Media and Cultural Studies

Why Macalester for Media and Cultural Studies?

Media and Cultural Studies analyzes the poetics, politics and production of media texts, in alignment with the college’s commitment to internationalism, multiculturalism and community service, using theories and methods drawn from the humanities and the social sciences. The department offers an innovative 10-course major that includes opportunities for students to combine analysis, criticism and production.

Fall 2015 Courses

  • 110-01: Texts and Power: Foundations of Media and Cultural Studies
  • 114-01: News Reporting and Writing
  • 128-01: Film Analysis/Visual Culture
  • 128-02: Film Analysis/Visual Culture
  • 202-01: Global Media Industries
  • 234-01: New Media Theories/Practices
  • 334-01: Cultural Studies and the Media
  • 394-01: Fundamentals of Video Production
  • 488-01: Senior Seminar: Hip Hop and Representation

Spring 2016 Courses

  • 110-01: Texts and Power: Foundations of Media and Cultural Studies
  • 110-02: Texts and Power: Foundations of Media and Cultural Studies
  • 126-01: Local News Media Institutions
  • 248-01: History of Film 1893-1941
  • 294-01: Environmental Issues and the Media
  • 354-01: Blackness in the Media
  • 357-01: Adv Journalism: New Media
  • 394-01: Cultures of Neoliberalism
  • 394-02: Fundamentals Video Production
  • 394-03: Adv Topics: New Media
  • 488-01: Advanced Documentary Studies: Theory and Practice

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Media & Cultural Studies Toast & Jam Series

Throughout the school year, the Media and Cultural Studies Department presents films, lectures, and discussions in a series we call Toast & Jam.  Past Toast & Jam presentations include:

  • Norman Steinberg, the creator and director of The TV Writers Studio in New York discussed his work in the film and television industry. Mr. Steinberg is an Emmy Award winner who has penned screenplays for Blazing Saddles and My Favorite Year.
  • Documentary filmmaker, Alain LeTourneau presented OPEN ROAD, a film about urban spaces.
  • Mac Alum, Sara Kiener, co-owner of Film Presence, Brooklyn, NY-based marketing and outreach for independent films, gave a presentation with film clips to MCST students.
  • Documentary filmmaker and noted director Sam Green ("The Weather Underground") presented his documentary film on R. Buckminster Fuller.
  • Dave Zirin, Mac Alum and host of XM Satellite's Edge of Sports Radio presented A People's History of Sports in the U.S. 

Toast & Jam is always served!

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