Overview

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.

Required Course

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

Minor in Media Studies

  • Minor Requirements

    Complete the following requirements:

    HMS-440C Topics in Cinema/Media Studies: Contemporary Media Theory Fiction, and Documentary

    OR
    HMS-331C Topics in Cultural Studies: Games, Simulation and Performance Politics
    OR
    HMS-340A Topics Cinema/Media Studies: The Artist in Fiction and Film
    OR
    HMS-340B Topics Cinema/Media Studies: Myth into Film
    OR
    HMS-340D Topics Cinema/Media Studies: Cinema and New Media
    OR
    HMS-340E Topics in Cinema/Media Studies: The Documentary Image
    OR
    HMS-340S Special Topics: Cinema/Media Studies Revolutionary Image: Film of the 1960'S Film
    OR
    HMS-341A Topics in World Cinema/Media: Hong Kong Global Film
    OR
    HMS-341B Topics in World Cinema/Media: Gender And Society in Postwar Japanese Cinema
    OR
    HMS-341S Special Topics in World Cinema and Media
    OR
    HMS-342S Spt: European Cinema/Media Film
    OR
    HMS-390S Special Topics in Music and Sound Studies
    OR
    HMS-404E Topics in American Studies: Photography In American Literature and Culture Visual Art
    OR
    HMS-430B Topics in Literary/Cultural Theory: Rhizomatics: a Revolutionary Approach to Thought, Politics, and Creativity
    OR
    HMS-430C Topics in Literary/Cultural Theory: Networks and Complex Systems Thought, Politics, and Creativity
    OR
    HMS-432A Topics in Gender Studies: Feminist Film and Film Theory Thought, Politics, and Creativity
    OR
    HMS-440A Topics in Cinema/Media Studies: Film's True Stories: Biography, Historical Fiction and Documentary
    OR
    HMS-440B Topics in Cinema/Media Studies: Cinema And the Modern City Fiction, and Documentary
    OR
    HMS-440E Topics in Cinema/Media Studies: The Poetics of Cinema Fiction, and Documentary
    OR
    HMS-440F Topics in Cinema/Media Studies: Women In International Cinema Fiction, and Documentary
    OR
    HMS-440H Topics in Cinema/Media Studies:Film Theory in Practice
    OR
    HMS-440I Topics in Cinema/Media Studies:Film Sound
    OR
    HMS-440S Special Topics in Cinema and Media Studies
    OR
    HMS-490A Topics in Music: Electro-Acoustic Music
    OR
    HMS-491A Topics in Transdisciplinary Studies: Contemporary Artist's Books in
    OR
    HA-341 Film: Early Film to WWII
    OR
    HA-343 Animation
    OR
    HA-425 Comtemporary International Cinema
    OR
    HA-517 Documentary Film
    OR
    HA-551 Issues in Art History
    OR
    SS-355 Mass Media and Society
    OR
    SS-370 Hip Hop Culture
    OR
    SS-490 Special Topics