Requirements

Digital Studies Global Cultural Studies Media Law and Policy

 

Prerequisite Requirements

1
Media Studies 10 or W10: Introduction to Media Studies
2
Various: Post Civil War American History
3
Various: American Institutions
4
Various: Introduction to Social Sciences and Humanities

 

Core Major Requirements

5
Media Studies 111A, 111B, or 111C: Media Studies History
6
Media Studies 112: Media Theories and Processes
7
Media Studies 113: Media and Democracy
8
Media Studies 114: Media and Globalization

 

Area Electives

9
DS.1: RM
GCS.1: RM
MLP.1: RM
10
DS.2: VC&SM
GCS.2: Visual Culture
MLP.2: Institutions
11
DS.3: DP&DS
GCS.3: Popular Culture
MLP.3: Citizenship

 

Additional Electives

12
Any Approved UD Elective*
Any Approved UD Elective*
Any Approved UD Elective*
13
Any Approved UD Elective*
Any Approved UD Elective*
Any Approved UD Elective*
*Students may take upper division electives from any concentration to satisfy the additional electives requirement.

Prerequisite Requirements

To apply to Media Studies, students must complete all four prerequisites before applying OR complete Media Studies 10 or W10 and two other prerequisites and be officially enrolled in the fourth.

Introduction to Media Studies
Media Studies 10 or W10: Introduction to Media Studies*
Post Civil War American History
History 7B: The United States from Civil War to Present**
History 124A: The United States from the Late 19th Century to the Eve of World War II**
History 124B: The United States from World War II**
History 131B: Creating Modern American Society: From the End of the Civil War**
American Institutions
Political Science 1 or N1AC : Introduction to American Politics**
Introduction to Social Sciences and Humanities
Anthropology 3AC: Introduction to Social/Cultural Anthropology**
Comparative Literature 20: Episodes in Literary Cultures**
Comparative Literature 20A: Episodes in Literary Cultures: Literature and Philosophy**
Comparative Literature 20B: Episodes in Literary Cultures: Literature and Society**
Comparative Literature 20C: Episodes in Literary Cultures: Literature and History**
Economics 1 or 2: 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**
Rhetoric 20: Rhetorical Interpretation**
Sociology 1: Introduction to Sociology**
Sociology 3AC: Principles of Sociology**
Theater 26: Introduction to Performance Studies**

* Beginning Fall 2020, all students planning to declare the Media Studies major MUST complete Media Studies 10 or W10 at UC Berkeley.

** For California community college prerequisite course equivalents, visit assist.org. If you are transferring from another school and wish to use a course you have taken to satisfy a prerequisite requirement, you may submit this course substitution form and Dr. Josh Jackson will review your request.

Areas of Concentration

Digital Studies
Digital Studies is an intersection between humanities, social sciences, art, and computer sciences. This area offers courses on a variety of digital, social, and creative media as a means of exploring networked connectivity as the sum of technologies, industries, and user practices. It also examines how various areas of scholarship are reshaped by new technologies, behaviors, and data-driven inquiries.

To fulfill this area of concentration, students must complete an elective from each of the three categories below. Click on this link to view a list of pre-approved courses for this area.

  • DS.1 Research Methodologies 
  • DS.2 Virtual Communities and Social Media 
  • DS.3 Digital Projects and Digital Storytelling

Global Cultural Studies explores how textual, audio, and visual cultures as well as representational practices are produced and circulated within and across local, national, regional, and global social fields. This area examines a broad spectrum of concerns including global communication, postcolonialism, diaspora, consumerism, identity and community, and public cultures.

To fulfill this area of concentration, students must complete an elective from each of the three categories below. Click on this link to view a list of pre-approved courses for this area.

  • GCS.1 Research Methodologies 
  • GCS.2 Visual Culture
  • GCS.3 Popular Culture

Media Law and Policy 
Media Law and Policy recognizes it would be impossible to understand law and politics without appreciating the significance of media. This area uses media to study a wide range of legal, regulatory, political, and activist concerns, including the First Amendment, privacy and surveillance, cyberlaw, and intellectual property as well as social movements, social justice, and political transformation.

To fulfill this area of concentration, students must complete an elective from each of the three categories below. Click on this link to view a list of pre-approved courses for this area.
 
  • MLP.1 Research Methodologies 
  • MLP.2 Institutions 
  • MLP.3 Citizenship 
 
FAQ
Below are a series of answers to potential student questions on the new curriculum. We’ll add additional information with time. Current answers are subject to revision.
 
Can majors declared in the old curriculum switch to the new curriculum?
Yes – currently declared majors who want to switch from the old curriculum to the new curriculum can do so using a form we will be posting here closer to the start of Fall 2021. Students should ensure that by switching to the new curriculum, they will still be able to graduate by their Expected Graduation Term. Students should carefully review the information on the form before submitting it.
 
Can new admits opt for the older curriculum or opt out of an area of concentration?
No, that in effect creates an additional, unapproved curriculum path.
 
Can an elective meet two area electives from the same area?
No, the students must complete three area electives, each from a different category.
 
Is there a minimum number of units necessary for a class to count as an elective?
Yes, an elective must be at least two units.
 
Do the electives need to be upper-division (numbered 100-199)?
Yes, with the exception of the research methodologies elective (since such courses are often introductory by nature).
 
Can students fulfill the research methodologies elective at a community college?
No, students must take the research methodologies course at Cal in order to better guarantee topics, assignments, and readings comparable with those research methodologies courses offered by our program. Students may still complete three of the four prerequisites (exempting Introduction to Media Studies) at another college or university. Approved prerequisites at California community colleges can be found on assist.org. Students may request for courses from other colleges and universities to be reviewed as possible prerequisites by submitting a course substitution form.
 
How many courses can a student take from the same outside department or program?
Students may take no more than two upper-division courses (numbered 100-199) from  the same outside department or program. This includes cross-listed and combined (room-shared) classes (e.g., Information C167  counts as both an Information class and Sociology class, because it is cross-listed with Sociology C167).  This limit does not apply to lower-division courses (numbered 1 – 99). It does apply to upper-division prerequisites and research methodology courses. 
 
Do the electives need to be upper-division (numbered 100-199)?
Yes, with the exception of the research methodologies elective (since such courses are often introductory by nature). Only the course that applies to the research methodologies category can be lower-division. All electives, whether they count as research methodologies in other areas of concentrations or not, must be upper-division.

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