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

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.

T.L. Taylor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
tltaylor@mit.edu
E15-327
William Uricchio
Major Advisor
uricchio@mit.edu
E15-313
Becky Shepardson
Undergraduate Academic Administrator
bshep@mit.edu
14N-336

Minor

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

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

Fox Harrell
Minor Advisor
14N-207
fox.harrell@mit.edu
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.

Sasha Constanza-Chock
Concentration Advisor
schock@mit.edu
E15-317
Becky Shepardson
Undergraduate Academic Administrator
bshep@mit.edu
14N-336

Major Clusters

Games and Interactive Media

CMS.300 Intro to Videogame Theory
CMS.301 Intro to Game Design Methods
CMS.314/21W.753 Phantasmal Media: Theory & Practice
CMS.607 From Gamer to Player
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.615 Games for Social Change
CMS.616/21W.768 Games and Culture
CMS.617 Advanced Game Studio
CMS.627 Imagination, Computation & Expression Studio
CMS.628 Advanced Identity Representation
CMS.631 Systems Visualization
CMS.633 Digital Humanities
CMS.634 Designing Interactions
11.127/CMS.590 Computer Games and Simulations for Investigation & Education
21A.502 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.307 Critical Worldbuilding
CMS.309/21W.763 Transmedia Storytelling: Modern Sci-Fi
CMS.311/21F.055 Media in Weimar and Nazi Germany
CMS.312 Topics in National and Post-National Cinema
CMS.313 Silent Film
CMS.333/ES.333 Production of Educational Videos
CMS.334/21W.788 South Asian America: Transnational Media, Culture and History
CMS.335/21W.790 Short Attention Span Documentary
CMS.336/21W786 The Social Documentary
CMS.338 Innovation in Documentary: Technologies & Techniques
CMS.621 Fans and Fan Cultures
4.341 Introduction to Photography and Related Media
4.352 Advanced Video
4.354 Introduction to Video
4.366 Advanced Projects in Visual Arts
4.602 Modern Art and Mass Culture
21G.039 Japanese Popular Culture
21G.046 Modern Chinese Fiction and Cinema
21G.052 French Film Classics
21G.063 Anime: Transnational Media and Culture
21G.065 Japanese Literature and Cinema
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
STS.056 Science and the Cinema: Experiments on Film

Media Cultures

CMS.308 The Visual Story: Graphic Novel, Type to Tablet
CMS.334/21W.788 South Asian America: Transnational Media, Culture and History
CMS.350/21W.737 Topics & Methods in 21st Century Journalism
CMS.360 Intro to Civic Media
CMS.361 Networked Social Movements: Media and Mobilization
CMS.362 Civic Media Collaborative Design Studio
CMS.376 History of Media and Technology
CMS.610 Media Industries and Systems
CMS.613/21W.751 Writing for Social Media
CMS.614/21W.791 Network Cultures
CMS.619/WGS.111 Gender and Media
CMS.621 Fans and Fan Cultures
CMS.622 Applying Media Technologies in the Arts & Humanities
CMS.631 Systems Visualization
21A.203 Anthropology Through Speculative Fiction
21A.500/STS.075 Technology and Culture
21A.502 Fun and Games: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
21A.503 Language and Technology
21A.505/STS.065 The Anthropology of Sound
21G.011 Topics in Indian Popular Culture
21G.027 Asia in the Modern World: Images & Representations
21G.030 East Asian Culture: From Zen to Pop
21G.035 Topics in Culture and Globalization
21G.036 Advertising and Media: Comparative Perspectives
21G.038 China in the News: The Untold Stories
21G.039 Japanese Popular Culture
21F.046 Modern Chinese Fiction and Cinema
21G.052 French Film Classics
21G.055 Media in Weimar and Nazi Germany
21G.063 Anime: Transnational Media and Culture
21G.065 Japanese Literature and Cinema
21H.315 American Consumer Culture
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.840 Performance Media
21M.846 Topics in Performance Studies
21W.772 Digital Poetry
21W.784 Becoming Digital: Writing about Media Change
STS.008 Technology and Experience
STS.085 Ethics and the Law on the Electronic Frontier