The BA program in media, society, and the arts combines social science theory and methodology with studio training in the arts. Our students explore the complex and fascinating relationships that exist among media, society, and the arts, including how various institutions and forms of art and media relate to one another, as well as the role of the artist and media professional in today’s society.
Students who choose to emphasize visual arts forms like video, film, or photography may use these media either as methodological tools for expanding a discipline in the social sciences or as substantive areas of inquiry in their own right. Alternatively, students who choose to emphasize dance, music, or theatre arts relate these performing art forms to social inquiry.
While our students share certain coursework in common, they can also integrate their own interest in a particular form of art or media with rigorous work in the social sciences.
Requirements for the Major
Representative Elective Courses
Anthropology of Music and Sound
Computers and Culture
Film and Anthropology
Gender and Popular Culture in South Asia
Genres of Affect
Global Media, Local Cultures
Internet as Public Art
Introduction to Ethnomusicology
Italian-American Literature and Popular Culture
Language, Culture, and Society
Locative Media: Place and Mobility
Los Angeles/Mumbai: Cinema City Cross-Culturally
Media Representations and Identity
Performing Arts in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Philosophy of Art: From Plato to Postmodernism
Queer Media Convergence
Riot Grrls and Radical Women
Special Topics in Media, Society, and the Arts
Theatre and Performance in Africa
Theories of Drama and Performance
For more information, please visit the media, society, and the arts program site.
Updated Dec. 13, 2012
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SCHOOL of UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES
* = minor(s) also available
Art History, BA*
Biology, BA, BS*
Cinema Studies, BA
Creative Writing, BA
Gender Studies, BA*
Language & Culture, BA*
Liberal Arts, BA
Media, Society & the Arts,
New Media, BA
Political Science, BA*