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Media and Communication Studies

Career and Academic Paths | Bachelor of Arts (33 Credits) | Statement on Study of Foreign Languages | Certificate (21 credits) | Academic Advising |

Faculty

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Director

Jason Loviglio

Lecturer

Donald Snyder

Assistant Professor

Rebecca Adelman

Courses in this program are listed under MCS.

The program in media and communication studies is an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes a broad liberal arts approach toward the teaching of critical media literacy, intercultural communication and new digital media skills. These skills include a critical understanding of the emerging forms of digital technologies of communication, information, surveillance and entertainment. Students will learn how to integrate new communicative practices into their liberal arts education.

The program uses materials and methodologies from various disciplines. It also emphasizes learning through seminar experiences and independent projects. The focus in the core curriculum on applied experience, undergrad research, critical thinking and interdisciplinary approaches to study of media is part of the program's fundamental liberal arts orientation. Core courses build one upon the other, developing students' critical skills, historical background, and theoretical sophistication so that they progressively develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the social, political, economic and cultural issues at stake in human communication.

The elective courses, which are drawn from American studies, English, modern languages and linguistics, visual arts, along with several other departments and programs across the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, reinforce the commitment to a broad liberal arts education. Students choose electives from a broad set of choices in three areas: critical media literacy, intercultural communication and technology and applied communication.

Bachelor of Arts (33 Credits)

CORE (15 credits)

  • MCS 222 Introduction to Media and Communication Studies

  • Two courses on theoretical approaches and methods

  • MCS 333 History and Theory of Mass Communication and Media Studies

  • PLUS one of the following:

  • AMST 390 Theories of Media and Culture
  • ENGL 324 Theories of Communication and Technology
  • ART 215 Introduction to Art and Media Studies
  • MLL 305 Introduction to Intercultural Communication

  • Required Applied Experience:

  • MCS 404 Internship
    (Internships can be completed as part of the study abroad experience)

  • Capstone Seminar: A project emphasizing scholarly research, creative production, or both.

  • MCST 499

  • Three Elective Areas (18 credits)

    (See list of recommended course sequences for each area below

    B.A. students must choose two courses from each area:

    Critical Media Studies
  • Coursework on the cultural history of specific media, critical media analysis, industry analysis, audience studies and special topics in media genres.

  • Intercultural Communication
    Coursework on intercultural communication; race, gender, ethnicity, social class and media; comparative studies and media; U.S. media in global perspective.

  • New Media and Applied Communication
    Coursework in video, audio and digital production; Web content design; technical writing; journalism and oral communication


  • Additional Information:

    Writing Intensive Requirement

    Two courses designated "writing intensive" must be taken in addition to GEP requirements. These additional courses my be drawn from required coursework in the core or elective areas.

    Depth of Field Required

    A required major, minor, or certificate

    Counting Credits


    A total of nine credits towards the completion of the major may be "double counted" towards the completion of an additional major, minor or certificate.

    Capstone


    MCST student double-majoring in a discipline that requires a capstone course may be able to satisfy this requirement with the other capstone course, provided that, in the opinion of the director, the subject matter and methods are relevant to the study and/or practice of media and communications.



    Certificate (21 credits)

    CORE (12 credits)


  • MCST 222: Introduction to Media and communications Studies
  • Two courses on Theoretical Approaches and Methods
  • MCST 333: History and Theory of Mass Communication and Media Studies

  • PLUS one of the following:


  • AMST 390: Theories of Media and Culture
  • ENGL 324: Theories of Communication and Technology
  • ART 215: Introduction to Art and Media Studies
  • MLL 305: Introduction to Intercultural Communication

  • Required Applied Experience:

  • MCST 404 (Internship)

  • Three Areas (9 credits) Certificate students take all nine credits in only one of the two areas:

  • Critical Media Studies
    Coursework on the cultural history of specific media, critical media analysis, industry analysis, audience studies and special topics in media genres.

  • Intercultural Communication
    Coursework on intercultural communication; race, gender, ethnicity, social class and media; comparative studies and media; U.S. media in global perspective.


  • New Media and Applied Communication
    Coursework in video, audio and digital production; Web content design; technical writing; journalism and oral communication


  • Additional Information:


    Writing Intensive Requirement

    One course designated "writing intensive" must be taken in addition to GEP requirements. These additional courses may be drawn from required coursework in the Core or Elective areas.
    Counting Credits
    A total of nine credits towards the completion of the certificate may be "double counted" towards the completion of an additional major, minor, or certificate.


