Requirements for the Minor in Media Arts (MDA)

All core courses must be taken at Stony Brook University. At least one 3-credit 300-level or above elective course must be taken at Stony Brook University. No more than two courses applied to the minor can count toward the student’s major or other minor. No more than one elective course in the minor may be taken under the Pass/No Credit option; all other courses required for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher with the exception of MDA/THR 488, which is S/U. (Note: The P/NC option carries financial implications. All students should check with their financial aid advisor before choosing this option.) 

Declaration of the Minor

The MDA minor is open to all undergraduate students and takes approximately 4 semesters (fall/spring) to complete and students are encouraged to declare before the start of their sophomore year but no later than the first semester of their junior year depending on target date of graduation. Students should consult with the Faculty Director as soon as possible and plan their course of study for fulfillment of their degree requirements.

Completion of the minor requires 21 credits.

A. Required Courses:

  • MDA/THR 117 Media: Analysis and Culture
  • MDA/THR 277 The Media Industry

One of the following courses:

B. Students must complete 12 credits of electives of which at least 6 credits must be 300 or higher.


1. No more than six credits required for the Media Arts minor may be counted toward the theatre arts major.
2. No more than a total of six credits from THR 480 and 488 may be applied to the minor.
3. No more than six credits from MDA/THR 480 and 488 may be applied to the minor.