Media-Related Courses

Required Courses


160 Mass Media

This introductory-level course is part of a two-course sequence that encourages students to assess and shape their personal relationship to mass media. Its premise is that we are all, to some extent, uninformed and uncritical consumers of media products and services rather than conscientious and socially minded users of them. In this spirit, the course provides a comprehensive historical overview of the various print and electronic media that have shaped, and continue to shape, our lives. By examining the issues that have influenced the development of the mass media, the course considers ideological, cultural, aesthetic and ethical perspectives.

Suggested Courses

260 Media and Contemporary Culture

This course focuses on contemporary media, primarily film and television, from theoretical and critical perspectives. Primary emphasis is given to the specific identifying characteristics of news, advertising and entertainment media, and to how those media serve as forums for cultural negotiation in our society. In particular, attention is paid to how media representations of race, class and gender presently exist as both products and producers of contemporary cultures. Prerequisite: Media Studies 160 or permission of instructor.

American Film History Fall 2010

How has American film reflected and shaped American lives? This course will explore both classic and contemporary Hollywood cinema in its artistic, cultural, technological and economic contexts. Films studied will range from silent movie classics. screwball comedy, film noir and the Hollywood musical through the work of Scorsese, Coppola, and Spielberg. In addition to assigned reading and writing, students will be required to watch two films per week, one of them at a formal screening on Monday evenings.

294, 394 Internship
298 Independent Study
398 Independent Research

Approved Courses

The following courses are offered annually or biannually:

  • Art 115 Foundation Photography
  • Art 124 Foundation Photography
  • Art 145 Foundation Photography
  • Art 238 Computer-Generated Imagery
  • Art 240 Motion Graphics
  • Art 248 Photography
  • Art 249 Video Art Production
  • Asian Studies 156 Contemporary China through Film
  • Chinese 256 Chinese Drama and Film
  • English 255 Journalistic Writing
  • English 275 Literature and Film
  • History 140 America Since World War II
  • Music 225 Music in the Electronic Medium
  • Physics 252 Musical Acoustics

The following courses are offered occasionally; some courses are often, but not always, media-related in content:

  • American Studies 201-210 A Topical Approach
  • American Studies 301 Seminar
  • Art 250 U.S. Visions and Identities
  • Art 256 History of Cinema: Beginnings to 1950s
  • Art 257 History of Cinema: 1950s-Present
  • Asian Studies 124 Introduction to Japanese Film
  • Asian Studies 156 Contemporary China through Film
  • English 226 19th Century Myths and 20th Century Movies
  • English 345 Topics in American Racial and Multicultural Literatures
  • Environmental Studies 270 Nature and the American Landscape
  • French 373 Genre Studies
  • German 249 German Cinema
  • German 350 German Literature Seminar (some years focuses on films)
  • History 125 American Consumer Culture
  • History 239 Media in American Society
  • History 338 Problems of Contemporary America
  • Integrative Studies 203 Performance Studies
  • Physics 120 The Physics of Photography
  • Political Science 227 Media and Politics
  • Religion 229 Bergman and the Possibility of Christian Theology
  • Russian and Central European Studies 265 Introduction to Russian and Soviet Film
  • Russian and Central European Studies 382 The Russian Press
  • Sociology/Anthropology 122 Culture and Sociology of Films
  • Sociology/Anthropology 123 The 1970s and Beyond

Please consult Student Information System for course descriptions

Additional courses that count for Media Studies may be offered on a periodic or one-time basis. Students interested in having a course approved for Media Studies should consult with the program director.