Media Studies

Courses

Media Studies Courses by Term

In each term and curricula section, you will find the courses that satisfy major course requirements, including prerequisites. These lists are created after the Schedule of Classes has been published for the term and before students start enrolling. Keep in mind that the Schedule of Classes is subject to change. If you notice anything that needs to be removed or added to these lists, please let us know by sending an email to mediastudies_advising@berkeley.edu.

Visit the following pages on the Media Studies website when planning your future courses:

See below for a list of Summer 2024 offerings that apply towards the Media Studies major. Enrollment information for summer classes can be found on the Berkeley Summer Session Registration website. For a complete list of Summer 2024 course offerings, please visit the Summer 2024 Schedule of Classes. Note that the list below is subject to change.

Students looking for the requirements for the old curriculum can find this information through the following links:

 

Prerequisite Courses

I. American History (Post-Civil War period)

  • History 7B: Introduction to History of the U.S. – Civil War to Present
  • History 131B: Social History of the U.S. – End of Civil War to Global Age

 

II. American Institutions

  • Political Science 1: Introduction to American Politics

 

III. Introductory Social Sciences and Humanities

  • Anthropology 3AC: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Psychology 1 or W1: General Psychology
  • Sociology 3AC: Principles of Sociology

 

IV. Introductory Media Studies

  • Media Studies 10: Introduction to Media Studies (Online)

 

Core Courses

Media Studies Core Courses are not currently not offered in the Summer.


Elective Courses

Media Studies students must complete five electives total: three electives from your concentration plus two additional upper-division electives from any concentration. For the three concentration electives, students must choose one course from each sub-category of their concentration.


Digital Studies Concentration (DS)

DS.1 Research Methodologies Electives

  • Computer Science C8: Foundations of Data Science (cross-listed with Data Science C8, Information C8, and Statistics C8)
  • Data Science C8: Foundations of Data Science (cross-listed with Computer Science C8, Information C8, and Statistics C8)
  • Demography 180: Social Networks
  • Information C8 (cross-listed with Computer Science C8, Data Science C8, and Statistics C8)
  • Statistics C8: Foundations of Data Science (cross-listed with Computer Science C8, Data Science C8, and Information C8)
  • Statistics 20: Introduction to Probability and Statistics


DS.2 Virtual Communities and Social Media Electives

  • Interdisciplinary Studies Field (ISF) 100D: Introduction to Technology, Society, and Culture
  • Journalism 111: Social Media
  • Sociology 167: Virtual Communities/Social Media
  • Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies 1118AC: Performance, Television, and Social Media


DS.3 Digital Projects and Digital Storytelling Electives

  • Digital Humanities 150A: Digital Humanities and Archival Design
  • Film and Media 155: Media Technologies
  • Journalism 110: Introduction to Multimedia
  • Journalism 115: Advanced Multimedia
  • Journalism 122: The Future of Visual Storytelling
  • Journalism 124: Data Journalism
  • Media Studies 138: Ethnographic Film and Documentary Form: History, Ethics and Aesthetics of Reality Based Media
  • New Media 151AC: Transforming Tech

 

Global Cultural Studies Concentration (GCS)

GCS.1 Research Methodologies Electives

There are no GCS.1 electives courses being offered Summer 2024.


GCS.2 Visual Culture Electives

  • Chicano Studies 135C: Latino Documentary Film
  • Ethnic Studies 122AC: Ethnicity and Race in Contemporary American Films
  • Film and Media 125: Documentary Forms
  • Film and Media 170: Special Topics in Film
  • Film and Media 171: Special Topics in Film Genre
  • Media Studies 138: Ethnographic Film and Documentary Form: History, Ethics and Aesthetics of Reality Based Media
  • Media Studies 190: U.S. Consumerism: A Critical Study of Marketing Today
  • Native American Studies 158: Native Americans and the Cinema
  • Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies 1118AC: Performance, Television, and Social Media


GCS.3 Popular Culture Electives

  • English 176: Literature and Popular Culture
  • Sociology 160: Sociology of Culture

 

Media Law & Policy Concentration (MLP)

MLP.1 Research Methodologies Electives

  • Environmental Economics C1: Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Political Science 3/W3: Empirical Analysis and Quantitative Methods
  • Public Policy 101: Introduction to Public Policy Analysis
  • Sociology 5: Evaluation of Evidence


MLP.2 Institutions Electives

  • Media Studies 190: U.S. Consumerism: A Critical Study of Marketing Today
  • New Media 151AC: Transforming Tech
  • Undergraduate Business Administration 106: Marketing


MLP.3 Citizenship Electives

  • Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major 100I: Consumer Society and Culture
  • Media Studies 138: Ethnographic Film and Documentary Form: History, Ethics and Aesthetics of Reality Based Media
  • Political Science 164A: Political Psychology and Involvement
  • Sociology 141: Social Movements and Political Action

 

Additional Electives

See Digital Studies, Global Cultural Studies, and Media Law & Policy upper-division electives when selecting two additional upper-division electives from any concentration for the major.

