Major/Minor in Media Studies

Mass media forms, from print, photography, film, radio and broadcast television to interactive and social media are shaping the course of global history as well as the daily routines of individual lives.  New and emerging platforms and applications of digital culture play key roles in the transformations underway in contemporary society and culture. The major in Media Studies teaches students to think systematically about the workings and meanings of these rapidly changing technologies, activities and systems and their manifold cultural impacts across the globe.

Students majoring and minoring in Media Studies will:

  • engage with ideas relating to how media shape society and how they can be used for broad societal impact;
  • cultivate a perspective of engaged citizenship by learning how to navigate, filter, and evaluate mediated information and imagery; and
  • consider media forms, content, reception and production in local, national and international/global contexts of creativity, art, technology, and industry.
  • Analyze the forms and functions of media, understanding them in relation to histories and theories of aesthetics, cultural production, genre, narrative, and communications.

The Media Studies major and minor provide an interdisciplinary experience focused on old, new and digital media and bring together courses taught by professors from across the campus whose research and expertise address a range of topics in media arts and studies.  The major is comprised of over forty courses from ten different departments or programs: American Studies, Anthropology, East Asian Studies/ Japanese Studies, Film and Media Studies, IDS, Political Science, Religion, REES and Sociology. 

Media Studies enhances its course curriculum with special screenings and guest speakers on campus, in addition to off-campus internships and film festivals. The department is very much a part of the film community in Atlanta and beyond. There are plenty of places in Atlanta to see films of every imaginable genre.

Why Study Media?

The major and minor in Media Studies allow students to choose from among a wide array course offerings from which they can focus on particular media issues-commerce and creativity, art and industry, popular culture, and political power. It also brings together interested professors from across the campus whose own research addresses a range of topics in media arts and studies. Importantly, the new Media Studies major and minor address all framing principles of Emory's Strategic Plan, as updated in September 2009.

Requirement for the Major:

To complete the Media Studies major, students will take eleven courses which include:

  • seven foundational courses in core areas, and
  • four additional courses in any one of four concentrations or a selection of four courses from different concentrations.
Foundational Courses:
1. FILM 204 Introduction to Media Studies
2. FILM 270 Introduction to Film
3. FILM 208 Digital Media and Culture
4. One course in Media Theory, History and Criticism
Choose from:

ENGCW 379 RW Special Topics - Fifty Shades of Grey: Journalism and Nonfiction Ethics

ENGCW385 RW/ HIST 387RW/ AAS 387RW/ AMST 387RW - Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project

ENG328W Race, Gender, and Media Making

FILM 356 History of American TV

FILM 373 Special Topics in Film

FILM 380 Video Games

FILM 382 Contemporary Film and Media Theory

FILM 389 Special Topics in Media

FILM 390 Children and the Media

FILM 393 Documentary Film

FILM 408 Media, Time and Space

IDS 216 Visual Culture

RUSS 373/FILM 375: The Russian Avant-Garde: Visual & Verbal Culture
5.
Choose from:

ENG201W/IDS201W: Multimedia Journalism

ENGCW 376RW Intermediate Nonfiction -- Long form narrative writing (magazine writing)

ENG 380W: Health and Science Writing

FILM 106 Photography I

FILM 107 Intro to Digital Video**

FILM 206r Topics in Photography

FILM 300R Filmmaking Practicum

FILM 385 Documentary Filmmaking I

IDS 385 (when Ethnographic Cinema)

POLS 386/FILM 389 Guerrilla Political Videography
6. One course in Socio-Cultural Approaches to Media
Choose from:

AAS 190 Freshman Seminar when, Covering Ethnic Communities

AAS 275 Black Images in the Media

AFS 389/SOC 389: Special Topics, when Media, Islam, Social Movement

AFS 389/SOC389: Spec Topics, when Youth, Gender & Popular Culture: Africa (also ANT 385/WGSS 385)

