Modern Culture and Media
Modern Culture and Media (MCM) is an interdisciplinary concentration that explores the ties between media and broader cultural and social formations. We stress creative thinking and critical production: comparative analysis and theoretical reflection, as well as work that integrates practice and theory. We thus bring together aspects of modern culture that are normally separated by departmental structures such as film and media studies, fine art, literature, literary arts and philosophy. This concentration offers the student a range of possible specializations. A student might decide to focus on the critical study and production of a certain type or combination of media (print, photography, sound recording, cinema, video, television, and digital media); or they might focus on certain cultural, theoretical and/or social formations (for example, gender/sexuality in post-Cold war television, postcolonial theory and film, the changing form of the novel, theories of subjectivity and ideology, video games and theories of representation). These paths are united by a commitment to critical thinking/practice: rather than reproducing conventions, MCM concentrators learn how conventions emerge, what work they do, and explore ways to change them.
Students in this concentration will:
- Understand the foundations of contemporary cultural criticism, including theories of cinema, television, and digital media
- Become adept at analyzing media texts and their apparatus
- Develop their writing abilities in a sequence of papers
- Produce a body of original work that may be creative, critical-theoretical, or a combination of both
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Students who qualify for Honors are eligible to apply to do an Honors project or thesis. Students should submit a letter of interest in their 6th semester, and a formal proposal, by the first day of their 7th semester. Applications will be screened by the MCM Honors Committee. (Application forms are available in the MCM office.) If approved, a student must then register for MCM 1970, a one credit course which can count towards their Focus Area requirements, and MCM 1990, a one-credit thesis course in which they complete the Honors thesis.
- Track I
- Track II
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
- Work on your speaking and writing
- Understand differences among cultures
- Evaluate human behavior
- Learn what it means to study the past
- Develop a facility with symbolic languages
- Expand your reading skills
- Enhance your aesthetic sensibility
- Embrace diversity
- Collaborate fully
- Engage with your community
- Africana Studies
- American Studies
- Comparative Literature
- French Studies
- German Studies
- Italian Studies
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Director of Undergraduate Studies
MCM alumni are award-winning film producers and directors as well as photojournalists, artists, composers, curators, and university professors. For more information, visit the MCM website.
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