Quicklink: Summer 2024 Schedule of Classes

Prerequisite Courses

I. American History (Post-Civil War period)

  • History 7B: Introduction to History of the U.S. – Civil War to Present
  • History 131B: Social History of the U.S. – End of Civil War to Global Age

II. American Institutions

  • Political Science 1: Introduction to American Politics

III. Introductory Social Sciences and Humanities

  • Anthropology 3AC: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Comparative Literature 20: Episodes in Literary Cultures
  • Economics 1: Introduction to Economics
  • Economics 2: Introduction to Economics – Lecture Format
  • Psychology 1 or W1: General Psychology
  • Psychology 2: Principles of Psychology
  • Rhetoric 20: Rhetorical Interpretation
  • Sociology 1: Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology 3AC: Principles of Sociology

IV. Introductory Media Studies

  • Media Studies 10: Introduction to Media Studies

 

Core Courses

  • Media Studies 111C: Audio-Visual Media History
  • Media Studies 112: Media Theories and Processes
  • Media Studies 113: Media and Democracy
  • Media Studies 114: Media and Globalization


Elective Courses

Media Studies students must complete five electives total: three electives from your concentration plus two additional upper-division electives from any concentration. For the three concentration electives, students must choose one course from each sub-category of their concentration.


Digital Studies Concentration (DS)

DS.1 Research Methodologies Electives

  • Data Science C8: Foundations of Data Science (cross-listed with Statistics C8)
  • Media Studies 132: Researching Digital Media: Methods and Methodologies
  • Statistics C8: Foundations of Data Science (cross-listed with Data Science C8)
  • Statistics 20: Introduction to Probability and Statistics


DS.2 Virtual Communities and Social Media Electives

  • Information 103: History of Information
  • Interdisciplinary Studies Field (ISF) 100D: Introduction to Technology, Society, and Culture
  • Interdisciplinary Studies Field (ISF) 100J: The Social Life of Computing
  • Media Studies 168: Cybernetics and Cybercultures: The Psychosocial Impact of Digital Media
  • Sociology 166: Society and Technology


DS.3 Digital Projects and Digital Storytelling Electives

  • Film and Media 155: Media Technologies
  • Media Studies 101: Visual Culture
  • Media Studies 190 – 001: Special Topics in Media Studies: Digital Storytelling: Crisis, Catastrophe and Speculative Futures
  • New Media 200: History and Theory of New Media
  • New Media C203: Critical Making
  • New Media C265: Interface Aesthetics

 

Global Cultural Studies Concentration (GCS)

GCS.1 Research Methodologies Electives

  • Gender and Women Studies 101: Doing Feminist Research
  • Global Studies 102: Critical Thinking In Global Studies
  • Media Studies 131: Cultural Studies Research Methodology


GCS.2 Visual Culture Electives

  • Asian American Studies 171: Asian Americans in Film and Video
  • Ethnic Studies 122AC: Ethnicity and Race in Contemporary American Films
  • Film and Media 125: Documentary Forms
  • Film and Media 135: Experimental and Alternative Media Art
  • Film and Media 145: Global Media
  • Film and Media 170: Special Topics in Film
  • Film and Media 171: Special Topics in Film Genre
  • Film and Media 172: Special Topics in Film Auteurism
  • Gender and Women’s Studies 125: Women and Film
  • Gender and Women’s Studies C146B: Representations of Sexualities: Queer Visual Culture (cross-listed with LGBT C146B)
  • Global Studies 100S: Global Societies and Cultures
  • Japanese 189: Topics in Japanese Film
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Studies C146B: Representations of Sexualities: Queer Visual Culture (cross-listed with GWS C146B)
  • Media Studies 101: Visual Culture
  • Native American Studies 158: Native Americans and the Cinema
  • Rhetoric 136: Art and Authorship
  • Scandinavian 115: Studies in Drama and Film: The Films of Ingmar Bergman


