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Specialization in Media History New and Old (Bachelor of Arts in Media) (MDAS19)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 History New and Old. Three (3) courses from the following:
    • Develops frameworks for understanding new media technologies in social contexts. Compares computing, networked digital media, and social media to prior eras of technological change, focusing on interactions among technological, industrial, regulatory, social, and cultural forces. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 337 and MSCH-D 337. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: MSCH-C 101 or MSCH-H 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) 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.)
    • Electronic media's role in altering perceptions of time, space, locality, and identity. Explores changing economic, political, and cultural relations in the global media environment. Topic varies and may include global media events, transborder information flows, cultural differences in media forms and practices. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 413 and MSCH-F 413. (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 social, economic, and cultural forces that influence the creation of programs and genres in the media industries. Topic varies, but may explore the role of networks, advertisers, studios, and independent producers. Credit given for only one of CMCL-C 411 or MSCH-M 411. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 101 or MSCH-H 101. Discussion of how today's electronic media was shaped by past inventions, business innovations and regulatory decisions. Traces the development of mass communication from the telegraph to the telephone, radio, and television to the arrival of digital communication technologies. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 101 or MSCH-H 101. A comparative study of the development of broadband networks in different parts of the world. The interaction between national telecommunications policies and international arrangements, institutions, and structures. Credit given for only one of MSCH-T 427 or TEL-T 427. (3 credit hours.)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) 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.)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) Topical seminar in gender studies. Analysis of a particular issue or problem that has generated debate within gender-related scholarship in a particular discipline, or across several disciplines/fields of inquiry. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (1–3 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.