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New Media Studies Major: BA Degree Requirements

New Media Studies students complete 17–20 credits of Core Requirement courses drawn from five disciplines, 15–16 credits of courses drawn from at least three Interdisciplinary Explorations categories, 15–17 credits of a chosen concentration, and a capstone course of 3 or 4 credits, for a total of 49–56 credits.

All courses are three credits, unless otherwise noted.

I. Major Core Requirements (17–20 Credits)

  • NMS 110 Introduction to New Media Studies
  • NMS 220 Second Year Inquiry Seminar (1 Credit)
  • ART 124 Digital Imaging & Online Media
  • CSC 110* Introduction to Computing and Problem Solving
    * May Be Waived for Students With 600 or Above on Sat-math Score.
  • CSC 249 Visual Basic.net
  • ENG 206 Multimodal Writing Workshop (4 Credits)
  • THE 180 Performance in Context (When Topic is New Media)

II. Interdisciplinary Explorations (15–16 Credits)

Students select five courses in at least three categories.

  1. Cultural Representations:
  2. Digital Applications:
    • ART 213 Creating Information Graphics
    • COM 220 TV II-Video Field Production
    • CSC 210 Computer Science and Programming I
    • CSC 220 Visualizing for Visual Thinking
    • EES 300 Basics of Geographic Information Systems
    • THE 345 Programming for Interactive Design
  3. Interactivity:
    • ART 310 Web Design I
    • ART 343 Introduction to 3d Animation
    • CSC 212 Computer Game Design and Visualization
    • PSC 333 Constructing Political Advertisements
    • THE 285 Intermedial Performance Design
  4. Sound and Image:
  5. Text and Contexts:
    • ENG 241 Critical and Creative Thinking
    • ENG 374 Rhetoric of Hollywood Film
    • PSC 325 Politics and the Mass Media
    • THE 260 History/theory of Performance Media

III. Disciplinary Concentrations

 Students complete 18–20 credits in one concentration, including Level 3 Writing Intensive and Tier III LAC/capstone course.

  1. Digital Media Design (19 Credits)
    A portfolio demonstrating artistic capability and basic software skills is required for enrollment in advanced courses in the concentration. It is strongly recommended that students submit their portfolio within their first three semesters. The portfolio envelope and instructions are available in the Art & Art History office, FAIC 317.
    1. Required Courses (10 Credits):
    2. Select 6 Credits:
  2. Integrated Communication Media (18–20 Credits)
    1. Required Course:
    2. Select 12–14 Credits:
      • COM 245 Digital/analog Audio Production: Radio/Video/internet
      • COM 310 Advanced Photography (4 Credits)
      • COM 320 Television Production III
      • ART 351 Motion Graphic Design
      • COM 352 Emergent Media Reporting
      • COM 358 Scriptwriting & Presentation
      • COM 380 Dramatic Video Single-camera Video Production (4 Credits)
      • COM 430 Non-linear Editing
      • COM 435 Documentary Production
      • COM 440 Workshop in Radio and Audio
      • COM 490 Internship
    3. Required Tier III Capstone Course:
      • NMS 440 Interdisciplinary Signature Work
        or COM 474 Experimental Digital Media Production
  3. Media Computation (18 Credits)
    1. Required Course:
      • CSC 231 Computer Science and Programming II (Stage II Writing)
    2. Select 12 Credits:
      • CSC 230 Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science
      • CSC 270 Data Structures
      • CSC 305 Data Mining and Applications
      • CSC 311 Computer & Video Games Development
      • CSC 335 Algorithm Design and Analysis
      • CSC 341 Database and Information Management
    3. Required Tier III Capstone Course:
  4. Multimedia Writing, Form, & Analysis (18 Credits)
    1. Select 15 Credits:
      • ENG 207 Forms in Creative Writing (When NMS Topic)
      • ENG 230 Reading and Writing Electronic Literature
      • ENG 237 Re-presenting Books: Encoding Electronic Texts
      • ENG 306 Digital Rhetorics and Literacies
      • ENG 360 Digital Game Studies
      • ENG 362 Writing for Digital Environments
      • ENG 363 Copyright in the Digital Age
      • ENG 365 Topics in Literature or Language (When NMS Topic)
      • ENG 373 Studies in Rhetoric and Composition (When NMS Topic)
      • ENG 383 Literary Publishing
    2. Required Tier III Capstone Course:
      • NMS 440 Interdisciplinary Signature Work
        or ENG 499 Directed Research
        (Must Be Taken for at Least Three Credits)
  5. Performance Media (18 Credits)
    1. Required Courses (6 Credits):
      • THE 176 Fundamentals of Theatre Design
      • THE 351 Adaptation /media /performance
    2. Select 9 Credits:
    3. Required Tier III Capstone Course:
      • NMS 440 Interdisciplinary Signature Work
        or THE 474 Experimental Theatre: Theory and Performance