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New Media Studies Minor

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College of Liberal Arts
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Spring 2016. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Required credits in this minor: 15
This interdisciplinary minor explores multiple perspectives of how information or content is created and shaped in new and emerging media, as well as the role and impact of those media on human communication. New media refers to the emerging digital technologies that enable information to be produced, stored, transmitted, and displayed in new ways. Students will have an understanding of how these technologies change the ways in which various types of content can be created, managed, and distributed to potentially change the content itself.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
At least one course must be 4xxx or above. No more than 8 credits of elective courses (courses without the JOUR designator) may be earned from a single department. Students may not use only technical (hands-on or skills) courses to fulfill the electives requirement (see list below). Other electives may be chosen only if they represent new courses offered by the same department that are similar to those on the approved list. The list of electives is updated periodically--students should see the SJMC website for the most current list. Approval of alternative electives for the minor is made by the chair of the faculty steering committee in consultation with the appropriate department.
Minor Courses
Take 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
Media Studies/Journalism Core
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· JOUR 3551 - The Business of Digital Media: Innovation, Disruption, and Adaptation [TS] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 3552 - Internet and Global Society [GP] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 3751 - Digital Media and Culture [AH, TS] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 5552 - Law of Internet Communication (3.0 cr)
· Electives
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ARTS 3240 - Making Art Interactive (4.0 cr)
· COMM 3211 - Introduction to Media Studies (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4291 - New Telecommunication Media (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3310W - The Rhetoric of Everyday Life [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3334 - Monsters, Robots, Cyborgs [LITR] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3351W {Inactive} [AH, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4722 - Alphabet to Internet: History of Writing Technologies (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3561 - Principles of Geographic Information Science (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3705 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· HSCI 3331 - Technology and American Culture [HIS, TS] (3.0 cr)
· HSCI 3715 - History of Modern Technology: Waterwheels to the Web [HIS, TS] (3.0-4.0 cr)
· HSCI 4321 - History of Computing [TS, HIS] (3.0 cr)
· SCMC 3001W - History of Cinema and Media Culture [WI] (4.0 cr)
· TH 4555 - Audio Technology (3.0 cr)
· TH 4556 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· TH 5554 - Multimedia Production for Live Performance (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3371W - Technology, Self, and Society [TS, WI] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3577W - Rhetoric, Technology, and the Internet [TS, WI] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4501 - Usability and Human Factors in Technical Communication (3.0 cr)
 
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JOUR 3551 - The Business of Digital Media: Innovation, Disruption, and Adaptation (TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Digital media enterprises have uprooted many established industries and continue to be among the most important factors shaping our economy and society today. Where do these innovations come from? Why do some startups prosper while others fail? How do legacy firms respond to disruptions to their business models? What makes adaptations possible? What makes them risky? Learn to analyze and evaluate the economic strategies of existing digital media firms across various sectors of society including news, entertainment, social media, mobile, and retail. Assess their impacts on cultural and civic life for better and for worse. Use these skills to incubate your own ideas for the next great media innovations of the future.
JOUR 3552 - Internet and Global Society (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Structure/processes of Internet/global society in comparative context. Internet, via World Wide Web, as ideal site to explore how/why societies come to see world/issues.
JOUR 3751 - Digital Media and Culture (AH, TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
How have digital media innovations like social media, mobile phones, artificial intelligence, drones and games shaped and been shaped by a culture and society globally? Learn to critically examine the function of digital media in your life. Take away a socio-historical understanding of digital media innovation, and the social, political, and economical impact of new media in creativity, industry, and culture from a cross-disciplinary perspective. Topics range from the concept of branding in an online context, to the varied uses of digital media in the context of journalism, social mobilization, law and privacy, business, globalization, content creation, and beyond. You will read, discuss, and debate cutting edge material from documentaries, podcasts, popular press, and academic literature. This course balances local contexts with global perspectives, and provides details into the practicalities of working and living in a new media environment.
JOUR 5552 - Law of Internet Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Digital communication technologies continue to raise a variety of legal issues, including whether and how (and which) traditional media and regulatory laws will apply, and how policy should be applied through regulatory law to enhance and regulate that communication. This course is conducted as a seminar, with an open discussion of legal precedent and the influence of policy on internet and digital communications. This course covers the First Amendment as it applies in a digital era as well as regulatory topics like net neutrality, broadband access, privacy, and copyright.
