Media and Cultural Studies

Overview

A concentration and a minor

Students completing a concentration or a minor in Media and Cultural Studies will:

  • Interpret, analyze, and critique cultural artifacts and practices (including film, television, and new media)
  • Create various types of media texts and participate in a variety of cultural practices (including image production, film, theory, and argumentation)
  • Describe and critique the social, historical, and linguistic worlds that surround media texts, with emphasis on international and U.S. multicultural perspectives
  • Demonstrate effective writing and speaking skills

Media Studies provides the opportunity for students to think across media forms and cultural contexts.  It is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the content, history, and effects of various media, including television, film, and digital technologies. The program offers students the chance to both make and reflect on these media.  Students of media studies learn to analyze media texts, situate them within historical contexts and engage in theoretical debates about them.  They also experiment in the production of a variety of media texts.  Students learn to create original work, analyze and appreciate the work of others, and assess the wider impact of mass media on public life.  Fundamental to Media Studies is the cultivation and honing of communication skills necessary to our mediated world.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

An understanding of the work behind a project gives you the confidence to effectively interact and communicate with media producers. Armed with the technical and soft skills you need to communicate through any medium, you can explore an array of career paths, including corporate communication, journalism, and human resources.

Requirements

For an 18-credit concentration:

A total of six classes are required for the concentration. After Introduction to Cultural Studies, only one additional course may be taken at the 200 level.
Introduction to Cultural Studies (LCS270)
One studio course
Two theoretical/analytical courses at the 300 or 400 level
One Media Studies elective (studio or theoretical/analytical)

Choose one course from the following:

  • Film Theory (LCS441)
  • Political Satire (LCS469)
  • Senior Practicum (LCS491)

Theoretical/Analytical Courses

  • Introduction to Visual Culture (LCS275)
  • Studies in Film and Video (LCS/COM350)
  • Animation: Theory, History, Practice (LCS354)
  • The Human/Animal in Philosophy and Culture: An Introduction to Animal Studies (LCS362)
  • Asian American Studies (LCS379)
  • Sexuality and Culture (LCS383)
  • Film Theory (LCS441)
  • Film Genre Studies (LCS/COM450)
  • Political Satire (LCS469)
  • Special Topics: Discourse Analysis: Producing Social Realities (LCS485)
  • Senior Seminar in Critical Theory (LCS490)
  • Senior Practicum (LCS491)

Studio Courses

  • Basic Studio Production (COM242)
  • Basic Field Production and Editing (COM243)
  • Narrative Filmmaking (COM343)
  • Documentary Filmmaking (COM345)
  • Writing for New Media (COM351)
  • Advanced Television (COM442)
  • Script to Screen (COM443)
  • Digital Studio Workshop (LCS323)
  • Digital Photography (LCS324)

For a 12-credit minor:

Introduction to Cultural Studies (LCS270)
One studio course at the 300 or 400 level from the following:
  • Narrative Filmmaking (COM343)
  • Documentary Filmmaking (COM345)
  • Writing for New Media (COM351)
  • Advanced Television (COM442)
  • Script to Screen (COM443)
  • Digital Studio Workshop (LCS323)
  • Digital Photography (LCS324)

One theoretical/analytical course at the 300 or 400 level from the following:

  • Studies in Film and Video (LCS/COM350)
  • Animation: Theory, History, Practice (LCS354)
  • The Human/Animal in Philosophy and Culture: An Introduction to Animal Studies (LCS362)
  • Asian American Studies (LCS379)
  • Sexuality and Culture (LCS383)
  • Film Theory (LCS441)
  • Film Genre Studies (LCS/COM450)
  • Political Satire (LCS469)
  • Special Topics: Discourse Analysis: Producing Social Realities (LCS485)
  • Senior Seminar in Critical Theory (LCS490)
  • Senior Practicum (LCS491)
One 400 level course

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To learn more, please contact:
Amber Day, Ph.D.
Professor of English and Cultural Studies
aday@bryant.edu