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.

Major Requirements

Eleven courses are needed to completed the Media Studies major.  All classes must be taken as "graded" to count towards the major.  No S/U credits will be accepted.

Seven foundational courses in core areas are required.

  1. FILM/IDS 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
  5. One course in Media Making
  6. One course in Socio-Cultural Approaches to Media
  7. One 400 level course

An additional four courses are also required in any of our four concentrations, described below. None of the courses below can count as fulfilling the concentration if it has already fulfilled requirements 4 through 7. Concentrations can be pursued by grouping these courses by category, however, a fulfilling a concentration is not required.

  1. Media Theory, History and Criticism
  2. Media Making
  3. Non-U.S. Media
  4. Socio-Cultural Approaches in Media Studies

Minor Requirements

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.

All classes must be taken as "graded" to count towards the minor.  No S/U credits will be accepted. 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:

  1. Media Arts and Cultures

    The Media Arts and Cultures concentration requires 7 total courses:

    1. Foundation Course: FILM/IDS 204: Introduction to Media Studies
    2. One course in Methods of Visual Analysis/Media Literacy
    3. Three courses in Media Theory, History and Criticism; at least one course must be on non-U.S. media. 
    4. One course in Sociocultural Approaches to Media
    5. One course in Media Making
  2. Sociocultural Approaches to Media

    The Sociocultural Approaches to Media concentration requires 7 total coures:

    1. Foundation Course: FILM/IDS 204: Introduction to Media Studies
    2. One course in Methods of Visual Analysis/Media Literacy
    3. Three courses in Sociocultural Approaches to Media
    4. One course in Media Theory, History and Criticism
    5. One elective course in either sections 2, 3 or 4 from above, or a course in Media Making

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.