Situated at the bustling intersection of cultural studies, new media, critical theory, and popular culture, the burgeoning field of Media Studies examines the creative and critical practices of media consumers, producers, artists, and scholars, focusing on questions of representation, power, technology, politics, and economy.
The Media Studies concentration is offered in partnership with the Intercollegiate Media Studies (IMS) Program of The Claremont Colleges. Our concentration lets you design a course of study in the fast-growing field of Media Studies, which incorporates numerous exciting disciplines, including cultural and cinema studies, new media, visual studies, critical theory, popular culture, media production, and art history. Students study the creative and critical practices of media consumers, producers, artists, and scholars.
The concentration in Media Studies is available to School of Arts & Humanities students in the Applied Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, English, History, and Religion programs. The concentration is awarded in conjunction with the degree and is noted on the transcript as an additional area of qualification.
Thanks to CGU’s Southern California location, you will be at the center of vast commercial and independent media production.
You can gain first-hand experience of the field through directed internships with a wide range of media outlets, production companies, and more.
Coursework covers visual research methods, film theory and criticism, film history, curatorial practice, and more.
SCHOOL AT A GLANCE
The School of Arts & Humanities lets you tailor your program to target your specific interests. You’ll conduct research across disciplines to approach problems in new ways in an intimate, collegial learning environment where faculty-mentors offer you personal attention, and opportunities for collaborative, interdisciplinary scholarship abound.
This interdisciplinary concentration is available for students pursuing the following degree programs:
Reviews examples of film theory and criticism that date to the first cinematic texts and offers an understanding of the work that theorized the style and significance of early cinema.
Durable Empires and Medias of Mass Culture
Introduces Cultural Studies via the theme of “durable empires,” taking a deliberately broad view of “empire” to include formations of power under colonialism, postcolonialism, ethno-nationalism, neoliberalism, and capitalism.
Visual Research Methods
Considers three scholarly traditions from the arts, humanities, and social sciences that employ visualization tools (cameras and digital media) and visual objects (art, photography, film, video, digital media).
Transnational Media Theory
Explores scholarship on national cinema and electronic media practices as well as how visual media production and consumption connect to developing ideas of nation, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in diasporic and immigrant communities.
History of Film
Provides an in-depth exposure to important films from different global cinematic traditions, including the U.S., Iran, Japan, Europe, Africa, and Latin America.
Sixteen units must be taken as approved Media Studies courses taught by faculty at CGU or the Claremont Colleges. Four of these units must be an approved Research Methods course in the field of Media Studies. Current approved Media Studies Research Methods courses include Visual Research Methods, Film Theory and Criticism, Digital Research Methods, and approved courses in media production. Students may also complete an optional internship.
Note: in some cases, fulfilling the requirements of this concentration as well as the core requirements for the student’s degree may involve additional units or Research Tools. Students should always consult with their academic advisor before adding a concentration to their degree program.
Faculty & Research
Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and History
Chair, Cultural Studies (Fall 2022)
Modern Spain, 19th- and 20th-century Europe, Genocide and racial thought, Museums and commemoration, Memory