Overview

What are the career paths for media and digital studies graduates?

The Global Media & Digital Studies program is a new field of inquiry that examines the cultural, political and aesthetic impact of media and digital technologies. GMDS provides students with the theoretical and ethical frameworks, as well as the practical tools, to analyze the highly digitalized and mediated national and global cultures that surround us today; students will interconnect theory and practice, balancing critical analysis with experiential learning, including media production. The program prepares students for graduate work and careers in teaching, art, entertainment, digital media, advertising, entrepreneurship, media arts, the non-profit sector, public service, and other fields.

Global Media and Digital Studies at The College of Wooster

Students in Global Media and Digital Studies at Wooster can choose three paths on which to further focus their work:

  • The digital studies concentration provides a framework for studying the digital tools, cultures, and practices that infuse everyday life and shape how we think, work, play, communicate, organize, consume, and learn.  Courses in digital studies enable students to understand the social, political, economic and historical contexts of these technologies, acquire expertise in specific digital research methods and in digital creation, and consider the global networks and transnational flow of information made possible by digital media.
  • The global media concentration offers a solid foundation in media research, methods, and theory embedded in a transnational context, and prepares students to pursue a variety of career paths, including positions in media organizations, opinion research, commentary, teaching, and graduate studies.
  • The film studies pathway approaches film from a critical and creative perspective in relation to the other arts, including media arts, and situates film production and consumption within a global and interdisciplinary frame.  The core curriculum provides students with the critical tools necessary for the theoretical and historical analysis of global cinemas as well as the creative skills required for the production of film, video, and digital media.

Faculty & Staff

Ahmet Atay

Ahmet Atay

Associate Professor of Communication Studies; Department Chair of Global Media & Digital Studies; Program Chair of Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; Liaison to Digital Visual Storytelling Pathway

aatay@wooster.edu

Jennifer Hayward portrait

Jennifer Hayward

Virginia Myers Professor of English; Global Media & Digital Studies (On leave 2021-21)

jhayward@wooster.edu

Jacob Heil

Jacob Heil

Digital Scholarship Librarian & Director of Core, Libraries, Global Media & Digital Studies

jheil@wooster.edu

Nii Nikoi

Nii Nikoi

Assistant Professor Global Media & Digital Studies; Communication Studies

nnikoi@wooster.edu


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Major

Students will complete ten courses for the major (a total that includes both junior and senior Independent Study).

The major consists of ten courses and is designed to be flexible so that students can build a program of study that integrates their individual interests with career goals, and so that the core course requirements can be satisfied via a flexible menu of options. At the same time, a core curriculum will ensure that majors share a common conceptual framework. All majors will take the same introductory course, a core sequence, and the same research methods course; between these bookends, each pathway will develop a distinct trajectory that nonetheless builds on interdisciplinary connections both within and beyond the major.

Core courses

  1. GMDS 110 Introduction to Global Media and Digital Studies
  2. GMDS 120 Introduction to Media and Cultural Studies
  3. GMDS 130 Introduction to Film Studies
  4. GMDS 140 Introduction to Digital Studies
  5. GMDS 160 Digital Voices (W)
  6. GMDS 212 Cultural Studies and Power, Or
    GMDS 250 Transnational Perspectives on Media and Film
  7. GMDS 300 Junior IS:
    a) Research Methods in Global Media and Digital Studies (GMDS)
    b) Critical/Cultural Methodologies (COMM)
    c) Postcolonial Lit and Film (ENGL)
    d) Medieval Film (ENGL)
    GMDS 451/452 Senior IS

 

Program Elective Courses

Global Media (prerequisite for these courses: GMDS 110: Introduction to GMDS)

  1. GMDS 210 Global Media
  2. GMDS 211 Political Economy of Media
  3. GMDS 212 Cultural Studies and Power
  4. GMDS 250 Transnational Perspectives on Media and Film
  5. GMDS 350 Special Topics in Global Media

 

Film Studies (prerequisite for these courses: GMDS 120: Introduction to Film Studies)

  1. GMDS 220 Film Theory and Analysis
  2. GMDS 221 Film Genres
  3. GMDS 222 Film History
  4. GMDS 351 Special Topics in Film Studies

 

Digital Studies (no prerequisites)

  1. GMDS 231 Visualizing Information
  2. GMDS 232 Digital Humanities
  3. GMDS 352 Special Topics in Digital Studies

 

Media/Film/Digital Production and Writing (no prerequisites)

  1. GMDS/ENGL 160 Digital Voices
  2. GMDS 240 Networked Lives, Networked Bodies
  3. GMDS 241 Media and Film Production

 

 

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Minor

When students declare a Global Media and Digital Studies minor, they will be guided through the process of mapping a path through the curriculum; pathway templates will assist students in shaping a cohesive curricular story that speaks to their academic and professional goals. Each pathway provides a core set of requirements for the students, to ensure coherence and structure, while allowing flexibility in choosing among options in both core and elective courses in their concentration areas.

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Independent Study

All students at The College of Wooster complete independent study on a topic of their choice under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

 

 

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