AMST 385W/FILM 389: Special Topics, when Advertising in American Culture

ANT 341/SOC 389: Communication, Technology & Culture (also LING 341)

ANT 342 Media and Culture

ANT 343: African Popular Culture (also IDS/AMST 370)

ANT 385 Special Topics (when Visual Anthropology)

FILM 390 Children and the Media

PHIL 351: Media Ethics

POLS 379 Politics in Music

POLS 490R: Advanced Seminar: Political Communication

POLS 490: Cities, Power, and Cinema

REL 369R: Religion, Film and Media

REL 370: Special Topics, when Islam, Media & Pop Culture (Cross listed with FILM 389)

SOC 190 Freshman Seminar: Advertising

SOC 325 Sociology of Film

SOC 327 Language and Symbols of Mass Media (also LING 327)

SOC 343 Mass Media and Social Influences

SOC 443S Sociology of Music

SOC 383: Advertising: the World Between Words and Images (also LING 383)

7. One 400 level course:
Choose from:

FILM 401: Film and Media Criticism

FILM 403: The Biz

FILM 404R: Gender in Film and Media;

FILM 408: Media, Time and Space

POLS 490R: Advanced Seminar: Political Communication

POLS 490: Cities, Power, and Cinema

SOC 443: Sociology of Music

To complete the major choose any four courses listed below. None of the courses below can count as fulfilling the concentration if it has already fulfilled requirements 4 through 7.

*Optional Concentration: Courses are grouped by category if you would like to pursue a concentration within the major.

*Students are NOT required to do a concentration—this is optional. Any 4 electives listed will complete the major.

A. Media Theory, History and Criticism (any four not taken in fulfillment of requirement 4 above)

AFS 389/SOC 389: Special Topics, when Media, Islam, Social Movement

AMST 321/ HIST 385 American Routes

ENGCW 379 RW Special Topics - Fifty Shades of Grey: Journalism and Nonfiction Ethics

ENGCW385 RW/ HIST 387RW/ AAS 387RW/ AMST 387RW - Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project

ENG328W Race, Gender, and Media Making

FILM 356 History of American TV

FILM 373 Special Topics in Film

FILM 380 Video Games

FILM 382 Contemporary Film and Media Theory

FILM 389 Special Topics in Media

FILM 390 Children and the Media

FILM 392 Genre Studies

FILM 393 Documentary Film

FILM 408 Time Across Media

IDS 216 Visual Culture
B. Media Making (any four not taken in fulfillment of requirement 5 above)

ENG201W/IDS201W: Multimedia Journalism

ENGCW 376R RW Intermediate Nonfiction -- Long form narrative writing (magazine writing)

ENG 380W: Health and Science Writing

FILM106: Photography I

FILM 107: Intro to Digital Video**

FILM 206R: Photography II

FILM 300R Filmmaking Practicum

FILM 385: Documentary Filmmaking I

FILM 386: Documentary Filmmaking II

FILM 399: Filmmaking Internship

IDS 385/ANT 385: (when Ethnographic Cinema)

POLS 385/FILM 389: when Guerilla Pol Videography

**Demand is high for this course, so register early in your course of study.  It is also a prerequisite for most other production courses in the Department of Film and Media Studies.

C. Non-U.S. Media

ANT 385: (when Visual Anthropology)

CHN 271WR: Modern China in Films and Fiction

CHN 360WR/Asia 360WR/WS 360WR: Chinese Women in Film and Fiction

CHN 394: Screening China

FILM 395: National Cinemas: Western

FILM 396: National Cinemas: Non-Western

GER 340: German Film

JPN/EAS 363: Literary and Visual Culture in Japan

JPN 378W/EAS 378W: Postwar Japan Through its Media

REL 369R: Religion, Film and Media (when Picturing Tibet)

RUSS 373/FILM 375: The Russian Avant-Garde: Visual & Verbal Culture
D. Social/Cultural Methods in Media Studies (any 4 not taken in fulfillment of area 6 above)

