BA in Media Study: Critical Studies

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The Critical Studies Concentration within the Media Study major gives students the theoretical background and analytical skills necessary to understand various forms of media as works of art in their own right and as an integral part of modern society.

Students with a Critical Studies Concentration leave the program being able to: Comprehend, explain and interpret media theory and use of media technology; apply, produce and demonstrate use of media technology and theory: be able to use the knowledge towards media theory and produce media objects skillfully; deconstruct, analyze and compare media objects and theory: deconstruct media objects for analysis, and create comparisons using media theory; and incorporate media technology and theory into critiques and appraisals. Be able to take the knowledge one step beyond merely applying it.

Degree Requirements

The BA in Media Study (Critical Studies Concentration) requires a total of 66 credits: 48 within the program and 18 within the minor or virtual minor. At least 24 of the 66 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level. Students must receive a grade of C- or higher in all courses applied to the major.  

Before being considered an accepted DMS major, a student must complete at least three DMS courses with a minimum grade of C- while maintaining an overall 2.5 GPA in at least 50 credits at the university.

Departmental Coursework: 
Requirements for the major are on the critical studies concentration advising sheet. However, here is a quick outline of the categories courses fall into.

Introduction to Interpretation (3 courses): 100-level to 200-level courses that give students an introduction to analyzing a breadth of media types.

Advanced Analysis (4 courses): 400-level courses that give students a deeper understanding of one or more type of media including film, video, interactive fiction, digital media, sound, and social media.

Media and Culture (1 course): 200-level to 400-level course that focuses on the interaction between media and broader culture.

New Media Theory (1 course): 200-level to 400-level course that focuses on new developments in the world of media. Offerings in this area include but are not limited to digital and web-based media.

Production (1 course): 100-level course that allows the student to gain an appreciation for how media is produced. Students may choose from any introductory level media production course.

Electives (2 courses): Recommended to be 300-level or higher, students may choose to broaden their theoretical base or may pursue further courses on the production side of the program.  

Minor or Virtual Minor: Students majoring in Media Study are required to have a minor or virtual minor. A list of acceptable minors offered by the university can be found in the course catalog. A virtual minor entails picking six courses from one department that will assist the student in understanding media. The student will have substantial independence in determining which courses to take for the virtual minor, but they must include two courses at the 200-level and 4 courses at the 300-level or 400-level. The student should discuss their choice of minor or virtual minor with the DMS advisor for apporoval. 

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