ARTS 3240 - Making Art Interactive
Credits: 4.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Conceptual/aesthetic development with digital, interactive art. Experimental approaches to interactive technologies. Responsive, tangible media. Critical theory/history of new media. prereq: 1704
COMM 3211 - Introduction to Media Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Historical development and current issues in electronic media technologies and programming. Effects of governmental, industrial, and public organizations on message content. Problem areas of electronic media.
COMM 4291 - New Telecommunication Media
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Development and current status of new telecommunication media such as cable TV, satellites, DBS, MDS, and video disk/cassettes. Technology, historical development, regulation, and programming of these media and their influence on individuals, organizations, and society. prereq: 3211 or instr consent
CSCL 3310W - The Rhetoric of Everyday Life (CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How discourse reproduces consciousness and persuades us to accept that consciousness and the power supporting it. Literary language, advertising, electronic media; film, visual and musical arts, built environment, and performance. Techniques for analyzing language, material culture, and performance. (previously 3173W)
CSCL 3334 - Monsters, Robots, Cyborgs (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Historical/critical reading of figures (e.g., uncanny double, monstrous aberration, technological hybrid) in mythology, literature, and film, from classical epic to sci-fi, cyberpunk, and Web. (previously 3461)
ENGL 4722 - Alphabet to Internet: History of Writing Technologies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Equivocal relation of memory and writing. Literacy, power, control. Secrecy and publicity. Alphabetization and other ways of ordering world. Material bases of writing. Typographical design/expression. Theories of technological determinism.
GEOG 3561 - Principles of Geographic Information Science
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02490
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to study of geographic information systems (GIS) for geography and non-geography students. Topics include GIS application domains, data models and sources, analysis methods and output techniques. Lectures, readings and hands-on experience with GIS software. prereq: Jr or sr
HSCI 3331 - Technology and American Culture (HIS, TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HSci 3331/5331
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
American culture(s) and technology, pre-Columbian times to present. Artisanal, biological, chemical, communications, energy, environment, electronic, industrial, military, space and transportation technologies explained in terms of economic, social, political and scientific causes/effects.
HSCI 3715 - History of Modern Technology: Waterwheels to the Web (HIS, TS)
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00420 - HSci 1715/3715
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course explores the many technological systems that have come to span our globe, alongside the widespread persistence of traditional technologies. We start with the earliest glimmerings of modernity and industrialization, and move on in time to the building of global technological networks. How have people changed their worlds through technologies like steam engines and electronics? Is it a paradox that many traditional agricultural and household technologies have persisted? How have technologies of war remade the global landscape? We ask how business and government have affected technological entrepreneurs, from railroads to technologies of global finance. We end by considering the tension between technologies that threaten our global environment and technologies that offer us hopes of a new world.
HSCI 4321 - History of Computing (TS, HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00497 - CSci 4921/HSci 4321
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Developments in the last 150 years; evolution of hardware and software; growth of computer and semiconductor industries and their relation to other business areas; changing relationships resulting from new data-gathering and analysis techniques; automation; social and ethical issues.
SCMC 3001W - History of Cinema and Media Culture (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Genealogy of cinema in relation to other media, notably photography, radio, television/video, and the Internet. Representative films from decisive moments in global development of cinema. Rise/fall of Hollywood studio system, establishment of different national cinemas, cinematic challenges to cultural imperialism, emergence of post-cinematic technologies.
TH 4555 - Audio Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Sound as science. Technology to create/manipulate sound. Recording techniques. Effects/signal processing. Microphone/mixing techniques. prereq: 1501 or instr consent
TH 5554 - Multimedia Production for Live Performance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Use of multimedia production technologies in actual production. Students apply knowledge/skill in conjunction with an artistic team on a production and are an integral part of the development/realization of that production. prereq: 5553 or instr consent
WRIT 3371W - Technology, Self, and Society (TS, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Cultural history of American technology. Social values that technology represents in shifts from handicraft to mass production/consumption, in modern transportation, communication, bioengineering. Ethical issues in power, work, identity, our relation to nature.
WRIT 3577W - Rhetoric, Technology, and the Internet (TS, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How persuasive communication is tailored to the Internet; how Internet technologies enable/limit persuasion; how to adapt rhetorical theory to 21st century digital writing; ethical issues, including free speech, copyright, fair use, privacy; rhetorics of social networks. prereq: Soph or jr or sr or instr consent
WRIT 4501 - Usability and Human Factors in Technical Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles/concepts of human factors/usability testing. Developing objectives, criteria, and measures. Conducting tests in lab, field, and virtual environments. Using software programs to analyze qualitative/quantitative data.