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Media and Communications

The Major

Complete the required courses

  • SOAN 120 Introduction to Media and Communications (4 credits)
  • SOAN 345 Social Research Methods Research Intensive (4 credits)  OR
    SOAN 346 Fieldwork and Ethnographic Methods Research Intensive (2 credits)

Complete three ot the following skills courses in communication skills:

  • MGMT 368 Business Communication (3 credits)
  • EDUC 290 Public Speaking (3 credits)
  • ENG 221 Introduction to Creative Writing (4 credits)
  • FILM 215 Introduction to Film Studies (4 credits) Offered only once every three years
  • SOAN XXX Science, Medicine, and Media Students produce videos focused on science and medicine communication.
  • SOAN XXX Anthropology of Sound Students produce podcasts as assignments.

Select six of the following elective courses:

  • SOAN 118 Inequalities, Power and Society (4 credits)
  • SOAN 215 Identity and Social Movements: Media and Protests (4 credits) (WI)
  • SOAN 309 Sociology of Social Media (3 credits) (WI)
  • SOAN 310 Media and Surveillance in Contemporary Society (4 credits)
  • FILM 207 Literature and Film (4 credits)
  • FILM 222 Greece and Rome in Film (4 credits)
  • FILM 252 Philosophy and Film Theory (4 credits)
  • FILM 299 Religion and Culture of Hip Hop (4 credits) 
  • FILM 330 Post Colonial Theory (4 credits)
  • FILM 342 Japanese Cinema (3 credits)
  • CHIN 382 Contemporary Chinese Cinema (3 credits)

New Courses

  • Introduction to Film
  • Media and Authoritarian Regimes (4 credits)
  • Left Out: Networking and Inequality (4 credits)
  • Science Medicine and Media
  • Anthropology of Sound

Internship Opportunities and Courses

One internship course is required for the major. This requirement could be fulfilled by an external internship completed on off-campus study. Internships should focus on participation in some form of media content creation. For example:

  • Creating a show for Earlham’s radio station — WECI-FM
  • Working on the student newspaper — The Earlham Word 
  • Develop a podcast series or YouTube channel

Senior Capstone

Media and Communication students will be incorporated into the Sociology/Anthropology Capstone. The structure of the Sociology/Anthropology capstone is an intensive yearlong project that requires SOAN students to draw on skills and ideas they have already learned in their classes. Most write a senior thesis but in the past SOAN theses have frequently analyzed emerging media including one on memes, one on gender identity policing on the internet, and another on video game characters and their relationship to the player. Media and Communication majors will already have taken a number of Sociology/Anthropology courses and will bring a different set of questions to the capstone but not remarkably different than we usually see in the So/An capstone. Indeed, as sociologist and anthropologist we are continually modifying methods and concepts of our disciplines to respond to the current moment.

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