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:

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                                                                      

JRNL 430 Journalism History and Ethics

5.     One course in media making                                                       
Choose from:

FILM 106 Photography I                                                                  

FILM 206r Topics in Photography                                                                          

FILM 107 Intro to Digital Video                                                       

FILM 385 Documentary Filmmaking I                                             

IDS 201/JRNL 201 News Reporting and Writing                             

IDS 385WJRNL 380W Health and Science Writing                          

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

ANT 342 Media and Culture                                                            

ANT 385 Special Topics (when Visual Anthropology)                               

FILM 390 Children and the Media 

POLS 379 Politics in Music                                                              

POLS 490R: Advanced Seminar: Political Communication

POLS 490: Cities, Power, and Cinema                                              

REL 369r Religion and Film                                                                        

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

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 (new course): Media, Time and Space                             

JRNL 430 Journalism History and Ethics                                         

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. If you would like to pursue a concentration within the major, these four courses must come from the same category.  None of the courses below can count as fulfilling the concentration if it has already fulfilled requirements 4 through 7.
A.   Media Theory, History and Criticism (any four not taken in fulfillment of requirement 4 above)

AMST 321/ HIST 385 American Routes

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 Time Across Media                                                         

IDS 216 Visual Culture                                                                      

JRNL 430 Journalism History and Ethics                                                                

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

FILM106 Photography I                                                                               

FILM 107 Intro to Digital Video                                                                   

FILM 206R Photography II                                                              

FILM 385 Documentary Filmmaking I                                             

FILM 386 Documentary Filmmaking II                                            

FILM 399 Filmmaking Internship                                                     

IDS 201/JRNL 201 News Reporting and Writing                 

IDS 385W/JRNL 380W Health and Science Writing

IDS 385 (when Ethnographic Cinema)                                              

POLS 385/FILM 389 when Guerilla Pol Videography               

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                                     

JPN/EAS 363Literary and Visual Culture in Japan                           

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

REL 369r Religion and Film                                                              

RUSS 373 Russian Art and Literature: Russian Avant-Garde      

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 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 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

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 or 190 as above are prerequisites to any subsequent film courses on this list except FILM 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

IDS201/JRNL 201: News Reporting and Writing

IDS 216: Visual Culture

JRNL 430: Journalism History & Ethics

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

EAS 363W: Literary and Visual Culture in Japan

CHN 271W: Modern China in Films and Fiction

CHN 360W/EAS 360W/WS 360W: Chinese Women in Film and Fiction

CHN 394: Screening China

FILM 356: History of American Television

FILM 373: Special Topics in Film

FILM 380: Video Games

FILM 389: Special Topics in 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

JPN 375/Film 396R: National Cinemas: Japanese Film

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

RUSS 373: The Russian Avant-Garde

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

FILM 390: Children and 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 & 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 443: Senior Seminar: Sociology of Music

5. One course in media-making:

FILM 106: Photography I

FILM 107: Introduction to Digital Video

FILM 206R Photography II

FILM 306R: Photography III

FILM 385: Documentary Filmmaking I

IDS/JRNL 201: News Reporting and Writing

IDS385W/JRNL 380W: Health and Science Writing

JRNL 450: News Video

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.

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):

FILM 208: Digital Media and Culture

FILM 270: Introduction to Film (or FILM 190 Freshman Seminar when taught as Introduction to Film)

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 201/JRNL 201: News Reporting and Writing

IDS 216: Visual Culture

JRNL 430: Journalism History & Ethics

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

FILM 390: Children and 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 & 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 443: Senior Seminar: Sociology of Music

4. One course from the Humanities (1 of the following):

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

AMST 321/HIST 385: American Routes

ESA 363W: Literary and Visual Culture in Japan

CHN 271W: Modern China in Films and Fiction

CHN 360W/ASIA 360W/WS 360W: Chinese Women in Film and Fiction

CHN 394:   Screening China

FILM  107: Introduction to Digital Video

FILM 356: History of American Television

FILM 373: Special Topics in Film

FILM 380: Video Games

FILM 389: Special Topics in 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: The Russian Avant-Garde

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

FILM 106: Photography I

FILM 107: Introduction to Digital Video

FILM 206R Photography II

FILM 306R: Photography III

FILM 385: Documentary Filmmaking I

IDS 201/JRNL 201: News Reporting and Writing

IDS 385W/JRNL 380W: Health and Science Writing

JRNL 450: News Video

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.

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.