AAS 190: Freshman Seminar when, Covering Ethnic Communities

AAS 275: Black Images in the Media

ANT 342: Media and Culture

ANT 385: (when Visual Anthropology)

FILM 390: Children and the Media

POLS 379: Politics in Music

POLS 385/FILM 373: Media and Politics in Comparative Perspective

POLS 490R: Advanced Seminar: Political Communication

POLS 490: Cities, Power, and Cinema

SOC 190: Freshman Seminar: Advertising

SOC 325: Sociology of Film

SOC 327: Language and Symbols of Mass Media (also LING 327)

SOC 343: Mass Media and Social Influences

SOC 383: Advertising: the World Between Words and Images (also LING 383)

SOC 443S: Sociology of Music

The minor in Media Studies allows students to choose from among a wide array course offerings from which they can focus on particular media issues-commerce and creativity, art and industry, popular culture, and political power. It also brings together interested professors from across the campus whose own research addresses a range of topics in media arts and studies. Importantly, the new minor addresses all framing principles of Emory's Strategic Plan, as updated in September 2009. Click here for more information about the minor in Media Studies.

Students who minor in Media Studies must take FILM/IDS 204, Introduction to Media Studies.

The remainder of the minor allows students to pursue one of two tracks: either Media Arts and Cultures (Concentration #1) or Sociocultural Approaches to Media (Concentration #2).

Concentration #1:

Media Arts and Cultures : Requirements, 7 courses total. *

Note: One course in Area 2 is a prerequisite for courses in Areas 3 and 4.

1.      Foundation Course :

  • FILM/IDS 204: Introduction to Media Studies

2.      One course in methods of Visual Analysis/Media Literacy

  • ENG 201W/IDS201W: Multimedia Journalism
  • ENG 380RW: Health and Science Writing
  • FILM 208: Digital Media and Culture
  • FILM 270: Introduction to Film (or FILM 190 Freshman Seminar when taught as Introduction to Film) Note: FILM 270 is a prerequisite to any subsequent film courses on this list except FILM 356, 371 and 372.
  • FILM 371: History of Film to 1954
  • FILM 372: History of Film since 1954
  • FILM 401W : Film Criticism
  • FILM 408: Media, Time and Space
  • IDS 216: Visual Culture

3.      Three courses in Media Theory, History and Criticism.  At least one course must be on non-U.S. media

  • AFS 389/SOC 389: Special Topics, when Media, Islam, Social Movement
  • AMST 321/HIST 385: American Routes
  • CHN 271W: Modern China in Films and Fiction
  • CHN 360W/EAS 360W/WS 360W: Chinese Women in Film and Fiction
  • CHN 394: Screening China
  • EAS 363W: Literary and Visual Culture in Japan
  • ENG328W Race, Gender, and Media Making
  • ENGCW 379: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY: Ethics in Journalism and Nonfiction Writing
  • ENGCW385 RW/ HIST 387RW/ AAS 387RW/ AMST 387RW - Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project
  • FILM 356: History of American Television
  • FILM 373: Special Topics in Film
  • FILM 380: Video Games
  • FILM 382 Contemporary Film and Media Theory
  • FILM 389: Special Topics in Media
  • FILM 390 Children and the Media
  • FILM 392R: Genre Studies
  • FILM 393: Documentary Film & Media History
  • FILM 395R: National Cinemas: Western
  • FILM 396R: National Cinemas: Non-Western
  • FILM 401W: Film Criticism
  • FILM 404: Gender in Film and Media
  • FILM 405R: Experimental/Avant-Garde Cinema
  • GER 340: German Film
  • IDS 385: Special Topics when Imaging Bodies, Screening Lives
  • JPN 375/Film 396R: National Cinemas: Japanese Film
  • JPN 378W/EAS 378W: Postwar Japan Through its Media
  • RUSS 373/FILM 375: The Russian Avant-Garde: Visual  & Verbal Culture

