Courses

Living in a Media World

A survey introduction to the social, political, and economic functions and purposes of the media, focusing primarily on media in the United States. Topics covered include media literacy, theories of media in society, media technologies, and the development and operation of media industries, including online and social media, newspapers, magazines, books, music, television, film, video games, journalism, advertising and public relations. Intended for students at all levels.

Media History

A topic-centered investigation to the development of media from prehistory to the present, with a specific concentration of the historical relationships of the media with the American nation and culture. Topics include media and technology, media and commerce, media and revolution, media and democracy, and media and war. Throughout the course, students construct an interactive timeline of media across human history. Intended for intermediate and advanced students.

Media Ethics

A topic-centered investigation of philosophical and ethical frameworks, concerns, and issues in the media industries. Topics include media and social responsibility, media and privacy, media and accountability, and media and the public interest. Students in the course study a variety of approaches to ethical problem-solving through case studies from actual media professionals and organizations. Intended for intermediate and advanced students.

Multimedia Storytelling

An introduction to the theories, tools, and techniques of storytelling for interactive multimedia,  including blogs and social media platforms. Students in this course investigate a variety of story forms and structures, and examine how story forms and structures change for different audiences and media channels. Students work with basic production tools and techniques for creating and distributing text, image, audio, and video content. Intended for introductory students.

Audio, Video, and Interactive Multimedia Production

These are term-long courses, each focused on production theories, tools, and techniques of a specific medium. Topics include hardware and software tools, production planning, studio and field production techniques, post-production editing, and program distribution. Students undertake a series of knowledge and skill-building exercises and a substantial creative project.  Intended for intermediate students.

Advanced Audio, Video, and Interactive Multimedia

These are individual studies, each tailored to the specific needs of students interested in pursuing an extensive and substantial projects in a specific medium. Students study intermediate and advanced approaches to production and post production techniques and processes.  In addition, students assist the faculty instructor as peer instructors in the classroom and media lab facilities.

Electronic Media Writing

An iterative approach to the study of writing for radio, television, and online media. Students study elements of language, scripting, and document forms used in electronic media; and create and refine news, features, commentary, advertising, and public relations content for a variety of electronic media. Students undertake a series of knowledge and skill-building exercises and a substantial creative project.  Intended for intermediate students.

Electronic Media Practices

An experience-based introduction to programming, production, and operations for broadcast radio, television, and online media organizations. Students are introduced to basic audio and video production skills,  studio and business practices, legal and policy issues, professional standards and methods. Intended for students involved in student media organizations and activities.

Sports Media Practices

An experience-based introduction to programming, production, and operations for sports media organizations. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of event preparation, sportscasting,  audio and video production skills, legal and policy issues, professional standards and methods. Intended for students involved in sports information or student media organizations and activities.

Senior Capstone

The capstone seminar for majors in media studies, integrating theoretical and practical aspects of all previous coursework. Students undertake an examination of the enduring issues in media  studies, prepare a portfolio of course and professional work, and complete an advanced media or research project tailored to their skills and interests. Students complete oral presentations of their portfolios and projects for faculty and the public.

Inquiry Seminar: Rock’n’Roll

An iterative approach to the study of college-level writing, with a focus on the cultural development of rock’n’roll music in the United States from 1950 to 1970. Students engage in listening, viewing, reading experiences, and a series of writing exercises that help to develop skills in research, reasoning, critical thinking, and personal expression. 

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