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.

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
Office Hours Mon 3:15-4:15 and by appointment
Becky Shepardson
Academic Coordinator
bshep@mit.edu
E15-325

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

21L.715 Media in Cultural Context

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

21L.715 Media in Cultural Context

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
barrett@mit.edu
E15-325
Office Hours Mon 3:15-4:15 and by appointment
Becky Shepardson
Academic Coordinator
bshep@mit.edu
E15-325

Major Clusters

Games and Interactive Media

CMS.300 Intro to Videogame TheoryCMS.314/21W.753 Phantasmal Media: Theory & Practice
CMS.607 The Role of the GamerCMS.608 Game DesignCMS.609/21W.764 The Word Made DigitalCMS.610 Media Industries and SystemsCMS.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 Perspectives21W.765/21L.489 Interactive and Non-Linear Narrative: Theory & Practice21W.772 Digital Poetry21W.785 Communicating with Web-Based Media21W.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 MediaCMS.376 History of Media and TechnologyCMS.610 Media Industries and SystemsCMS.614/21W.791 Identity and the InternetCMS.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

Minor

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

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.

Sasha Costanza-Chock
Minor Advisor
schock@mit.edu
E15-322
Becky Shepardson
Academic Coordinator
bshep@mit.edu
E15-325

Concentration

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

Four Restricted Electives
Of the four classes, only one HASS-D can also count toward the student’s HASS-D GIR requirement.