Comparative Media Studies Undergraduate Studies

The undergraduate program in Comparative Media Studies offers students an opportunity for interdisciplinary study of film, television, game design, virtual worlds, digital artworks, civic media, interactive writing, and other communications media.

Options include a major, minor, and concentration. While students are free to choose from among all of our required classes and electives to construct a major which best meets their unique interests, our classes can been seen as being broadly grouped into three clusters: Games and Interactive Media, Film/Television, and Media Cultures.

Major

Requirements for the CMS Full Major

Two Tier I Subjects
21L.011 The Film Experience
CMS.100 Introduction to Media Studies

One of the following Tier II Subjects
CMS.400 Media Systems and Texts
CMS.403 Media and Methods: Performing
CMS.405 Media and Methods: Seeing & Expression
CMS.407 Media and Methods: Sound

One of the following Tier III Subjects
21L.706 Studies in Film
CMS.701 Current Debates in Media

Six Restricted Electives
Six additional classes from the list of CMS required classes or electives.

Requirements for the CMS Joint Major

One of the following Tier I Subjects
21L.011 The Film Experience
CMS.100 Introduction to Media Studies

One of the following Tier II Subjects
CMS.400 Media Systems and Texts
CMS.403 Media and Methods: Performing
CMS.405 Media and Methods: Seeing & Expression
CMS.407 Media and Methods: Sound

One of the following Tier III Subjects
21L.706 Studies in Film
CMS.701 Current Debates in Media

Five Restricted Electives
Five additional classes from the list of CMS required classes or electives.

6 subjects in an Engineering or Science Major
Students choose 6 subjects in an Engineering or Science Major in consultation with an advisor from the major

Major Advisors

Students with questions about the Major in Comparative Media Studies, how to declare a CMS Major, or how the Major requirements can be fulfilled, should make an appointment with any of following individuals.

Ian Condry
Director of Undergraduate Studies
condry@mit.edu
E15-320A
Edward Barrett
Major Advisor
ebarrett@mit.edu
E15-325
(14N-336 on registration day)
Becky Shepardson
Undergraduate Academic Administrator
bshep@mit.edu
14N-336

Minor

The Comparative Media Studies minor requires six subjects, mapped out as follows.

One of the following Tier I Subjects
21L.011 The Film Experience
CMS.100 Introduction to Media Studies

One of the following Tier II Subjects
CMS.400 Media Systems and Texts
CMS.403 Media and Methods: Performing
CMS.405 Media and Methods: Seeing & Expression
CMS.407 Media and Methods: Sound

One of the following Tier III Subjects
21L.706 Studies in Film
CMS.701 Current Debates in Media

Three Restricted Electives
Three additional classes from the list of CMS required classes or electives.

Minor Advisors

Students with questions about the Minor in Comparative Media Studies, how to declare a CMS Minor, or how the Minor requirements can be fulfilled, should make an appointment with either of the following individuals.

Jing Wang
Minor Advisor
jing@mit.edu
14N-311
Becky Shepardson
Undergraduate Academic Administrator
bshep@mit.edu
14N-336

Concentration

The Comparative Media Studies concentration requires four restricted electives from the list of CMS required and elective classes.

Concentration Advisors

Students with questions about the Concentration in Comparative Media Studies, how to declare a CMS Concentration, or how the Concentration requirements can be fulfilled, should make an appointment with either of the following individuals.

