Modern Culture and Media (MCM) is an interdisciplinary concentration that explores the ties between media and broader cultural and social formations. We stress creative thinking and critical production: comparative analysis and theoretical reflection, as well as work that integrates practice and theory. We thus bring together aspects of modern culture that are normally separated by university departmental structures such as film and media studies, fine art, literature, literary arts and philosophy. This concentration offers the student a wide range of possible specializations. A student might decide to focus the critical study and production of a certain type or combination of media (print, photography, sound recording, cinema, video, television, and digital media); or they might focus on certain cultural, theoretical and/or social formations (for example, gender/sexuality in post-Cold war television, postcolonial theory and film, the changing form of the novel, theories of subjectivity and ideology, video games and theories of representation). What unites these diverse paths is a commitment to critical thinking/practice: rather than reproducing conventions, MCM concentrators learn how conventions emerge, what work they do, and explore ways to change them.
Concentration in MCM
Track I consists of 11 MCM courses. Courses from other departments may count toward the fulfillment of a focus area, and must be approved by an MCM concentration advisor as part of a coherent program of study.
Track II concentration consists of 11 courses distributed as follows: two core courses, two additional courses below the 1000-level, three 1000-level courses, four production courses, and one senior seminar. Students are expected to meet regularly with their concentration advisors; they are required to meet at the beginning of their seventh semester to review their concentrations.
Any MCM faculty member can be your advisor and sign your concentration forms - Wendy Chun, Anthony Cokes, Lynne Joyrich, Joshua Neves, Ellen Rooney, Philip Rosen, Leslie Thornton. If you are revising your forms using the paper version, any faculty memeber can sign, but the Director of Undergraduate studies has the final approval. Please submit signed concentration forms to Liza Hebert, MCM Room 104 and she will get get the DUS approval and submit to the Registrar.
Please Note: Students who have already declared a concentration using the paper form must revise that concentration and add additional concentrations by using the paper form. Paper Concentration forms
If you have not already declared a concentration using this form, please use the online declaration form.