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Global Media Studies Minor

What Is a Global Media Studies Minor?

The Department of Screen Arts & Cultures offers the Global Media Studies Minor to students interested in the study of film and electronically based visual media as national, regional, and global phenomena.

The coursework in this minor provides students with the opportunity to reflect on the expansive geographical scope and cultural diversity of film and moving image electronic media (television, single-camera video, digital). It is studies-based and does not include production. 

Is a GMS Minor the Right Choice for Me?

This course of study is intended to aid students in obtaining culturally specific as well as cross-cultural understanding of the global impact of moving image media. The minor contributes to an understanding of the unique qualities of textual expression derived from specific cultural and historical contexts as well as to effects of more globalized developments in media technology, narrative and stylistic forms. Students will have the opportunity to study specific cultural modes of media production and reception including, but not limited to the familiar U.S. cultural/industrial model.

There are many students in LSA, especially in the humanities and social sciences, who may be interested in this minor. Students in the following majors may find this minor particularly compatible with their concentration study:

  • Those in Comparative Literature who are drawn to the study of film or electronic media
  • Those in History of Art who wish to study moving image forms in a coherent plan of study emphasizing the international dimension of those forms
  • Those in global language and literature departments with a particular interest in film and electronic media
  • Those in social science fields who are interested in international film and electronic moving image media as the subject of humanistic inquiry.

What are the Requirements for the GMS Minor?

Prerequisites to the Minor - NONE 

Requirements for the minor

At least 16 credits (and five courses), with at least two courses at the 300 level or above. 

Required Core Courses

Seven credits from the following:

SAC 236 - The Art of the Film (4 credits) -- SAC 236 is offered every fall and winter semester. 

Plus one of the following 3-credit courses: SAC 351, SAC 352 - Origins to the French New Wave or SAC 353 - Post New Wave.

Electives

Three electives, at least 2 of which must be from the approved list of Non-US, transnational, comparative film/media courses.  A third course may be from Non U.S., transnational, comparative film/media or U.S. Media.

Non U.S., transnational, comparative film/media

  • AMCULT 380, 346, 420
  • ASIAN 245,440, 458, 475
  • AAS 232, 440, 442, 470
  • COMM 251
  • CZECH 315
  • GERMAN 172, 330, 333, 346
  • JUDAIC 250
  • POLISH 314
  • RCHUMS 312, 313
  • SLAVIC 312, 313
  • SPANISH 420
  • SAC 232, 245, 250, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 320, 324, 332, 333, 346, 358, 361, 380, 420, 422, 440, 441, 442, 458, 470, 475, 485
  • SAC 366, sections titled:    
    "Science Fiction in Film, TV & Popular Culture"
    "Recent US Wars in Film & TV"
    "Adaptations";
    "Amateur Cinema";
    "Nazi Cinema";
    "Documentaries: From Vietnam to Iraq";
    "East Asian Horror";
    "Hollywood, Vietnam, & the Gulf";
    "Television Genres";
    "Race, Ethnicity, and the Media";
    "Authorship in Film and Media";
    "Magic and Moving Image";
    "Documentary Cinema";
    "Subtitling";
    "Cinema Babel: Subtitling & Dubbing";
    "Television Cities, Spaces & People";
    "Sex and Media";
    "Sex in Media"
  • SAC 455, sections titled:    
    "Dialogue of Violence";
    "TV Genres";
    "Religion in Film";
    "Philosophy of Film";
    "Hollywood, Vietnam, Gulf" Wars;
    "The War Film";
    "Cult, Camp, and Exploitation Cinema";
    "Speaking with Ghosts: Mediums and New Media";
    "Media Cultural Theory";
    "Cinema of the Pacific War";
    "Dialogues of Violence: WWII and Cinema"
  • PHIL 440
  • WOMENSTD 361

U.S. media

  • AMCULT 334, 351, 490
  • SAC 202, 316, 325, 330, 331, 334, 335, 354, 355, 365, 367, 368, 381, 451, 460, 461
  • SAC 366 sections titled:
    "Sex, Society & Censorship in Classical Hollywood";
    "Fan Cultures and Popular Media";
    "Self as Subject";
    "TV Sports Programming";
    "The Road Movie & American Culture";
    "Media Spaces";
    "Stardom & Ethnicity in US Cinema";
    "Race, Ethnicity, & Stardom in US Cinema";
    "The Situation Comedy";
    "Fiction into Film";
    "The Horror Film after Psycho";
    "Film Noir";
    "3-D Viewing";
    "Exploitation Cinema";
    "Countercultures, Subcultures, & Mass Media";
    "Race Ethnicity & Stardom in Hollywood";
    "Cult, Camp, Art & Exploitation";
    "Television Genres: Cult TV";
    "Motor City Movies"
  • SAC 455 sections titled:
    "Contemporary Film Industry";
    "Post-Classical Hollywood Cinema";
    "The Horror Film after Psycho";
    "Science Fiction in Film";
    "Internet as Popular Culture";
    "Musicals: In and Out of Hollywood";
    "Media Effects Topics";
    "Video Games, Cultures & Contexts";
    "American Independent Cinema";
    "Film Noir";
    "Zombies! Exhuming the Undead in American Culture"

Independent Studies (SAC 499) may not be used toward the minor.

