Aug 22, 2019
Requirements for the Major
A major in Media Studies requires a minimum of 11 courses including senior seminar (MS 190 JT), with a concentration in Film/Video, Digital/Electronic Media, or Critical Studies.
All Media Studies majors will complete the following courses. Courses listed as fulfilling each requirement are subject to change, and other courses may be counted toward those requirements with the approval of the IMS curriculum committee.
One introductory critical/theoretical course
- MS 049 Introduction to Media Studies at SC, PZ, or PO
- MS 050 Introduction to Film Studies at PZ or PO, or LIT 130 CM
- MS 051 Introduction to Digital Media Studies at SC, PZ, or PO
One introductory production course
One course in media history
One course in media theory
A senior seminar
Senior Exercise applicable to major concentration.
Each student will also complete one of the following six-course concentrations
Critical Studies: Film Studies Option
Students desiring an emphasis in Film Studies should follow the Critical Studies track, tailoring their major by selecting the following courses:
One introduction critical/theoretical course
One introduction production course
All Media Studies majors must take the thesis- and project-based senior seminar (MS 190 JT) jointly taught during the fall semester by faculty from each of the concentrations. This seminar asks students to bring together the various aspects of their course of study. Scripps students will complete the senior sequence based on their track (Critical Studies, Film/Video or Digital/Electronic) detailed below.
Critical Studies (or Critical Studies: Film Studies option)
Students in this concentration must complete MS 190 JT Senior Seminar in Media Studies in the fall of their senior year. Critical Studies students will work on a significant writing project that may be used in conjunction with their senior thesis. This course fulfills the Scripps Senior Exercise requirement for students in the critical studies track. Selected students will be allowed to attempt honors in the spring by enrolling in MS 191 JT Senior Thesis in Media Studies . For the thesis (MS 191 JT), two readers will be required: one must be a member of the Media Studies faculty or affiliated faculty; the second reader may be from an appropriate discipline that reflects the content or theme of the work (e.g., history, literature, a foreign language, gender and women's studies, and so forth); one of the two readers must be a Scripps faculty member. MS 191 JT will count as one of the four electives required for the major.
Film/Video and Digital/Electronic
Students in this concentration must complete MS 190 JT Senior Seminar in Media Studies in the fall of their senior year. During this course film/video and digital/electronic concentrators will complete an approved project (film, video, printed matter, installation, etc.) and a major paper about their work. This course fulfills the Scripps Senior Exercise requirement for students in the film/video and digital/electronic tracks. Selected students will be allowed to attempt honors in the spring by enrolling in MS 192 JT Senior Project in Media Studies . Spring projects will be supervised by members of the Media Studies faculty from the Claremont Colleges. MS 192 JT Senior Project will count as one of the four electives required for the major.
Students combining Media Studies with a second major intending to complete a single senior thesis (or honors thesis/project) must integrate the skills and knowledge of both disciplines. The thesis (or honors project/thesis) must be cooperatively reviewed, read and graded by one faculty reader from each discipline; one of the two readers must be a Scripps faculty member. Spring enrollment will be in ID 191D .
A Scripps student who wishes to graduate with honors in Media Studies must:
- Achieve a minimum grade point average of 11.0 (A-) in the major;
- Be selected to participate in the second-semester Senior Project or Senior Thesis; and
- Earn grades of A or A- on their fall and spring thesis projects.