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Specialization in Media and Cultural Studies (Bachelor of Arts in Media) (MDAS17)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 and Cultural Studies. Three (3) courses from the following:
    • Critical examination of advertising's role in modern societies. Focuses on marketing and consumption as central activities in shaping personal identity and social relations. Credit given for only one of CMCL-C 315 or MSCH-A 315. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: JOUR-J 320 or MSCH-A 320; and junior/senior standing; or consent of instructor. Seminar in current developments in advertising as an economic and social force. Examines contemporary issues in the profession. Students will conduct independent and original research projects. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 438 or MSCH-A 438. (3 credit hours.)
    • Examines the cultural contestation of images of war and peace with a focus on the materiality of political images in a variety of verbal, visual, and acoustic media across a range of cultural forms such as film, literature, art, public memorials, and political texts. May be repeated when the focus is on a different country or region for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 311 or MSCH-F 309. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: One of CMCL-C 190, JOUR-J 110, or MSCH-C 101. Historical development of media forms, institutions, and technology, from the origins of writing to digital media. Attention to characteristics of media, changes in media's role as a cultural force, transformations to media institutions, and the role of media in the development of public discourse. Considers continuity and change over time. Credit given for only one of MSCH-F 311 or TEL-T 311. (3 credit hours.)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) Critical exploration of the form, content, and uses of popular culture in everyday life. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 336 and MSCH-F 336. (3 credit hours.)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) Topic varies. Analysis of typical genres, such as westerns, situation comedies, documentaries, etc. Problems of generic description or definition: themes, conventions, iconography peculiar to given genres. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 392 and MSCH-F 392. (3 credit hours.)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) Media historiography, topics in national media history, national and international movements and trends. Topic varies. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 420 and MSCH-F 420. (3 credit hours.)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) Examines the role of media in the political process. Topic varies and may include censorship and free speech, social movements, politics of representation. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 445 or MSCH-F 445. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: Grade of C- or higher in JOUR-H 200, JOUR-J 200, MSCH-C 225 or MSCH-H 225; and a grade of C- or higher in one of JOUR-H 300, JOUR-J 300, MSCH-H 300, or MSCH-J 300; and senior standing. Examines functions and influences of news and public relations professionals in a networked society with primary focus on the United States. Analyzes professional and ethical values of journalists and public relations practicioners working in a digital, participatory media environment. Critical analysis of the relationship of media institutions and society, and the effects of political, economic, and cultural factors on media professionalism. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 410 or MSCH-J 410. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: CMCL-C 190, MSCH-C 101, or consent of instructor. Survey of writings, concepts, and movements in media theory. Credit given for only one of CMCL-C 410 or MSCH-T 410. (3 credit hours.)
    • Analysis of selected problems in media studies. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 334 and MSCH-V 334. (3 credit hours.)
    • 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.)
  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.