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MCS Certificate

Completing a Certificate in Media and Communication Studies

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The certificate is 25 credits, divided as follows:

 

CORE COURSES (16 credits)
Course Number Course Name
MCS 101 Media Literacy
MCS 222 Introduction to Media & Communication Studies
MCS 333 History and Theory of Mass Communication and Media Studies
MCS 334 Media, Communication and Globalization
MCS 404 Internship

 

ELECTIVE CREDITS (9 credits)

Certificate students take all 3 elective courses (9 credits) in one of the following areas (see list of recommended course sequences for each area below) one course (3 credits) of which must be at the 300 level or above:

 

CRITICAL MEDIA STUDIES (6 credits)
Course Number(s) Course Name

GEP

AFST 205 Contemporary Black Popular Culture
AFST 245 Introduction to Black Music

C/AH

AMST 100 Introduction to American Studies
AMST 320 Television in American Culture

AH

AMST 321 Radio in American Culture

AH

AMST 322 American Society and Culture in Film

AH

AMST 324 The Road Movie in America and Abroad
AMST327 Sports and Media in American Society
AMST 325 Studies in American Popular Culture

AH

AMST 357 Special Topics in Global America
ANTH 211 Cultural Anthropology

C/SS

ANTH/SOCY 416 Cyberspace Culture
ART 215 Introduction to Art and Media Studies
ART 221 Art History II

AH

ART 323 20th Century Art

AH

ART 324 History of Film: Origins to 1965

AH

ART 325 History of Film and Video 1965-Present

AH

ART 326 History of Photo 1

AH

ART 327 Contemporary Directions in Photography

AH

ART 342 Film/Video Theory and Criticism
ART 343 History of Animation
ART 380 History and Theory of Games
ART 423 Art since 1945
ART 428 Theory and Practice of the Art Museum
ART 429 Seminar in Art History and Theory
ENGL 332 Literature of Non-fiction
ENGL 324 Theories of Communication and Technology
GWST 310 Gender and Inequality

AH

GWST 320 International Women Directors
GWST 322 Women and the Media

AH

GWST323 Gender and Sitcoms
GWST 349 Women and Theatre

AH

MCS 101 Media Literacy
MLL 320 International Women Directors
MUSC 214 History of Jazz

AH

MUSC 217 Rock: 1950-Present

AH

MUSC 230 Music of the World

AH

MUSC 330 Popular Musics of the non-Western World
MUSC 336 The Beatles
MUSC 480 Topics in Music, Art, & Society- Music majors only
POLI 433 First Amendment Freedoms
SOCY 397 Spec. Topics: Media and Society
THTR 210 History of Theatre I

AH

THTR 211 History of Theatre II

AH

THTR 349 Women and Theatre
THTR 360 Modern Theatre I – Social Protest

AH/WI

VPA 225 Ideas in the Arts

AH

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (6 credits)
Course Number(s) Course Name

GEP

AMST 200 Multicultural America

AH

AMST 352 US in Global Perspective

C/AH

AMST 375 Studies in Asian American Culture
AMST 380 Community in America

AH

ANTH 211 Cultural Anthropology

C/SS

ANTH 310 Ethnographic Film
GWST 322 Women and the Media
HIST 371 History and Film

C

MCS 390 Transcultural Studies in Global Television
MLL 190 The World of Language I
MLL 191 The World of Language II
MLL 213 Film and Society in Spain

C

MLL 218 Film and Society in Latin America

C

MLL220 Film and Society in China
MLL 230 World Language Communities

C

MLL 250 Introduction to the French-Speaking World
MLL 263 Popular Music and National Identity in German-Speaking Countries
MLL 270 Introduction to Russian Culture and Civilization

C

MLL 271 Introduction to Modern Russian Civilization and Culture

C

MLL 280 Introduction to the Spanish-Speaking World

C

MLL 301 Textual Analysis: Words, Images, Music

AH

MLL 305 Introduction to Intercultural Communication
MLL 306 Intercultural Communications: Issues Confronting Immigrant and Heritage Communities
MLL 310 Intercultural Studies of International Film

C

MLL 320 International Women Directors
MLL 332 Introduction to German Cultural Thought
MLL 406 History and Theory of Intercultural Media
MLL 425 Intercultural and Cross-cultural Communication
MLL 495 Intercultural Video Production
POLI 260 Comparative Politics
POLI 280 International Politics

SS

RUSS 315 Studies in Russian Film
SOCY 210 Class and Inequality in the US

SS

 

 

NEW MEDIA AND APPLIED COMMUNICATION (6 credits)
Course Number(s) Course Name

GEP

ART 210 Visual Concepts I—2 Dimensions
ART 211 Visual Concepts II—Camera Vision
ART 213 Visual Concepts IV: Time-based Media
ART 315 Moving Images II
ART 331 Graphic Design –Art majors only
ART 360 Mixed-Media Book Arts
ART 361 Digital Darkroom
ART 362 Black and White Photography
ART 363 Color Photography
ART 364 Studio Photography
ART 365 Sequence and Time
ART 367 Alternative Processes
ART 369 Topics in Photography
ART 370 Silkscreen Printing
ART 395 Television Production Techniques I
ENGL 303 Art of the Essay
ENGL 380 Intro to News Writing
ENGL 382 Feature Writing
ENGL 385 New Media and Digital Literacies
ENGL 387 Web Content Development
ENGL 391 Advanced Exposition and Argumentation
ENGL 393 Technical Writing

WI

ENGL 394 Technical Editing
ENGL 480 Seminar in Advanced Journalism
MLL 406 History and Theory of Intercultural Media
MLL 495 Intercultural Video Production
MCS 355 Social Media: Networking and Mobility  WI
MCS 377 Desktop Publishing and the Web
MCS 395 Television Production Techniques 1
SPCH 210 Interpersonal Communication
THTR 242 Presentation Skills for Non-Actors

AH

 

Other Requirements:

  • A “C” or better is required in all courses applied toward the major.

Additional Information…

…about counting credits:
A total of 9 credits towards the completion of the certificate may be “double counted” towards the completion of an additional major, minor, or certificate.

…about the study of foreign languages/ study abroad:
A knowledge of at least one foreign language and familiarity with foreign cultures are important for understanding media and communications under the conditions of globalization in the 21st century. Beyond the language and culture requirements of the General Education Program, therefore, MCS students are strongly encouraged to study a foreign language to at least the 202 level (with appropriate exemptions made for native speakers of languages other than English). Study abroad is also strongly encouraged, for it can provide not only understanding of another culture but also important perspectives on U.S. culture and media.

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