4.      One course from Sociocultural Approaches to Media:

  • AAS 190 Freshman Seminar, when Covering Ethnic Communities
  • AAS 275 Black Images in the Media
  • AFS 389/SOC389: Spec Topics, when Youth, Gender & Popular Culture: Africa (also ANT 385/WGSS 385)
  • AMST 385W/FILM 389: Special Topics, when Advertising in American Culture
  • ANT 341/SOC 389: Communication, Technology & Culture (also LING 341)
  • ANT 342: Media and Culture
  • ANT 343: African Popular Culture (also IDS/AMST 370)
  • ANT 385: Special Topics, when Visual Anthropology
  • ANT 385: Ethnographic Cinema
  • FILM 390: Children and Media
  • PHIL 351: Media Ethics
  • POLS 379: Politics in Music
  • POLS 385/FILM 373: Media and Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • POLS 490R: Advanced Seminar: Political Communication
  • POLS 490: Cities, Power, and Cinema
  • REL 369R: Religion, Film & Media
  • REL 370: Special Topics, when Islam, Media & Pop Culture (Cross listed with FILM 389)
  • SOC 190: Freshman Seminar, when Advertising
  • SOC 325: Sociology of Film
  • SOC 327: Language and Symbols of Mass Media (also LING 327)
  • SOC 343: Mass Media and Social Influences
  • SOC 383:  Advertising: The World between Words and Images (also LING 383)
  • SOC 443: Senior Seminar: Sociology of Music

5.      One course in media-making.:

  • ENG201W/IDS201W: Multimedia Journalism
  • ENGCW 376R RW Intermediate Nonfiction -- Long form narrative writing (magazine writing)
  • ENG 380RW: Health and Science Writing
  • FILM 106: Photography I
  • FILM 107: Introduction to Digital Video **
  • FILM 206R Photography II
  • FILM 385: Documentary Filmmaking I
  • POLS 386/FILM 389: Guerrilla Political Videography

*Students may petition for approval of unlisted special topics or independent study courses in which the majority of the content focuses on media.

**Demand is high for this course, so register early in your course of study.  It is also a prerequisite for most other production courses in the Department of Film and Media Studies.

Concentration #2

Sociocultural Approaches to Media : Requirements, 7 courses total. *

Note: One course in Area 2 is a prerequisite for courses in Areas 3 and 4.

1.      Foundation course :

  • FILM/IDS 204: Introduction to Media Studies

2.      One course in methods of Visual Analysis/Media Literacy (one of the following):

  • ENG201W/IDS201W: Multimedia Journalism
  • ENG 380RW: Health and Science Writing
  • FILM 208: Digital Media and Culture
  • FILM 270: Introduction to Film (or FILM 190 Freshman Seminar when taught as Introduction to Film) ) Note: FILM 270 is a prerequisite to any subsequent film courses on this list except FILM 356, 371 and 372.
  • FILM 371: History of Film to 1954
  • FILM 372: History of Film since 1954
  • FILM 401W : Film Criticism
  • FILM 408: Media, Time and Space
  • IDS 216: Visual Culture

3.      Three courses from Sociocultural Approaches to Media (3 of the following):

  • AAS 190 Freshman Seminar, when Covering Ethnic Communities
  • AAS 275 Black Images in the Media
  • AFS 389: Special Topics, when Media, Islam, Social Movement
  • AFS 389: Spec Topics, when Youth, Gender and Popular Culture: Africa (ANT 385/WGSS 385)
  • AMST 385W/FILM 389: Special Topics, when Advertising in American Culture
  • ANT 341: Communication, Technology & Culture (also LING 341)
  • ANT 342: Media and Culture
  • ANT 343: African Popular Culture (also IDS/AMST 370)
  • ANT 385: Special Topics, when Visual Anthropology
  • ANT 385: Ethnographic Cinema
  • FILM 390: Children and Media
  • PHIL 351: Media Ethics
  • POLS 379: Politics in Music
  • POLS 385/FILM 373: Media and Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • POLS 490R: Advanced Seminar: Political Communication
  • POLS 490: Cities, Power, and Cinema
  • REL 369R: Religion, Film & Media
  • REL 370: Special Topics, when Islam, Media & Pop Culture (Crosslisted with FILM 389)
  • SOC 190: Freshman Seminar. when Advertising
  • SOC 325: Sociology of Film
  • SOC 327: Language and Symbols of Mass Media (also LING 327)
  • SOC 343: Mass Media and Social Influences
  • SOC 383:  Advertising: The World between Words and Images (also LING 383)
  • SOC 443: Senior Seminar: Sociology of Music

