Activities required for Media Scholars honors certification
First year, fall semester
- MSCH-H110 First-Year Honors Seminar
First year, spring semester, through senior year
- Two Media School honors classes (see advance schedule of honors classes)
- MSCH-H451 Honors Capstone Seminar during spring semester senior year*
*Because content will vary depending on the design of the course, the capstone may be taught as either a skills class or a research elective. This decision will be left to the class mentor who will teach the course.
Note: If you will be graduating early, spending spring semester away from campus, have a significant scheduling conflict or another reason why you cannot take MSCH-H451 during the spring semester of your senior year, you should notify the honors director during your junior year. With honors director approval, you will instead take MSCH-H498 Independent Study for Honors Students during the fall or spring semester of your senior year. Additionally, if your schedule permits, you may take both MSCH-H451 and MSCH-H498.
Travel and professional development requirements
Media Scholars travel to New York City during spring break week of their sophomore year. This is an important component of the honors program, and the trip is mandatory. Scholars might also travel to Chicago for professional development experiences – this trip is TBD.
The Summer in London program is a central feature of the Media Scholars honors program. Participation is highly encouraged, but is not required. Information about this trip is provided in the fall of your sophomore year.
One of the benefits of being a Media Scholar is the financial support you receive from The Media School for domestic and international travel to enhance your educational endeavors. This support typically includes funding for and a possible regional trip to Chicago during your first year, the required spring break trip to New York City during your second year, a scholarship for the Summer in London program (amount varies by year) and a scholarship for your first Media School international travel course (amount varies by year and course). The school cannot provide scholarships for non-Media School courses.
Additionally, students may sign up for Media School travel courses at any time during their academic career, if space is available. These courses are independent from the honors program. The school provides supplemental funding for only one MSCH-X478 travel course.