Courses by Term

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:

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.: Creating Modern American Society: From the end of the Civil War

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: Literature and Philosophy
  • Economics 1: Introduction to Economics
  • Psychology 1 or W1: General Psychology
  • Psychology 2: Principles of Psychology
  • Rhetoric 10: Introduction to Practical Reasoning and Critical Analysis of Argument
  • Sociology 1: Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology 3AC: Principles of Sociology

IV. Introductory Media Studies

  • Media Studies W10: 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

DS.1 Research Methodologies Electives

  • Art Practice 178: Advanced Digital Media: Game Design Methods
  • Data Science C8: Foundations of Data Science
  • Media Studies 132: Researching Digital Media: Methods and Methodologies
  • Statistics C8: Foundations of Data Science
  • Statistics 20: Introduction to Probability and Statistics

DS.2 Virtual Communities and Social Media Electives

  • History 182A: Science, Technology, and Society
  • Information 103: History of Information
  • Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major 100J: The Social Life of Computing
  • Media Studies 168: Cybernetics and Cybercultures: The Psychosocial Impact of Digital Media
  • New Media 290/002: Special Topics in New Media: Queering Digital Cultures
  • Sociology 166: Society and Technology
  • Sociology 167: Virtual Communities/Social Media

DS.3 Digital Projects and Digital Storytelling Electives

  • Art C166: Critical Practices: People, Places, Participation (cross-list: NWMEDIA C166)
  • Film and Media 155: Media Technologies: Cinema After Digitization
  • Media Studies 101: Visual Culture
  • Media Studies 190-003: Special Topics in Media Studies: Digital Storytelling: Crisis, Catastrophe and Speculative Futures
  • New Media C166: Critical Practices: People, Places, Participation (cross-list: ART C166)
  • New Media 201: Questioning New Media
  • New Media C265: Interface Aesthetics
  • New Media 204: Critical Practices: People, Places, Participation
  • New Media 205: Locative Media
  • New Media C262: Tangible User Interfaces
  • New Media C263: Technologies for Creativity and Learning

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.

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.: Creating Modern American Society: From the end of the Civil War

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: Literature and Philosophy
  • Economics 1: Introduction to Economics
  • Psychology 1 or W1: General Psychology
  • Psychology 2: Principles of Psychology
  • Rhetoric 10: Introduction to Practical Reasoning and Critical Analysis of Argument
  • Sociology 1: Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology 3AC: Principles of Sociology

IV. Introductory Media Studies

  • Media Studies W10: 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

GCS.1 Research Methodologies Electives

  • Gender and Women Studies 101: Doing Feminist Research
  • Global Studies 102: Critical Thinking In Global Studies

GCS.2 Visual Culture Electives

  • Asian American Studies 171: Asian Americans in Film and Video
  • Chinese 172: Contemporary Chinese Language Cinema
  • East Asian Languages and Cultures 181: East Asian Film: Special Topics in Genre
  • 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 (Topic TBA)
  • Film and Media 171: Special Topics in Film Genre: Bloodsuckers, Aesthetes, and Queers: Tracking the Vampire Genre
  • Film and Media 172: Auteur Theory (all topics)
  • Global Studies 100S: Global Societies and Cultures
  • Korean 188: Cold War Culture in Korea: Literature and Film
  • Media Studies 101: Visual Culture
  • Rhetoric 145: Science, Narrative, and Image

GCS.3 Popular Culture Electives

  • American Studies 101: Examining US Cultures in Time: Dust and Chrome: America and the 1930s
  • American Studies 101: Examining US Cultures in Time: Speed in American Culture
  • Asian American Studies 132AC: Islamophobia and Constructing Otherness
  • Asian American Studies 138: Topics in Asian Popular Culture (all topics)
  • English 176: Literature and Popular Culture 
  • Japanese 178:The Politics of Japanese Culture from the Bubble to the Present
  • Korean 109: Korean Language in Popular Media
  • Media Studies 190-001: Special Topics in Media Studies: Beauty, Gender and Race in Global Popular Culture
  • Sociology 163: Popular Culture

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.

