In addition to meeting general degree requirements, students majoring in media studies must complete a minimum of 10–11 courses with a grade of C or higher and an 8-credit senior project (40 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 3400/Critical Perspectives on Media, Society, and the Arts (4 credits)
  4. MSA 3450/Research Methods in Media, Society, and the Arts (4 credits)
  5. Three electives (at least 9 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. SPJ 4990/Senior Project I (4 credits)
  9. SPJ 4991/Senior Project II (4 credits)
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 2175/Language, Culture, and Society
ANT 2250/Film and Anthropology
ANT 2320/Performing Arts in Cross-Cultural Perspective
ANT 2340/Drugs, Bodies, Design
ANT 2470/Museum Anthropology
ANT 2555/Magic, Witchcraft, and Modernity
ANT 2610/Introduction to Ethnomusicology
ANT 2730/New Black Ethnographies
ANT 3185/Global Media, Local Cultures
ANT 3345/Media and Performance in Africa
ANT 3350/Myth, Ritual, and Performance
ANT 3380/Avant-Garde Cultures and Everyday Life
ANT 3410/Anthropology of Art and Aesthetics
ANT 3415/Anthropology of Sound and Listening
ANT 3540/Sensing and Knowing in Anthropology, Psychology, and the Arts
Cinema Studies:
CIN 3000/Cinema and Revolution
CIN 3030/Documentary Film and Theory
CIN 3060/Cult Cinema
CIN 3070/Television Studies
CIN 3200/Film, Media, and War Machines
CIN 3330/Genres of Affect
CIN 3500/Cinema in the Internet Age
CIN 3540/Queer Cinema
Media Studies:
MSA 2210/Transhumanist Media (added Spring 2018)
MSA 2235/Computers and Culture
MSA 2450/Sounds of Protest
MSA 3150/Outsider Art
MSA 3160/Queer Media Convergence
MSA 3350/The Body: Medium and Message
MSA 4110/Lively Geographies
MSA 4160/Material Cultures
MSA 4750/Special Topics in Media, Society, and the Arts
Literature (School of Humanities):
LIT 2195/Italian American Literature and Popular Culture
New Media:
NME 2250/Art and Technology
NME 3010/Cross-Cultural Video Production
NME 3040/Internet as Public Art
Philosophy (School of Humanities):
PHI 2780/Philosophy of Art: From Plato to Postmodernism
PHI 3275/Light and Truth: Film, Photography, and Reality
PHI 3610/Frankfurt School Critical Theory
PHI 3716/Philosophy and Film
PHI 3785/Art and Morality
Sociology (School of Natural and Social Sciences):
SOC 2105/Art and Outsiderness
SOC 3005/Feminism, Art, and Performance
Theatre and Performance (Conservatory of Theatre Arts):
THP 3120/Gameplay and Performance
THP 3130/Transmedia and Performance
THP 3250/Theories of Drama and Performance

Updates to the 2016–18 Purchase College Catalog:

Effective Fall 2017:

  • Program name changed (formerly media, society, and the arts)

Discontinued electives:

  • MSA 3120/Riot Grrls and Radical Women (replaced by SOC 3005)