Communication and Media Studies

CMS Classes: Spring 2019

Spring 2019 CMS Classes 

CMS 101 Introduction to Media Studies
This course introduces core issues in communication and media studies, ranging from theories and models of communication, the relationship between media and society, and history/technology/trends in newspapers, radio, television, film, electronic and digital technologies, and advertising. Key problems and paradigms are explored through materials drawn from academic scholarship, popular press, and multimedia.

CMS 194 Video Production I
An introduction to the fundamentals of equipment, lighting, sound, cinematography, and editing (Final Cut Pro and After Effects) for video production. Student will produce their own videographic work over the course of the semester. Practicum course 2 credits only

CMS 201 Contemporary Popular Film and Television
The goal of this course is for students to develop a critical understanding of the role of popular movies and television in their own lives and in U.S. culture. The course looks at issues of the relationship of media to social violence, gender identities, sexual identities, minority cultures, and the role of the U.S. media globally. It also considers some of the major media genres that characterize U.S. popular television and movies. Required lab for film screenings.

CMS 202 World Cinema II
This course looks at film history roughly from 1960-present, presenting various modes of international cinema production and its contemporary evolution as closely interconnected. Covering the US, the UK, Italy, Czech, Senegal, Algeria, Japan, India, and France, we place an emphasis on hybrids of all these ‘national’ styles, as well as challenging the politically charged notion of national cinema itself. Secondly, we will explore how changes in global contemporary filmmaking evolved the US film industry and helped to challenge Hollywood’s global dominance. Thirdly, we will trace how new industrial channels exposed regional and ‘minor’ film industries to global audiences. Required lab for film screenings.

CMS 250 Intermediate Communication and Media Theory
Theory may seem like a scary word, but theory helps us make sense of our world. Theories shape how we understand reality, relationships, the media around us, and it helps us to create media of our own. Theory tells us more about how we communicate everyday, aids in holistic comprehension of our media landscape, and prepares us for lives consciously lived. This course exposes students to the major theories of communication and media studies, their application to the academic and professional inquiry in the field, and their importance in everyday life. The course also teaches students to write in and across the field, and prepares them for upper level critical, analytical, and theoretical based communication and media studies thinking and research. Prerequisite: Introduction to Communication and Media Studies or explicit permission from the professor to enroll

CMS 294 International Communication
This course will examine the structures and impacts of international communication networks. We will consider the economic, cultural, political, technical, and environmental consequences of increasingly globalized media. We will discuss early work in the field of international communications and continue through to contemporary discussions of global media networks. Throughout the semester, we will examine how different entities wield power and assert influence in this global media landscape and how digital technologies can be used to both challenge and reaffirm those existing hierarchies.

CMS 394 Creative and Information Economies 
This course introduces students to the political economic approach to communication and media studies and considers its application to specific media and entertainment industries. To understand media content, media technologies, and the economies built around them, we must look more deeply at the effects commercialization and corporate concentration have on these systems. In this course, we will consider issues like privacy, citizenship, globalization, labor, alternative media, digital media, and the ways in which we construct shared culture through media. Prerequisite CMS 101 or BUS 302

Spring 2019 Courses by Major Concentration 

 Arts & Production
Tier 1 Courses
ANT 215 Sex, Gender, and Culture
ART 251 Visual and Critical Thinking
ART 200 Intro to History of Western Art
CMS 201 Contemporary Popular Film & TV
ENG 103 Intro to Creative Writing
ENG 201 The Art of Rhetoric
ENG 103 Intro to Creative Writing
MUS 104 Intro to World Music & Ethnomusicology [counts for legacy majors only]
THE 102 Drama, Stage and Society II [counts for legacy majors only]

Tier 2 Courses
ART 294 Photography’s First Century
CMS 394 Creative & Information Economies
HIS 218 Historical Film Genres

Tier 3 Courses
ENG 224 Intro to Journalism
THE 241 Intro to Theatrical Design
THE 394 Improv

Business & Organizational Communication
Tier 1
ANT 105 Introduction to Anthropology [counts for legacy majors only]
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology [counts for legacy majors only]
BUS 302 Organizational Behavior

Tier 2
BUS 111 Principles of Marketing
BUS 334 Leadership
BUS 351 Advertising
BUS 323 Consumer Behavior

Tier 3
ANT/GEN 215 Sex, Gender, and Culture [counts for legacy majors only]
BUS 223 Marketing Research Methods
CMS 394 Creative & Information Economies
CMS 294 International Communication
SOC/GEN/BLS 221 Social Inequalities

Identity & Culture
Tier 1
ANT 105 Introduction to Anthropology [counts for legacy majors only]
SOC 101 Intro to Sociology

Tier 2 & 3
ANT/GEN 215 Sex, Gender, and Culture
CMS 201 Contemporary Popular Film & TV
AMS/ENG/BLS 210 Intro Am Lit & Culture II
SOC/GEN/BLS Social Inequalities
ENG 214 Intro to African American Lit II
ENG 224 Intro to Journalism [counts for legacy majors only]
ENG 393 Journalism Practicum [counts for legacy majors only]
ENG 493 Journalism Practicum[counts for legacy majors only]
HIS 218 Historical Film Genres [counts for legacy majors only]
POL 313 Elections and the Political Process [counts for legacy majors only]
CMS 394 Creative & Information Economies
ENG 201 The Art of Rhetoric

Film Studies
Tier 1
CMS 202 World Cinema II

Tier 2
ENG 201 The Art of Rhetoric
THE 241 Intro to Theatrical Design

Tier 3
ART 251 Visual and Critical Thinking
CMS 201 Contemporary Popular Film & TV
CMS 394 Creative & Information Economies
HIS 218 Historical Film Genres