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Communications and Media Studies

Hampshire College
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus

Program description

Communications and Media Studies

At Hampshire College, students take critical and theoretical approaches to studying diverse streams of media (e.g. television, video, film, radio, print, sound, new media, the Internet) in their local, national, and global circulation.

Attentive to the relationship between media institutions, texts, and audiences, we study media as technologies and symbolic systems that participate in the production of categories such as race, class, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality.

The media studies program encompasses film, video, photography, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, political science, critical theory, literature, art history, cultural studies, and performance studies.

Program content

Sample First-Year Course


The content of popular media news, feature films, recorded music is the product of people's labor. Bringing specialized skills to bear on complex technology, usually in the context of a formal organization, media workers create cultural products on an almost continuous basis. This course explores this process of cultural production, with a focus on the division of labor among media workers. Students will study selected media industry sectors such as journalism, motion pictures, book publishing, and popular music. The goal will be to understand the distribution of power and authority in the content production process. This may require some attention to the structure of media ownership and the legacy of organized labor. But mainly students will investigate the actual work and production routines that result in media content. Students will write several short papers and a longer final paper and make oral presentations.

Sample Courses at Hampshire

  • Alien/Freak/Monster: Race, Sex, and Otherness in Sci-Fi and Horror
  • Anthropology of Mass Media in Late Capitalism
  • Caribbean History and the Cinematic Imagination
  • Deconstructing the Popular: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Race
  • Domination, Resistance, and Meaning-Making: Audience Research and Cultural Studies
  • Freedom of Expression
  • The History and Politics of Consumer Culture
  • Masculinity in the Popular Imagination
  • The Media and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Media in a Time of War: WWII and U.S. Popular Culture
  • Media Studies: Advertising and Society
  • New Media: Innovation, Adoption, Future
  • Politics, News, and Irony
  • Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Digital Age
  • The (Post)Racial State: Media Politics, Ideology
  • Producing Youth Culture
  • September 11th: An Introduction to Media Analysis

Through the Consortium

  • Cinema New Media (AC)
  • Gender, Media Culture (SC)
  • Readings in Popular Culture (AC)
  • Seminar in International News (UMass)
  • Seminar in Media Effects (UMass)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees per semester: $25,500

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Hampshire College

Hampshire College is a small liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts that has been at the forefront of progressive higher education in the United States for over 50 years. Every Hampshire student designs a customized program of study in...

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Hampshire College

West Street
01002 Amherst Massachusetts
United States of America

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