniques and relevant ethical principles. Courses also explore representation in media, privacy concerns, algorithmic bias, artificial intelligence and other pressing issues.
MCO 120: Media and Society (SB)
MCO 302: Media Research Methods
MCO 425: Digital Media Literacy I
MCO 426: Digital Media Literacy II
MCO 427: Misinformation and Society
MCO 428: Digital Media and Freedom of Expression in the 21st Century
What kind of jobs can I get with a digital media literacy degree?
This online digital media degree equips you with the skills needed for a variety of careers related to communications, public relations and community engagement. This program also prepares you to pursue an advanced degree in education, law or a related communications field. A few career examples include but are not limited to:
Digital media degree admission requirements
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
Study at one of the top colleges for journalism and mass communication
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is a leading journalism school in the U.S. For more than 15 years, its students have won more awards in the Society of Professional Journalists national “Mark of Excellence” competition than any other university. Student reporting projects on social justice issues have won five Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards – the most of any journalism school in the country. The Cronkite School regularly ranks in the top five journalism schools in the country for broadcasting, photojournalism and strategic communications awards.
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