The Media, Society, and the Arts BA Program: Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, students majoring in media, society, and the arts must complete a minimum of nine–10 courses with a grade of C or higher and an 8-credit senior project (37 credits minimum total) as follows:

  1. MSA 1050/Introduction to Media Studies (3 credits)
  2. MSA 2200/Media Institutions and Forms (3 credits)
  3. MSA 3200/Media Ethnographies or
    MSA 3410/Visual/Social Analysis: A Practicum (4 credits)
  4. MSA 3400/Critical Perspectives on Media, Society, and the Arts (4 credits)
  5. Two electives (at least 6 credits total)
  6. One course in art history (visual or performing) or media history (at least 3 credits)
  7. Two or three courses in studio art and/or media production (at least 6 credits total)
  8. MSA 4990/Senior Project in Media, Society, and the Arts (two semesters required; 8 credits total)

Examples of Elective Courses
New courses may be added to the following lists. Students should consult their advisor to determine whether a course not on these lists fulfills the elective requirement.

Anthropology (School of Natural & Social Sciences):
ANT/MSA 2175/Language, Culture, and Society
ANT 2250/Film and Anthropology
ANT/MSA/NME 2320/Performing Arts in Cross-Cultural Perspective
ANT/MSA 2340/Drugs, Bodies, Design
ANT/MSA 2470/Museum Anthropology
ANT/MSA 2610/Introduction to Ethnomusicology
ANT/MSA 3175/Media Representations and Identity
ANT/MSA 3185/Global Media, Local Cultures
ANT/MSA 3275/Los Angeles/Mumbai: Cinema City Cross-Culturally
ANT 3345/Theatre and Performance in Africa
ANT/MSA 3380/Avant-Garde Cultures and Everyday Life
ANT 3410/Anthropology of Art and Aesthetics
ANT/MSA 3415/Anthropology of Music and Sound
ANT/MSA/PSY 3540/Sensing and Knowing in Anthropology,
    Psychology, and the Arts
ANT/GND 3610/Gender and Popular Culture in South Asia

Cinema Studies:
CIN/MSA 3330/Genres of Affect

Media, Society, and the Arts:
MSA/NME 2235/Computers and Culture
MSA/NME 2700/Locative Media: Place and Mobility
MSA/GND 3120/Riot Grrls and Radical Women
MSA/NME/GND 3160/Queer Media Convergence
MSA 3350/The Body: Medium and Message
MSA/ANT 4160/Material Culture
MSA 4750/Special Topics in Media, Society, and the Arts

Literature (School of Humanities):
LIT/MSA 2195/Italian-American Literature and Popular Culture

New Media:
NME/MSA 3040/Cross-Cultural Video Production
NME 3040/Internet as Public Art

Philosophy (School of Humanities):
PHI 2780/Philosophy of Art: From Plato to Postmodernism

Theatre and Performance (Conservatory of Theatre Arts):
THP 3250/Theories of Drama and Performance

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