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American Culture and Media Arts

Carolyn Kitch, Ph.D., Director
330D Annenberg Hall
215-204-5077
ckitch@temple.edu

The American Culture and Media Arts major combines faculty and courses from the American Studies program (in the College of Liberal Arts), the Film and Media Arts Department, and the Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising Departments, (in the School of Communications and Theater). It is one of the first programs to bridge two schools at Temple, making use of the University’s broadest resources. Students may choose this major from either school (CLA or SCAT), with the requirements the same in either case. The major is a response to the fact that mediated culture – film, television, radio, photography, print journalism – has come to dominate the experience of Americans, while at the same time American values and traditions inform our creation and reception of the media. They will also develop skills in historical and contemporary research. Majors sign up, in their senior year, for a semester or more of Internship at one of any number of media-related industries and museums in the Philadelphia area, designed to give students practical experience. Academic work and fieldwork are coordinated and keyed to the student’s program of study and interests.

Students graduating with the American Culture and Media Arts degree can expect to pursue careers in media-related organizations, e.g., film, video, and radio production; archival and library positions, particularly in media institutions; public relations jobs in media; museum research positions supporting exhibitions and media; and writing about media for publications. Graduates can also pursue advanced training at the graduate level in documentary film production.

Students must meet:
1. University Core Requirements
2. College of Liberal Arts Requirements
3. Major Requirements: A minimum of 36 credits from the following course lists is required for the major. (Students may petition for certain “Special Topics” courses to fulfill requirements.)

For full description of the program can be found in Intercollegial Programs.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR

Department

Course

Title

s.h.

Core Indicator

Select one of these two:

FMA

0102

Production of Media Culture

3

 

JPRA

C055

Introduction to Mass Media

3

IN

Select five courses from this list (SCAT):

FMA X155 Introduction to Film and Video Analysis 3 AR/ WI

FMA

0202

Production Research and Development

4

 

FMA

0203

Theory and Practice of Media Culture

4

 

FMA

W360

History of Documentary

4

WI

FMA

W368

History of Narrative Film

4

WI

JPRA

060

Introduction to Visual Communications

3

 

JPRA

0222

Intro to Magazines

3

 

JPRA

0226

Intro to Advertising

3

 

JPRA

0320

Race and Racism in the News

3

 

JPRA

0335

History of Journalism

3

 

JPRA

0352

Gender and American Mass Media

3

 

Select five courses from this list (American Studies):

Am St

0102

Technology and American Culture

3

 

Am St

0103

American Places: Home, City, Region

3

 

Am St

0104

The Arts in America

3

 

Am St

0105

Ideal America: Reform, Revolution and Utopia

3

 

Am St

0108

Immigrant Experiences in America

3

 

Am St

R112

African American Experiences

3

RS

Am St

W118

The American Woman: Vision and Revision

3

WI

Am St

0124

Political Protest and Culture in the 60s

3

 

Am St

0125

Photography in America

3

 

Am St

0126

Documentary Film and American Society

3

 

Am St

0127

Mass Media and Amer. Pop Culture

3

 

Am St

0128

Philadelphia Neighborhoods

3

 

Am St

R136

Asian American Experience

3

RS

Am St

W140

Radicalism in the U.S.

3

WI

Capstone Course (select one) Majors sign up, in their senior year, for either an academic thesis project or an internship at a media-related industry or museum in the Philadelphia area.

Am St

W393

Senior Seminar in American Studies

3

WI*

FMA

0380

Senior Media Culture Thesis I

4

Writing Capstone

JPRA

0391

Special Projects I

1-4

 

* Indicates Writing Capstone for the Major

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