Media, Journalism and Digital Cultures

Media, Journalism and Digital Culture students working on a project

Why study Media, Journalism and Digital Culture in UTSC?

  • You’ll get the tools to comprehend, navigate, and adapt to today’s complicated and media environment, whether as a journalist, policy advocate or informed citizen. This stream is for you if you’re interested in studying media while focusing on journalism and the news media industry, as well as journalism’s form, function and meaning in a global and democratic society.
  • Learn how they work from multiple perspectives, from the public to the private, on both local and global scales.  
  • Learn the connections and the dynamics in the context of today’s rapidly changing media landscape and to critically evaluate the constraints and opportunities offered by modern media institutions and information technologies. 
  • study how media works in today’s world at local, regional and global scales; the history of media and technology and its development and use across different cultures; how media industries manufacture, manage, and disseminate information; and how media form and content shape knowledge and meaning from historical, philosophical, cinematic and artistic perspectives, among many others.  
  • Hone your media literacy skills and learn to critically evaluate the content of media and analyze its underlying ideologies and their implications within the cultural, political, economic, and social realms. 


Should you have any questions regarding the Media, Journalism and Digital Culture program at the University of Toronto Scarborough, please send us an email.


Ruoyun Bai | Associate Professor

Kenzie Burchell | Assistant Professor

Alex Chalk | Assistant Professor

T.L. Cowan | Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

Joseanne Cudjoe | Assistant Professor

Rafael Grohmann | Assistant Professor

David Nieborg | Associate Professor

Thy Phu | Professor

Jasmine Rault | Associate Professor

Hadiya Roderique | Assistant Professor

Sherry Yu | Associate Professor 

Retired Faculty

Jeffrey Dvorkin | Lecturer

Michael Petit | Associate Professor


Media, Journalism, and Digital Cultures FAQ

All students should take MDSA01H3 Introduction to Media Studies, MDSA02H3 History of Media, and ACMB01H3 Critical Reading, Thinking and Writing for ACM Programs in Year 1. MDSA01H3 introduces students to key terms and concepts in media studies and provides an overview of theoretical and critical understandings of media. MDSA02H3 surveys the history of media and communication from the development of writing through the printing press, newspaper, telegraph, radio, film, television and internet. 

Please ensure that you enroll in courses you meet the prerequisites for.  

For the Major Program, students must complete 8.0 full credits. For details, please see the Registrar’s Calendar.  

You are allowed to enroll in a max of 0.5 credit at MDSD-level. Minor program students do not have access to MDSD-level courses.

No, you cannot complete a double major with the streams under MJDC program. You can either pick a Major program in Major program in Media, Journalism and Digital Cultures – Media Studies stream, or a Major program in Media, Journalism and Digital Cultures – Journalism stream. Further, you cannot combine the Major program in MJDC (any stream). 

Should you have any questions regarding the Media, Journalism and Digital Cultures program at the University of Toronto Scarborough, please send us an email.  

High school students: To find this program on the OUAC website, search under University of Toronto Scarborough (found under the University of Toronto entry) under the category "Visual and Performing Arts, Arts Management & Media" (program code TUC); you will then choose 'Media' under the 'Subject of Major Interest' drop-down menu. When you are studying at UTSC, you will be able to choose the stream within the program that is your area of interest. 

UTSC students: Declare your program on ACORN (see here for details)