4.      One course in Media Theory, History and Criticism (1 of the following):

  • AFS 389/SOC 389: Special Topics, when Media, Islam, Social Movement
  • AMST 321/HIST 385: American Routes
  • CHN 271W: Modern China in Films and Fiction
  • CHN 360W/ASIA 360W/WS 360W: Chinese Women in Film and Fiction
  • CHN 394:   Screening China
  • EAS 363W: Literary and Visual Culture in Japan
  • ENG328W Race, Gender, and Media Making
  • ENGCW 379: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY: Ethics in Journalism and Nonfiction Writing
  • ENGCW385 RW/ HIST 387RW/ AAS 387RW/ AMST 387RW - Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project
  • FILM 356: History of American Television
  • FILM 373: Special Topics in Film
  • FILM 380: Video Games
  • FILM 382 Contemporary Film and Media Theory
  • FILM 389: Special Topics in Media
  • FILM 390 Children and the Media
  • FILM 392R: Genre Studies
  • FILM 393: Documentary Film & Media History
  • FILM 395R: National Cinemas: Western
  • FILM 396R: National Cinemas: Non-Western
  • FILM 401: Film Criticism
  • FILM 404: Gender in Film and Media
  • FILM 405R: Experimental/Avant-Garde Cinema
  • GER 340: German Film
  • IDS 385: Special Topics when Imaging Bodies, Screening Lives
  • JPN 375/Film 396: National Cinemas: Japanese Film
  • JPN 378W/Asia 378W: Postwar Japan Through its Media
  • RUSS 373/FILM 375: The Russian Avant-Garde: Visual  & Verbal Culture

5.      One elective. One additional course from either section 2, 3, or 4 above, or one of the following in media making:

  • ENG201W/IDS201W: Multimedia Journalism
  • ENGCW 376R RW Intermediate Nonfiction -- Long form narrative writing (magazine writing)
  • ENG 380RW: Health and Science Writing
  • FILM 106: Photography I
  • FILM 107: Introduction to Digital Video **
  • FILM 206R Photography II
  • FILM 385: Documentary Filmmaking I
  • POLS 386/FILM 389: Guerrilla Political Videography

*Students may petition for approval of unlisted special topics or independent study courses in which the majority of the content focuses on media.

**Demand is high for this course, so register early in your course of study.  It is also a prerequisite for most other production courses in the Department of Film and Media Studies.

About the Minor in Media Studies

Emory College's interdisciplinary minor in Media Studies provides students with a critical understanding of the many modes of media that shape their experience of the world. Drawing on intellectual resources from many quarters of the Emory community, the minor in Media Studies will integrate theory and practice of media, combining historical and critical perspectives on a variety of media forms with opportunities for hands-on creative and analytical work in media making. In a word, the minor's goal is critical fluency in today's global mediascape.

The minor focuses on how media shape society and how they can be used for broad societal impact; it cultivates a perspective of engaged citizenship by teaching students how to navigate, filter, and evaluate mediated information and imagery; it is constitutively concerned with creativity, art and innovation in relation to a range of disciplinary inquiries; its reach is local and international in equal measures; and as a cross-disciplinary undertaking, it is the very definition of strategic collaboration across the campus in pursuit of new knowledge.

The minor in Media Studies equips undergraduates with the tools and perspectives they need to become media literate, media savvy and media fluent is one of the vital roles of liberal education in the 21st century.