The Media Studies concentration at Kalamazoo College offers an interdisciplinary, liberal arts approach to the study of various kinds of media, including film, television, video, theatre arts and technologies, print and broadcast journalism, photography, popular music, and digital art. Rather than separating the study of media from the creation of it, we seek to engage critically across the boundaries of media by considering aesthetics, history, reception, the role of race, gender, and class in production and consumption, as well as issues of ethics, politics, and economics. We consider the social role of media from a global perspective and explore mainstream as well as oppositional forms. Media has become central to our understanding of our lives and our political and personal relationships. We in the concentration are investigators of representation in the broadest sense: visual, aural, and verbal. We ask how representations are used, what they communicate, and how they are constructed aesthetically and ideologically.
These broad intellectual issues prepare concentrators for a job market or post-graduate study in which employers and graduate schools seek candidates with sharp analytical skills. Many of our concentrators have had internships with advertising companies, newspapers, and film and video production companies and have gone on to work in these fields. The concentration provides an excellent background for media-related pursuits, including graduate school, film school, and a wide variety of production-related jobs.
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