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MA in Media Studies

MA in Media Studies

The Program

The Media Studies Masters is designed to provide highly individualized courses of study and practice for students who already have a sense for what they wish to research or implement. Our program is small and highly selective, giving us the ability to develop courses and opportunities that fit the needs of our students.

Rather than emphasizing a lot of required courses or mandatory skill sets, we focus on supporting the research and practice of our students. Our program emphasis emerges and changes based on the dozen or so scholars and practitioners who are in the program at any one time. A weekly Colloquium series exposes students to leading scholars and practitioners in the field, while also offering a place to present our own findings and accomplishments.

Our guiding philosophy, however, is that media need to be understood in their social, cultural, political, and economic contexts in order to be analyzed or applied effectively. We are here to bring those contexts to your work. So each course is augmented by a practicum through which the student can explore the intersection of his or her personal research pursuits with the subject area of the class, under the guidance of the instructor. In some cases, the practicums become standing labs where thesis and other work can be developed.

To earn a Masters degree, students must complete the program requirements, including three core courses, electives, and a thesis project or paper.


 Office Information

Roopali Mukherjee
Media Studies Masters Program

Laboratory for Digital Humanism Podcast


 Colloquia Schedule


Fall 2018

September 12: Sarah Lageson
Digital Punishment: Criminal Records in a Digital Age

October 3: Jessica Blank
Transformative Story: From Exonerated to Almost Home

October 10: Alex Rivera
Tactical Hybridity: A Work-In Progress Discussion of THE INFILTRATORS

October 17: Stephen Friedman
The Social Impact Campaign

October 24: Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich
Research-Informed Film Practice: The Archive as Inspiration and Material

November 7: Chenjerai Kumanyika
The Revolution Reality Show: Researching Cultural Industries and Emergent Journalism from the Inside Out

November 14: Jamie Cohen
The Commodity of Authenticity

November 28
Thesis Presentation

December 5
Thesis Presentation

December 12
Thesis Presentation

Colloquia Schedule

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