The Graduate Program in Media Studies M.A. consists of 30 credits taken over three semesters, and a thesis. The program can be completed in three semesters if you discover during the first two what you want to do as a final project/thesis, then prepare to complete it in the third semester. Even so, we generally recommend an extra semester to allow more to time to find, explore and develop the thesis/project that will best serve your interests.
The core sequence for the M.A. consists of Mediologies 1 and 2 (6 credits total) and Encounters 1 & 2 (2 credits total), Practices 1 and 2 (elective courses totaling 6 credits), seminars and project courses (electives totaling 12 credits), an Internship course (for those who wish; HMS 9700, 9701, 9702, 9703) and a final thesis with required Final Project/Thesis Workshop (4 credits total); and for those who wish, a “Thesis in Progress” course.
Mediologies courses (HMS 650a/b) provide students with crucial critical and theoretical tools; students take a sequence of two required introductory courses during their first semester. These courses are designed to address students with substantial experience in media studies as well as students with less exposure. Practices courses comprise a range of electives, including those taught in other programs, such as Digital Arts. These courses enable students to acquire basic competence in media aesthetics and production.
Encounters courses (HMS 549 a/b) enable students to engage directly with others working in media fields, and with timely issues and ideas, in an open-discussion “salon” environment. The Final Project/Thesis Workshop (HMS 659a) offers an intensive small support group in which students can develop and write their thesis; students who want more time to finish their thesis take HMS 659b (Thesis In Progress).
Students may also choose to undertake an internship for academic credit (HMS 9700, 9701, 9702, 9703) and professional enrichment.
In addition to core courses, the program offers a range of electives in areas of specialization and interdisciplinary constellations within media studies, enabling students to develop particular areas of concentration, first through coursework and then in their one-on-one work with thesis advisors. Faculty represent areas that include New Media, Documentary Studies, Global Media, Media and the Urban Environment, Media and Performance, Music/Sound Studies, Media/Attention Economies, Media Ecology, Archaeology of (New) Media, and Media, Activism, and Social Change.