Additional Independent Concentration Tracks

In addition to MCM Track I and II the following tracks (MCM-German, MCM-Italian and Semiotics-French) and their respective requirements have been formally approved as Independent Concentration Tracks and require only sign off from the respective concentration advisor(s) in the department(s) associated. Note: If the track is jointly offered it requires sign off from both departments. Once declarations have been approved by the advisor(s) the student needs to bring concentration forms to the representative in the Office of the Dean of the College for final approval and ultimately to the Office of the Registrar.

Modern Culture and Media – German Track 

This track is offered jointly by the Department of German Studies and the Department of Modern Culture and Media. It offers interested students an opportunity to explore the phenomenon of "Germany" using the approaches of cultural theory. Students will take a number of required courses through which they learn the basic theories and approaches to issues of language and meaning, subjectivity and identity, ideology and consciousness, gender and sexuality, and theories of narrativity. Other courses offer the student an overview of the German textual traditions in literature, philosophy, music, film, and the fine arts. German language proficiency is expected of all participants in the program and may be gained by a variety of approaches available within the German Studies Department. Overseas study at Berlin's Humboldt University or in special cases at an equivalent institution is considered a normal part of this program. All students will be required to complete a final project.

Course Requirements
This program includes 11 courses + senior thesis = 12 courses required. 
2 courses from among: MCM0110 Introduction to Modern Culture & Media
MCM0230 Digital Media
MCM0240 Television Studies
MCM0250 Visuality and Visual Theories
MCM0260 Cinematic Codinga and Narrativity
MCM1110 The Theory of the Sign
Introduction to German Studies GRMN0900 Introduction to German Studies
2 courses in German Studies Students are required to take at least two courses in German Studies at the 1000-level with topics relevant to the focus area.
1 senior thesis Students may register for GRMN1990 or MCM1990.
6 courses from: Strongly recommended for all concentrators:  
HIST 1370: Germany, l9l4 to the Present, or  COLT l2l0: Introduction to the Theory of Literature

Also Recommended
HIAA 0850: Modem Architecture
GRMN 1440: Studies in Literary Genre
GRMN 1450: Seminars in German Literature
MCM 1200: Special Topics in Modem Culture and Media
MCM 1500: Senior Seminars in Modern Culture and Media
PHIL 1660: Metaphysics

Students are encouraged to examine the Course Announcement carefully in consultation with their advisors to select courses that augment their concentration and, in particular, inform their final projects. In addition, students will normally complete two to four of those electives while studying in Berlin or at another location approved by the concentration advisor.

Students who are unable to study in Germany will be required to demonstrate reading knowledge of German.

Students are encouraged to consult with the concentration advisors for German Studies and Modem Culture and Media as early as possible in order to begin planning their course work sequences and their final project.

 

Modern Culture and Media – Italian Track

This track is offered jointly by the Department of Italian Studies and the Department of Modern Culture and Media.

Course Requirements
This program includes 11 courses + senior thesis = 12 courses required.
6 Italian Studies Department courses The following 6 courses are to be taken in Italian Studies Department.

a. Students must take:
ITAL0950 Introduction to Italian Cinema
ITAL100 Studies in Contemporary Italian Cinema 
ITAL1030 Realism and Utopia in Italian Film

b. Any three courses of the following:
ITAL1340 Garibaldi and the Risorgimento 
ITAL1350 Contemporary Italian Literature
ITAL1390 Modern Italian History
ITAL1400 Special Topics in Italian Studies
Modern Culture & Media courses The following 5 courses are to be taken in Modern Culture & Media.

a. Any 3 courses of the following:
MCM0110 Introduction to Modern Culture & Media
MCM0230 Digital Media
MCM0240Television Studies 
MCM0250 Visuality and Visual Theories
MCM0260 Cinematic Coding and Narrativity
MCM1110 The Theory of the Sign

b. At least 1 course numbered MCM1200

c. At least 1 course numbered MCM1500
1 senior thesis Students may register for ITAL1990 or MCM1990 Senior thesis.

Students are encouraged to consider study at the University of Bologna through the Brown Program in Bologna, though this is by no means a requirement for fulfillment of the program. Courses taken at the University of Bologna may substitute for Italian Studies and MCM courses (no more than 2 from either department) at the discretion of the student’s advisors.

Honors: Honors will require a thesis and will normally be undertaken by signaling intent during the junior year.

 

French Semiotics Track

This track is offered jointly by the Department of French Studies and the Department of Modern Culture and Media. It is intended for students who wish to receive special preparation in French language and literature, with emphasis on contemporary semiotic theory, and those students whose primary interest is in theory and who wish to strengthen their knowledge of French language, literature, and culture. Students wishing to declare this concentration must select an advisor from each of the two sponsoring departments.

Course Requirements
In addition to a Senior Thesis, students will take 5 courses in French and 5 in Modern Culture and Media.
2 courses in French language FREN 0500, 0520, 0600 or 1510
3 advanced courses in French Courses in French literature, language and civilization at or above the 1000 level.
Intro to MCM Students must take MCM0110.
2-3 additional courses in semiotic theory
1-2 courses in semiotic production
1 senior thesis

Honors: Students who qualify for Honors in the Independent Concentration, French Semiotics track are eligible to apply to do an Honors project or thesis. Applications will be screened by both MCM and French Studies. (Application forms should be submitted by prospective honors students in the beginning of the 7th semester. They are available in the MCM office.) If approved, a student must then register for MCM 1990 or FREN 1990, a one-credit thesis course in which they complete the Honors project.