Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee
Date of First Reading: February 3, 2020
Date of Second Reading: March 2, 2020
Title of Motion: Request from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication - for the establishment of an undergraduate degree – BA in Digital Media Literacy
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: This new bachelor’s degree program establishes the Cronkite School as a central leader in addressing this urgent challenge. The program is rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts, with deep focus on critical thinking, communication, ethical decision
making, global awareness and problem solving. It teaches students to apply these skills in the context of digital media, understanding how information and technology affect our personal, social and professional interactions.
Graduates of the program will be able to use cutting-edge tools and tactics to analyze the context of the media we consume. They will be able to verify and interpret information to make decisions that improve their own lives and that benefit our larger society.