Students may not use more than one course to satisfy the requirements of both a major and a minor.

Minor Release and Senior Audit

TWO terms prior to the term you wish to graduate, you must meet with a SAC advisor to complete your senior audit.  You and your advisor will complete an online minor release signifying that you have completed all requirements towards the Global Media Studiesminor.  Once your advisor enters the release online in your student file,it is able to be accessed by the LSA academic auditors.  The auditors will use this information to ensure that all requirements have been met within both LSA and your minor once you apply for graduation.

GMS Minor Requirements FALL 2016- SUMMER 2017

Effective: Fall 2016-Current; course additions W17

Exclusions: The minor in Global Media Studies is not open to students with a major in the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures.

Special Department Policies:

effective Fall 2016 - Current

  • A grade of C– or better must be achieved in any course taken to satisfy the requirements for the Screen Arts and Cultures major. 
  • Prerequisites for the SAC major may be taken for a grade or may be taken P/F. 
  • A minimum grade of C– or better must be achieved in any course taken to satisfy the requirements for the Global Media Studies Minor.

Students interested in the minor in Global Media Studies should develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with one of Screen Arts and Cultures' designated advisors. Appointments are scheduled online.

The Global Media Studies minor exists for students interested in the study of film and electronically based visual media as national, regional, and global phenomena. This course of study is intended to aid students in obtaining culturally specific as well as cross-cultural understanding of the global impact of moving image media. The minor contributes to an understanding of the unique qualities of textual expression derived from specific cultural and historical contexts as well as to effects of more globalized developments in media technology, narrative and stylistic forms. Students will have the opportunity to study specific cultural modes of media production and reception including, but not limited to, the familiar U.S. cultural/industrial model. The coursework in this minor provides students with the opportunity to reflect on the expansive geographical scope and cultural diversity of film and moving image electronic media (television, single-camera video, digital).

Prerequisites to the Minor

None.

Requirements for the Minor

At least 16 credits (and five courses), to be chosen from the following three categories as stated below, with at least two courses at the 300-level or above. A minimum grade of C– or better must be achieved in any course taken to satisfy the requirements for the Global Media Studies Minor.

Required Core Courses

Seven credits from the following:
SAC 236 The Art of the Film
One of the following: SAC 351, 352, or 353.

Electives

Students should take at least two of their elective courses at the 300 level or higher. Students are prohibited in the Category A of this minor from taking more than one course grounded in any single national cinema.


1. Moving Image Media in National & Regional Contexts. Two courses totaling at least six credits are to be chosen from the following approved electives, with no more than one course centered on U.S. media or in a single, non-U.S. national cinema

  • U.S. media
    AMCULT 334, 351, 490
    SAC 334, 335 (effective Winter 2017), 355, 365, 366 (approved topics), 367, 368, 381, 450, 451, 460
  • Non U.S. media
    AMCULT 420
    ASIAN 245, 475
    CAAS 232, 440
    GERMAN 172, 330, 331
    RCHUMS 312, 313
    SLAVIC 312, 313
    SPANISH 420
    SAC 232, 245, 358 (effective Winter 2016), 440, 441, 455 (approved topics)

2. Comparative Media Studies. One course of at least three credits to be chosen from among the following approved electives:

  • SAC 361, 366 (approved topics), 380, 420, 422, 442,
  • 455 (approved topics), 470, 485
  • AMCULT 380
  • ASIAN 440
  • CAAS 232, 442, 470
  • PHIL 440
  • WOMENSTD 361

Independent Studies (SAC 499) may not be used toward the minor.

Students may not use more than one course to satisfy the requirements of both a major and a minor.

How Do I Declare a GMS Minor?

In order to declare the Global Media Studies Minor, you MUST attend a declaration event (SACAPALOOZA) in either the fall or winter terms. These take place shortly after midterm time and prior to registration for the next term. Since there are no prerequisites to the Global Media Studies minor, students may attend SACAPALOOZA or declare at any time.

Some Important Tips for GMS Minors RE: Courses

  • Plan to meet with an advisor every term to discuss your course elections.
  • Be aware that some required core courses are offered only once per year, and not every term. 
  • Select courses carefully, as not all courses outside of the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures which include film or other media will also fulfill requirements for the minor. Courses outside the SAC unit will be considered on a case-by-case basis; the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures encourages students to take courses from the offerings within Screen Arts & Cultures.