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Popular Culture, Media, Consumerism

American Idol shadow box photoThis area of concentration (for the AMS major) focuses on consumer culture, popular culture, and mass media. It addresses issues of representation, visual culture, and the marketplace.

Students must select and take 18 credit hours with at least 12 hours at the 200 level and above, incorporating at least 3 different disciplines, from among the following courses.

[View course descriptions (The Miami Bulletin, 2013-2014).]

Course Title
COM 143 Introduction to Mass Communication
COM 146 Media Aesthetics
COM/FST 205 American Film as Communication
COM/FST 206 Diversity and Culture in American Film
COM 215 Electronic Media History
COM 354 Media and Society
COM 447 Mass Media Criticism
CMS 201 Introduction to Comparative Media Studies
CMS 301 Introduction to Comparative Approaches
EDL 282 Cultural Studies, Power, and Education
EDL 344 Youth Subcultures, Popular Culture, & Non-Formal Education
ENG/FST 235 Classics of Film *
ENG/FST 350 Topics in Film *
FST 201 Intro to Film Criticism and History
FST/ENG 236 Alternative Traditions in Film *
FST/HST 250 History and Popular Culture *
FST/HST 252 Representations of History in Film and Video *
HST 250 History and Popular Culture *
HST/AMS 379 US Consumerism 1890s to the Present
IMS 201 Information Studies in the Digital Age
MKT 485 Sports Marketing in American Society
MUS 135 Understanding Jazz, Its History and Evolution
MUS 385 The Roots of Black Music: Blues, Gospel, and Soul
MUS 386 History & Development of Hip Hop Culture in America
PHS 276 The Meaning of Leisure
PHS 279 African Americans in Sport
PHS 378 Sport and Social Status
PHS 475 Women, Gender Relations, and Sports
POL 220 Movies and Politics
POL 356 Mass Media and Politics
SOC 272 Women and Popular Culture

* Contingent on semester topic


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