    Suggested Course Sequences for MCST Areas 1

    (At least 9 of the 18 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level)
    1. Critical Media Studies
    Suggested course sequences:

  • AFST 205 Contemporary Black Popular Culture
    AND
  • AFST 245 Introduction to Black Music

  • AFST 245 Introduction to Black Music
    AND
  • MUSIC 214 History of Jazz

  • AMST 320 Television in American Culture
    AND
  • AMST 321 Radio in American Culture

  • AMST 320 Television in American Culture
    AND
  • AMST 322 American Society and Culture in Film

  • AMST 325 Studies in American Popular Culture
    OR
  • AMST 100 Introduction to American Studies
    AND
  • AMST 320, 321, 322, 357, 372, 374

  • AMST 325 Studies in Popular Culture
    AND
  • SOCY/ANTH 416 Cyberspace Culture
    OR
  • SOCY 397 Special Topics: Media and Society
    OR
  • AFST 205 Contemporary Black Popular Culture
    OR
  • GWST 322 Women and the Media

  • ANTH 211 Cultural Anthropology
    AND
  • SOCY/ANTH 416 Cyberspace, Culture, and Society

  • ART 220 Art History I
    AND
  • ART 221 Art History II

  • ART 324 History of Film: Origins to 1965
    AND
  • ART 325 History of Film and Video 1965-Present

  • ART 324 (or 325)
    AND
  • AMST 322 American Society and Culture in FIlm

  • ART 321 19th Century Art
    AND
  • ART 323 20th Century Art

  • ART 324 History of Film: Origins to 1965
    AND
  • ART 342 Film/Video Theory and Criticism

  • ART 224 (or 225)
    AND
  • ART 343 History of Animation

  • ART 326 History of Photo I
    AND
  • ART 327 Contemporary Directions in Photography

  • ENGL 332 Literature of Non-Fiction
  • MCS 370 Special Topics in Media and Communication Studies (topics vary)

  • MUSC 336 The Beatles
    AND
  • MUSC 330 Popular Musics of the non-Western World

  • MUSC 217 Rock: 1950-Present
    AND
  • MUSC 330 Popular Musics of the non-Western World

  • MUSC 230 Music of the World
    AND
  • MUSC 480 Topics in Music, Art and Society*

  • POLI 433 First Amendment Freedoms
  • THTR 210 and THTR 211 History of Theatre I & II

  • VPA 225 Ideas in the Arts
    AND
  • VPA 325 International Women Directors

  • GWST 310 Gender and Inequality
    AND
  • GWST 322 Women and the Media

  • 2. Intercultural Communication
    Suggested course sequences:

  • AMST 200 Multicultural America
    AND
  • AMST 352 U.S. in Global Perspective

  • AMST 352 U.S. in Global Perspective
    AND
  • AMST 380 Community in America

  • ANTH 211 Cultural Anthropology
    AND
  • ANTH 310 Ethnographic Film

  • MLL 230 World Language Communities
    AND
  • MLL 425 Intercultural and Cross-Cultural Communication

  • MLL 230 World Language Communities
    AND
  • MLL 250 Introduction to the French-Speaking World
    OR
  • MLL 270 Introduction to Russian Culture and Civilization
    OR
  • MLL 271 Introduction to Modern Russian Civilization and Culture
    OR
  • MLL 280 Introduction to the Spanish-Speaking World

  • MLL 263 Popular Music and National Identity in German-Speaking Countries
    AND
  • MLL 332 Introduction to German Cultural Thought

  • MLL 320 International Women Directors
    AND
  • GWST 322 Women and the Media

  • AMST 200 and MLL 306 Intercultural Communications: Issues Confronting Immigrant and Heritage Communities
  • MLL 190 The World of Language I
    OR
  • MLL 191 The World of Language II
    AND
  • MLL 301 Textual Analysis: Words, Images, Music

  • MLL 310 Intercultural Studies of International Film
    AND
  • HIST 371 History and Film

  • MLL 213 Film and Society in Spain
    OR
  • MLL 218 Film and Society in Latin America
    OR
  • RUSS 315 Studies in Russian Film
    AND
  • MLL 310 Intercultural Studies of International Film

  • MLL 406 History and Theory of Intercultural Media
    AND
  • MLL 495 Intercultural Video Production

  • POLI 260 Comparative Politics
    AND
  • POLI 280 International Politics

  • SOCY 211 Diversity and Pluralism
    AND
  • MLL 305 Introduction to Intercultural Communication


  • 3. New Media and Applied Communication
    Suggested course sequences:

  • ART 100 Introduction to Imaging Arts: Photography, Film, Video and Computer Art
    AND
  • ART 210 Visual Concepts I—2 Dimensions

  • ART 210 and ART 211 Visual Concepts II—Camera Vision
  • ART 210 (or 211)
    AND
  • ART 315 Video I

  • ART 210 (or 211)
    AND
  • ART 331 Graphic Design

  • ART 210 (or 211)
    AND
  • ART 395 Television Production Techniques I

  • ART 395 and ART 396 Television Production Techniques II
  • ENGL 380 Intro to News Writing
    AND
  • ENGL 382 Feature Writing

  • ENGL 380 Intro to News Writing
    AND
  • ENGL 480 Seminar in Advanced Journalism

  • ENGL 391 Advanced Exposition and Argumentation
    OR
  • ENGL 393 Technical Writing
    AND
  • ENGL 387 Web Content Development

  • ENGL 393 and ENGL 394 Technical Editing
  • MLL 406 History and Theory of Intercultural Media
    AND
  • MLL 495 Intercultural Video Production

  • MCST 397 Participatory Media and Personal Broadcasting
  • SPCH 100 Public Communication
    AND
  • SPCH 210 Interpersonal Communication

  • For Music Majors Only:

  • MUSC 218 Recording Technology Lab
    AND
  • MUSC 219 Studio Recording