Edward Barrett
Concentration Advisor
ebarrett@mit.edu
E15-325
(14N-336 on registration day)
Becky Shepardson
Undergraduate Academic Administrator
bshep@mit.edu
14N-336

Major Clusters

Games and Interactive Media

CMS.300 Intro to Videogame Theory
CMS.314/21W.753 Phantasmal Media: Theory & Practice
CMS.607 The Role of the Gamer
CMS.608 Game Design
CMS.609/21W.764 The Word Made Digital
CMS.610 Media Industries and Systems
CMS.611/6.073 Creating Videogames
CMS.612/21W.767 Writing for Videogames
CMS.614/21W.791 Network Cultures
CMS.616/21W.768 Games and Culture
11.127/CMS.590 Computer Games and Simulations for Investigation & Education
21A.275 Fun and Games: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
21W.765/21L.489 Interactive Narrative
21W.772 Digital Poetry
21W.785 Communicating with Web-Based Media
21W.789 Communicating with Mobile Technology
MAS.110 Fundamentals of Computational Design
STS.085 Ethics and the Law on the Electronic Frontier

Film/Television

CMS.309/21W.763 Transmedia Storytelling: Modern Sci-Fi
CMS.334/21W.788 South Asian America: Transnational Media, Culture and History
CMS.336/21W786 The Social Documentary
CMS.621 Fans and Fan Cultures
4.341 Introduction to Photography and Related Media
4.351 Introduction to Video
4.352 Advanced Video
4.366 Advanced Projects in Visual Arts
4.602 Modern Art and Mass Culture
21F.039 Japanese Popular Culture
21F.046 Modern Chinese Fiction and Cinema
21F.052 French Film Classics
21F.055 Media in Weimar and Nazi Germany
21F.063 Anime: Transnational Media and Culture
21F.065 Japanese Literature and Cinema
21H.223 War and American Society
21H.577 Film, Fiction and History in India, 1905-2005
21L.432 Understanding Television
21L.433 Film Styles and Genres
21L.435 Literature and Film
21M.283 Musicals of Stage and Screen
21M.284 Film Music
21W.749 Documentary Photography and Photojournalism
21W.752 Making Documentary: Audio, Video and More
21W.787 Film, Music, and Social Change
24.209 Philosophy in Film and Other Media
24.213 Philosophy of Film
STS.056 Science and the Cinema: Experiments on Film

Media Cultures

CMS.334/21W.788 South Asian America: Transnational Media, Culture and History
CMS.360 Intro to Civic Media
CMS.376 History of Media and Technology
CMS.610 Media Industries and Systems
CMS.614/21W.791 Identity and the Internet
CMS.621 Fans and Fan Cultures
CMS.628 Advanced Identity Representation
CMS.631 Systems Visualization
17.243 Media Politics
21A.270 Anthropology Through Speculative Fiction
21A.275 Fun and Games: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
21A.335 Language and Technology
21A.340/STS.075 Technology and Culture
21A.360/STS.065 The Anthropology of Sound
21F.011 Topics in Indian Popular Culture
21F.027 Asia in the Modern World: Images & Representations
21F.030 East Asian Culture: From Zen to Pop
21F.035 Topics in Culture and Globalization
21F.036 Advertising and Pop Culture: East Asian Perspectives
21F.038 The Cultural Politics of Contemporary China
21F.039 Japanese Popular Culture
21F.046 Modern Chinese Fiction and Cinema
21F.052 French Film Classics
21F.055 Media in Weimar and Nazi Germany
21F.063 Anime: Transnational Media and Culture
21F.065 Japanese Literature and Cinema
21F.071 Freedom of Expression in Contemporary Europe
21H.206 American Consumer Culture
21H.223 War and American Society
21H.577 Film, Fiction and History in India, 1905-2005
21L.012 Forms of Western Narrative
21L.421 Comedy
21L.430 Popular Narrative
21L.434 Science Fiction and Fantasy
21L.486 Modern Drama
21L.707 Problems in Cultural Interpretation
21L.708 Literature and Technology
21M.775 Hip-Hop
21M.840 Performance Media
21M.846 Topics in Performance Studies
21W.751/CMS.613 Writing for Social Media
21W.772 Digital Poetry
21W.784 Becoming Digital: Writing about Media Change
24.214 Introduction to Philosophy of the Arts
24.263 The Nature of Creativity
STS.008 Technology and Experience
STS.085 Ethics and the Law on the Electronic Frontier