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.: Creating Modern American Society: From the end of the Civil War

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: Literature and Philosophy
  • Economics 1: Introduction to Economics
  • Psychology 1 or W1: General Psychology
  • Psychology 2: Principles of Psychology
  • Rhetoric 10: Introduction to Practical Reasoning and Critical Analysis of Argument
  • Sociology 1: Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology 3AC: Principles of Sociology

IV. Introductory Media Studies

  • Media Studies W10: 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

MLP.1 Research Methodologies Electives

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

MLP.2 Institutions Electives

  • African American Studies 134/C134: Information Technology and Society
  • American Studies C172: History of American Business (cross-list: UGBA C172)
  • German 160B: Politics and Culture in 20th Century Germany: Fascism and Propaganda
  • Information 134: Information Technology Economics, Strategy, and Policy
  • Political Science 106A: Campaign Strategy: Media and Message
  • Sociology 110: Organizations and Social Institutions
  • Sociology 117: Sport as a Social Institution
  • Undergraduate Business Administration 106: Marketing
  • Undergraduate Business Administration 160: Consumer Insight
  • Undergraduate Business Administration: History of American Business (cross-list: AMERSTD C172)

MLP.3 Citizenship Electives

  • Asian American Studies 132AC: Islamophobia and Constructing Otherness
  • Letters and Science C180U: Wealth and Poverty (cross-list: PUBPOL C103)
  • Public Policy C103: Wealth and Poverty (cross-list: LS C180U)
  • Sociology 140: Politics and Social Change
  • Sociology 145: Social Change

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.

Prerequisite Courses

The last opportunity to apply to Media Studies and follow the Declared Fall 2018 to Summer 2021 Requirements was Summer 2021. See Applying: Overview and Prerequisites.

Research Methods Courses

  • Political Science 3: Introduction to Empirical Analysis & Quantitative Methods
  • Sociology 5: Evaluation of Evidence
  • Media Studies 132: Researching Digital Media: Methods and Methodologies
  • Psychology 101: Research and Data Analysis in Psychology

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 101-001: Examining US Cultures in Time: Speed in American Culture
  • American Studies 101-002: Examining US Cultures in Time: Dust and Chrome: America and the 1930s
  • American Studies C172: History of American Business (cross-list: UGBA C172)
  • German 160B: Politics and Culture in 20th Century Germany: Fascism and Propaganda
  • History 182A: Science, Technology, and Society
  • Information 103: History of Information
  • Undergraduate Business Administration C172: History of American Business (cross-list: AMERSTD C172)

Group B: Specialization in a Medium Electives

  • Asian American Studies 171: Asian Americans in Film and Video
  • Chinese 172: Contemporary Chinese Language Cinema
  • East Asian Languages and Cultures 181: East Asian Film: Special Topics in Genre (Topic TBA)
  • English 176: Literature and Popular Culture
  • Ethnic Studies 122AC: Ethnicity and Race in Contemporary American Films
  • Film and Media 170: Special Topics in Film (Topic TBA)
  • Film and Media 171: Special Topics in Film Genre: Bloodsuckers, Aesthetes, and Queers: Tracking the Vampire Genre
  • Film and Media 172: Auteur Theory
  • Film and Media 145: Global Media
  • Film and Media 125: Documentary Forms
  • Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major 100J: The Social Life of Computing
  • Korean 188: Cold War Culture in Korea: Literature and Film
  • Media Studies 168: Cybernetics and Cybercultures: The Psychosocial Impact of Digital Media
  • Media Studies 190-003: Special Topics in Media Studies: Digital Storytelling: Crisis, Catastrophe and Speculative Futures
  • Native American Studies 158: Native Americans and the Cinema
  • Rhetoric 114: Rhetoric of New Media
  • Sociology 167: Virtual Communities/Social Media

Group C: Theory and Application Electives

  • Asian American Studies 132AC: Islamaphobia and Constructing Otherness
  • Asian American Studies 138: Topics in Asian Popular Culture (all topics)
  • Demography 180: Social Networks
  • Global Studies 100S: Global Societies and Cultures
  • Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major (ISF) 100C: Language and Identity
  • Japanese 178: Murakami Haruki and Miyazaki Hayao: the Politics of Japanese Culture from the Bubble to the Present
  • Korean 109: Korean Language in Popular Media
  • Letters and Science C180U: Wealth and Poverty (cross-list: PUBPOL C103)
  • Media Studies 101: Visual Culture
  • Media Studies 190-001: Special Topics in Media Studies: Beauty, Gender and Race in Global Popular Culture
  • Political Science 106A: American Politics: Campaign Strategy–Media
  • Public Policy C103: Wealth and Poverty (cross-list: LS C180U)
  • Rhetoric 145: Science, Narrative, and Image
  • Sociology 110: Organizations and Social Institutions
  • Sociology 117: Sport as a Social Institution
  • Sociology 133: Sociology of Gender
  • Sociology 140: Politics and Social Change
  • Sociology 145: Social Change
  • Sociology 163: Popular Culture
  • Sociology 166: Society and Technology
  • South and Southeast Asian Studies 167: Contemporary Popular Cultures of the Philippines
  • 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.

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