Comparative Media Studies Co-Major

For information, contact the Department of Media, Journalism and Film, 120 Williams Hall, 513-529-3521.

The CMS co-major will help you successfully navigate a life shaped by numerous and continually evolving media technologies like television, film, print, radio, mp3, video games, websites, smart phone apps, geographic mapping, data visualization software, and many more. As a CMS co-major, you will compare such media technologies and examine how different media function in different historical and cultural contexts.  In doing so, you will encounter disciplinary methods drawn from communication, media studies, sociology, history, music, art history, anthropology, computer science, philosophy, business and others. CMS is designed to help you control the media in your life rather than be controlled by them.

The CMS curriculum is highly flexible, allowing students to create a self-designed major and is ideal for students interested in gaining experience engaging with a wide range of media technologies. As a co-major, students are required to complete a primary major.  There is no specific degree designation for the co-major; students receive the degree designation of their primary major.

Program Requirements

(30 semester hours)

Complete a major in one of the divisions of the university.1

Core 2
CMS 101The Smartphone and Society3
CMS 301Comparative Approaches to Media Studies3
CMS 401Senior Seminar in Comparative Media Studies3
MAC 143Introduction to Media3
Critical/Analytical 3
You will consult with your CMS advisor to identify 3 courses from across the university relevant to your selected track. At least one of these courses must be a CMS-coded course. For non-CMS coded courses, you will be responsible for completing a project connecting that course content to track-specific concepts gained in CMS 201. If deemed appropriate by your advisor, that project can be completed through the course’s standard assignments. If the course’s standard assignments are not appropriate, you will design an assignment in consultation with your CMS advisor. Below, we provide a list of a few courses CMS students might be interested in taking. NOTE: many more courses could be used to fulfill this requirement even if they are not explicitly about media. For example: a student could make a History course about 19th century Russia a CMS-experience by completing a project that examines the role newspapers played in Russian politics.9
Each track must include the following:
Special Topics in Comparative Media Studies
Comparative Media Technologies:
Relevant courses include, but are not limited to the following:
Special Topics in Comparative Media Studies
Humanities and Technology
Narrative and Digital Technology
Media Technology & Culture
Comparative Media Cultures:
Relevant courses include, but are not limited to the following:
Special Topics in Comparative Media Studies
Mass Media and Politics
Soviet & Post-Soviet Russian Cinema
Comparative Media Histories:
Relevant courses include, but are not limited to the following:
Special Topics in Comparative Media Studies
History at the Movies
Roman Spectacle
Media History
Production Requirement9
In addition to the media production experiences you develop in CMS core courses, you must also develop a minimum competency in a form of media production of your choosing. Pick one of the following ways to satisfy this requirement:
Complete 3 courses (minimum 9 credits) in an individualized production track approved by your CMS advisor.
Complete a minor or certificate in a production-oriented program (e.g. Computer Science, Geographic Information Science Certificate).
Complete a first major with a substantial media production component (e.g. IMS, Computer Science, Art, Graphic Design, English/Creative Writing or Professional Writing, Paper Engineering).
Total Credit Hours30