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.

Student Goals

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


  • Track I
  • Track II

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2014 27  27 
2015 27  27 
2016 29  29 
2017 29  29  13 
2018 33  33 
2019 32 32 12


Director of Undergraduate Studies/Advisor: Ariella Azoulay