The media studies major brings together coursework in media production and theory, offering students a range of technical skills and theoretical tools that will help them become active producers and thoughtful consumers of media.
The major offers students an opportunity to produce original, creative work, and to gain practical experience through internships, entrepreneurship, and work experience. It also cultivates media literacy by requiring students to examine various media phenomena within the context of cultural, economic, political, and technological developments from around the globe.
Courses in media studies skirt the boundaries of
sociology, anthropology, art, history, film studies, environmental studies, and political science, and offer opportunities to engage with a range of prominent critical traditions within the humanities, including postcolonial studies, critical race theory, feminist and gender studies.
Media Studies Major (10 units)
Two units of introductory Media Studies:
Media Studies 100 or 110.
Media Studies 125.
Two units of media production chosen from:
Art 117, 125; English 228; Media Studies 155, 215, 225, 251, 300, 301; Music 260.
Three units of advanced Media Studies coursework:
One unit chosen from: Media Studies 270, 350, 351, 370.
Two additional upper-level units chosen in consultation with a media studies advisor.
Two supporting units of media studies coursework chosen in consultation with a media studies advisor.
One unit capstone approved by a media studies advisor.
One media internship or applied experience in media (which may include creative projects completed over the summer), chosen in consultation with a media studies advisor.
Visual Studies Minor (6 units)
One unit of
Media Studies 150.
One unit of
Art, Media Studies 155, or Media Studies 251.
Three units of
Art History or Media Studies 250. One of the three units may be substituted with a course from another department upon advisor’s approval.
One unit of Media Studies 390, Art History 390, or Channel 200: Special Project or Internship related to Visual Studies.
The Special Project or internship (90 hours) must include some form of public presentation such as a symposium presentation.
This requirement can be substituted with Media Studies 250, 350, or 370, if the student has completed a capstone class with a significant visual studies component.