Media Criticism Curriculum Revamped

May 1, 2007

The Department is blazing new trails in the cutting-edge subject of media criticism. Professors Mark Dery and Mitch Stephens have recently completed the reinvention of the undergraduate concentration in Media Criticism, rationalizing our curriculum and re-thinking our angles of theoretical attack on this vitally important (and increasingly popular) subject.

New course offerings in press criticism, methods of media analysis, and do-it-yourself media (a course titled “New Forms”) emphasize the social roles, corporate influences, and ideological agendas of the media, as well as the Web 2.0 revolution in self-publishing and social networking — so-called “citizen’s media.”

The undergraduate concentration in Media Criticism equips students with the analytical strategies, historical knowledge, and writing and reportorial skills necessary to engage critically with the ever more mediated world around them.