Undergraduates at the Claremont Colleges have the opportunity to pursue an accelerated BA/MA degree allowing students to complete a MA degree in one year instead of two, saving time, tuition, and opening the additional career paths afforded by a graduate degree. The program begins during a student’s undergraduate training and is finished with one year of study at the Cultural Studies Department at CGU. Program requirements are the same as the stand-alone MA in Cultural Studies and students may choose one of the available concentrations for the degree, including Media Studies, Museum Studies, Continental Philosophy, or Hemispheric & Transnational Studies.
Interested students must apply to the program during the fall or spring of their junior year and may use the remaining semesters at their undergraduate institutions to complete 16 units (approved by a CGU Cultural Studies advisor), which will be transferred toward the MA degree at CGU. Upon the receipt of his/her undergraduate degree, the student becomes a full time student at Claremont Graduate University for the remaining year of study in which 24 units are completed toward the MA in Cultural Studies.
For example, undergraduate majors in Media Studies at the Claremont Colleges may pursue an accelerated MA in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Media Studies and complete the degree in one year of full-time study at CGU after finishing the BA. Below is a partial list of Media Studies courses a student could complete toward the degree:
The Eye and the Gaze (CGU)
Film Theory and Criticism (CGU)
Transnational Media Theory (CGU)
Body, Representation, Desire (Pomona College)
Theories of the Visual (Pomona College)
Art and Time (Pomona College)
Film and Mass Culture (Claremont McKenna College))
Feminist Documentary Production and Theory (Pitzer College)
Media Praxis (Pitzer College)
Media Archives (Pitzer College)
Sound Theory, Sound Practice (Pitzer College)
Media and Sexuality (Pitzer College)
From Beauty to the Abject: Race, Whiteness and Modernism (Scripps College)