College of Communication > Academics > Communication and Media > Graduate Program > Communication and Media (MA) > Media & Cinema Studies Concentration

Media & Cinema Studies Concentration Requirements

​​​​​​The Media and Cinema Studies concentration focuses on the critical skills, historical grounding, and research methodologies for understanding the cultural and social impact of film, television and digital media in our globalized society.

Our graduate seminar classes investigate current media-related topics through interdisciplinary perspectives including national and transnational media, film and media histories. The impact and potential of new technologies, the power of audiovisual media in society, the role of media in the formation of identities, aesthetics and popular culture, are also examined.

This concentration will be of interest to those seeking to prepare for a PhD program or to further their careers in the film, television and digital media fields.​

Course Requirements

The Media and Cinema Studies concentration requires 5 courses (20 credit hours). 

Media and Cinema Studies Concentration Core Course

Students must take one Media and Cinema Studies core course (4 credit hours). 

Course Title Quarter Hours
MCS 502MEDIA AND CULTURAL STUDIES4

Elective Courses

Students must take a total of 4 MCS electives (16 credit hours). These electives are included as part of the 9 electives (36 credits) students must take to fulfill the requirements of the Communication and Media degree. Topics courses can be taken multiple times for credit as long as the specific topic differs each time. 

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select four media and cinema studies electives:16
MCS 501
FILM AND MEDIA THEORY
MCS 503
CRITICAL ANALYSIS
MCS 520
TOPICS IN MEDIA STUDIES
MCS 521
TOPICS IN CINEMA STUDIES
MCS 522
TOPICS IN CINEMA/MEDIA HISTORY
MCS 523
TOPICS IN GLOBAL FILM & MEDIA
MCS 530
NEW MEDIA AND CULTURE
MCS 533
LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA/MEDIA
MCS 541
AUDIO DOCUMENTARY
MCS 542
TOPICS IN PRODUCTION
MCS 544
TOPICS IN DOCUMENTARY STUDIES
MCS 550
FANDOM AND ACTIVE AUDIENCES
MCS 575
DIGITAL MEDIA ETHICS
MCS 587
SOUND AND VISION

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