The Media Studies Minor offers space for reflection on how media shape our dreams, desires, and fears. It includes study of media theories and histories, contemporary world-changing technologies, and approaches to the future. The minor involves one required course, "Contemporary Media Theory," four electives, and a qualifying paper/project. You may declare the minor at any point; courses already taken can be counted. Please contact Liberal Arts Advisor Erich Kuersten for more information ([email protected]).
About The Minor
Media Studies is more than the study of mass media (though it's that too). With the rise of the Internet, the mediasphere has mutated radically. Today's media are interactive, digital, networked, and everywhere: from our hand-held devices, to our biotech, video games, software programs, social-networking sites, and even to reworked forms of older media such as film, photography, and yes, even the printed word. What does all this mean for our world, our identities, and our practices as artists, designers, writers, and architects?
Media studies considers the various forms media take in today's world, so as to help us get a sense of the ways media influence us, shape our dreams, desires, hopes, fears, political and professional aspirations. Looking at the history of media forms, the theories developed to help us understand them, and world-changing media objects and technologies, media studies is a field about our future.
How to Minor in Media Studies
A minor in Media Studies is easy. There's one required course, "Contemporary Media Theory," and from there, you simply take four additional electives in Media Studies. We strongly suggest that one of these courses have a substantial non-Western component. Electives relevant to media studies offered through Pratt’s Social Science and Cultural Studies Department (ie: African Cinema, Indian Cinema) or other departments may also be counted toward the minor with approval.
In order for a course to count for the minor, you must earn a grade of B- or better. You may register for the minor at any point during your undergraduate career at Pratt, and courses you’ve already taken can be counted towards it. Since declared minors are guaranteed registration in the relevant courses, it is to your advantage to declare the minor early on. If you register for the minor and decide later to opt out, there is no penalty. Please see Liberal Arts Advisor to declare the minor.
Completing the minor means submitting a Qualifying Paper/Project—generally a paper or project you’ve done for one of the classes that count towards the minor, which you feel represents your best work. The faculty member serving as Minor Coordinator will advise on any recommended revisions if necessary. You may submit a qualifying paper/project at any time, before or after you’ve completed the coursework for the minor.
For a list of courses that count toward the minor, please see below. If you believe that another course not listed here should count, please see the Liberal Arts Advisor. Relevant Independent Study courses (of one, two, or three credits) can count toward the minor with approval. For example, a one-credit Independent Study course may be a good option if the student is only one credit short of completing the required 15 credits.
HMS-440C Contemp. Media Theory (3 credits)
This course explores the transformation of society and consciousness by and as media technologies during the long 20th century; students will read some of the most influential works of media analysis written during the past century as well as explore cutting edge analysis generated during the last 20 years.
Minor in Media Studies
- Minor Requirements
Complete the following requirements:HMS-440C Topics in Cinema/Media Studies: Contemporary Media Theory Fiction, and DocumentaryORHMS-331C Topics in Cultural Studies: Games, Simulation and Performance PoliticsORHMS-340A Topics Cinema/Media Studies: The Artist in Fiction and FilmORHMS-340B Topics Cinema/Media Studies: Myth into FilmORHMS-340D Topics Cinema/Media Studies: Cinema and New MediaORHMS-340E Topics in Cinema/Media Studies: The Documentary ImageORHMS-340S Special Topics: Cinema/Media Studies Revolutionary Image: Film of the 1960'S FilmORHMS-341A Topics in World Cinema/Media: Hong Kong Global FilmORHMS-341B Topics in World Cinema/Media: Gender And Society in Postwar Japanese CinemaORHMS-341S Special Topics in World Cinema and MediaORHMS-342S Spt: European Cinema/Media FilmORHMS-390S Special Topics in Music and Sound StudiesORHMS-404E Topics in American Studies: Photography In American Literature and Culture Visual ArtORHMS-430B Topics in Literary/Cultural Theory: Rhizomatics: a Revolutionary Approach to Thought, Politics, and CreativityORHMS-430C Topics in Literary/Cultural Theory: Networks and Complex Systems Thought, Politics, and CreativityORHMS-432A Topics in Gender Studies: Feminist Film and Film Theory Thought, Politics, and CreativityORHMS-440A Topics in Cinema/Media Studies: Film's True Stories: Biography, Historical Fiction and DocumentaryORHMS-440B Topics in Cinema/Media Studies: Cinema And the Modern City Fiction, and DocumentaryORHMS-440E Topics in Cinema/Media Studies: The Poetics of Cinema Fiction, and DocumentaryORHMS-440F Topics in Cinema/Media Studies: Women In International Cinema Fiction, and DocumentaryORHMS-440H Topics in Cinema/Media Studies:Film Theory in PracticeORHMS-440I Topics in Cinema/Media Studies:Film SoundORHMS-440S Special Topics in Cinema and Media StudiesORHMS-490A Topics in Music: Electro-Acoustic MusicORHMS-491A Topics in Transdisciplinary Studies: Contemporary Artist's Books inORHA-341 Film: Early Film to WWIIORHA-343 AnimationORHA-425 Comtemporary International CinemaORHA-517 Documentary FilmORHA-551 Issues in Art HistoryORSS-355 Mass Media and SocietyORSS-370 Hip Hop CultureORSS-490 Special Topics