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Specialization in Black Cinema Studies: Aesthetics, History, and Image (Bachelor of Arts in Media) (MDAS03)The Media School

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.

Specialization requirements

The specialization requires at least 9 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Media School Electives. Two (2) courses from the following:
    • (approved topic: "Spike Lee's Filmworks") P: MSCH-C 101 or MSCH-H 101; or consent of instructor. Topic varies: in-depth analysis of directors, producers, or creative individuals in the media, viewed as 'authors.' May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 326 and MSCH-F 326. (3 credit hours.)
    • (approved topic: "Black Women Make Movies") Construction of race and gender identities across a range of media. Emphasis on the power of sound/image representations to shape and contest ideas about race and gender. Topic varies. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 412, JOUR-J 375, or MSCH-F 375. (3 credit hours.)
    • Examines filmmaking in the black diaspora as a formally innovative visual and narrative art form in world cinema. Studies select films for their political and cultural significance and shared themes. Topics include colonialism and postcoloniality; race, gender and sexuality; migration and exile; modernity; and the dislocating processes of globalization. (3 credit hours.)
    • (approved topic: "African Cinema and Politics") Historical survey of major national cinemas. Subject varies. Topics include Brazilian cinema, British cinema, Chinese cinema, French National cinema, German film culture, Indian cinema, and Italian cinema. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 398 and MSCH-F 398. (3 credit hours.)
    • (approved internship at Black Film Center/Archive) P: At least junior standing; at least 12 credit hours completed in the school; and application for internship credit approved by the school. Application is available on the Media School website. Faculty-supervised work in a media field related to student's academic interests. Credits based on at least 45 work hours per credit hour with a maximum of 6 credit hours applied toward the B.A. in Media or the B.S. in Game Design. Student must write a critical analysis paper and be evaluated by a workplace supervisor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 382, MSCH-I 382, MSCH-I 497, MSCH-X 472, or TEL-T 497. (1–3 credit hours.)
    • One(1) from the following::
      • Examines the formation of legal, social, cultural, and economic identities within the United States and within U.S.-controlled territories. Who counts as "American?" To what ends have citizens and non-citizens assumed, claimed, or refused "American" identity? This course employs a comparative frame in considering elite and subordinated classes (and/or genders, races, ethnicities, sexualities); institutional and countercultural forms of self-definition; official history and alternative acts of collective memory. (3 credit hours.)
      • R: CMLT-C 205 or 3 credit hours of literature. A focus on critical issues in the field of African letters, such as transnationalism, the question of orality, choice of language, the economics and politics of publishing—both within and outside the continent, and their impacts on cultural forms including new, non-literary media. Authors such as Achebe, Aidoo, Armah, Diop, Farah, Head, Kunene, Ngugi, p'Bitek, Sembene, and Soyinka. (3 credit hours.)
      • No credit for French minor. Study of the concepts of medium/media and mass media as they appear in the Francophone World, based on specific case studies and theoretical readings. Exploration of the ways in which Francophone people constantly interact with media in North America, Europe and Africa in a digital age. Taught in English. (3 credit hours.)
  2. GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:
    1. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the specialization.
    2. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the specialization—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    3. Exceptions to specialization requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.