GCS.3 Popular Culture Electives

  • American Studies 101: Examining US Cultures in Time (all topics)
  • American Studies 102: Examining US Cultures in Place (all topics)
  • Asian American Studies 132/132AC: Islamophobia and Constructing Otherness
  • Korean 109: Korean Language in Popular Media
  • Media Studies 175: Gender, Race and National Identity in Global Popular Culture
  • Rhetoric 171: The Problem of Mass Culture and the Rhetoric of Social Theory
  • Sociology 160: Sociology of Culture
  • Sociology 163: Popular Culture

 

Media Law & Policy Concentration (MLP)

MLP.1 Research Methodologies Electives

  • Public Policy 101 (4 units): Introduction to Public Policy Analysis
  • Sociology 5 (4 units): Evaluation of Evidence


MLP.2 Institutions Electives

  • Information 134: Information Technology
  • Journalism 136: Media Ethics
  • Political Science 106A: American Politics: Campaign Strategy – Media
  • Sociology 110: Organizations and Social Institutions
  • Sociology 117: Sport as a Social Institution
  • Undergraduate Business Administration 106: Marketing
  • Undergraduate Business Administration 160: Consumer Insight


MLP.3 Citizenship Electives

  • Anthropology 156A: Politics and Anthropology
  • Asian American Studies 132/132AC: Islamophobia and Constructing Otherness
  • Sociology 141: Social Movements and Political Action

Additional Electives

See Digital Studies, Global Cultural Studies, and Media Law & Policy upper-division electives when selecting two additional upper-division electives from any concentration for the major.

Quicklink: Spring 2024 Schedule of Classes

This set of major requirements is for students who have declared Media Studies between Fall 2018 and Summer 2021. Students declared in the major starting Fall 2021 should refer to the Curriculum with Concentration requirements.

 

Research Methods Courses

  • Media Studies 132: Researching Digital Media: Methods and Methodologies
  • Psychology 101: Research and Data Analysis in Psychology
  • Sociology 5: Evaluation of Evidence


Core Courses

  • Media Studies 111C: Audio-Visual Media History
  • Media Studies 112: Media Theories and Processes
  • Media Studies 113: Media and Democracy


Group A: History Electives

  • American Studies 101: Examining US Cultures in Time
  • German 160C: Politics and Culture in 20th-Century Germany: A Divided Nation. Politics and Culture in Germany 1945-1990
  • Information 103: History of Information
  • Interdisciplinary Studies Field (ISF) 100D: Introduction to Technology, Science, and Culture
  • Rhetoric 171: The Problem of Mass Culture and the Rhetoric of Social Theory


Group B: Specialization in a Medium Electives

  • Asian American Studies 171: Asian Americans in Film and Video
  • Ethnic Studies 122AC: Ethnicity and Race in Contemporary American Films
  • Film and Media 125: Documentary Forms
  • Film and Media 145: Global Media
  • Film and Media 170: Special Topics in Film
  • Film and Media 171: Special Topics in Film Genre
  • Gender and Women’s Studies 125: Women and Film
  • Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major 100B: Interdisciplinary Theories of the Self and Identity
  • Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major 100J: The Social Life of Computing
  • Media Studies 168: Cybernetics and Cybercultures: The Psychosocial Impact of Digital Media
  • Native American Studies 158: Native Americans and the Cinema
  • Scandinavian 115: Studies in Drama and Film: The Films of Ingmar Bergman


Group C: Theory and Application Electives

  • Gender and Women’s Studies C146B: Cultural Representations of Sexualities: Queer Visual Culture
  • Global Studies 100S: Global Societies and Cultures
  • Journalism 136: Media Ethics
  • Korean 109: Korean Language in Popular Media
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Studies C146B: Cultural Representations of Sexualities: Queer Visual Culture
  • Media Studies 101: Visual Culture
  • Media Studies 114: Media and Globalization
  • Political Science 106A: American Politics: Campaign Strategy–Media
  • Psychology 160: Social Psychology
  • Sociology 110: Organizations and Social Institutions
  • Sociology 117: Sport as a Social Institution
  • Sociology 133: Sociology of Gender
  • Sociology 141: Social Movements and Political Action
  • Sociology 150: Social Psychology
  • Sociology 160: Sociology of Culture
  • Sociology 163: Popular Culture
  • Sociology 166: Society and Technology
  • Undergraduate Business Administration 106: Marketing

 

Additional Electives

Students must take two additional electives from any group: Group A: History, Group B: Specialization in a Medium, and Group C: Theory and Application. See lists above.

Quicklink: Spring 2024 Schedule of Classes

 

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