The Media Studies minor requires 18 semester hours, including:

  • three courses in the core curriculum (9 hours)
  • 6 hours of additional advanced digital community studies coursework (either two 3-hour courses or one 6 hour-course)
  • one elective (3 hours) — the elective will be drawn from a number of relevant courses already existing in the curriculum of the College of Arts and Sciences Sciences involving technology, media, and/or community studies

No grade below C will be counted as credit for the minor.

Course Catalog

A complete list of minor requirements and courses are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

Program Requirements

All program requirements and courses are outlined in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog. Students must complete any three of the following courses:
This course serves as an introduction to the theory and practice of media production. Topics include the practice of looking, a cross-cultural look at visual representation, and the impact of media on society.
This course will examine fiction and non-fiction films as socially significant documents. Students will receive an introduction to the techniques of film analysis in the class.
This course will provide a history of the documentary tradition by studying the major stylistic movements, works, and filmmakers of non-fiction film and photography in the 20th century.
This course will provide a history of women in film, focusing on both women working in the film industry and the representation of women on screen. The course will focus on American film history, 1930s Hollywood to the present.
This course will provide a history of the American Independent filmmaking tradition by studying the major stylistic movements, works, and filmmakers of the 1970s-the present.
An interdisciplinary course in which students investigate the formation and representation of early American identity and produce their own films representing contemporary American identity.
This experiential course addresses how to investigate and represent local community history and stories through the methodologies of participant observation, ethnographic research and oral history. This class addresses the concepts of human memory, nostalgia, folklore, storytelling and public history. Students will learn how to use new media technologies, such as digital video, podcasting and website production, as a way to represent community history and culture for the public.

Students must complete 6 credit hours from the following advanced courses:
This service-learning course provides students the opportunity to explore social and community issues by volunteering with a local agency, non-profit or community group. Students will use multimedia to highlight their community partner, document their experience and share their interests. Methods such as participant observation and ethnographic field approaches will provide the framework for student exploration.
This course is an interdisciplinary course in which students pair up to produce a short documentary film which represents a community in the Birmingham area. The course contains four key elements: 1) community outreach, 2) intro to social science theory and methods, 3) film theory and the aesthetics of filmmaking, and 4) technical aspects of camera work and digital video editing. This is a designated service-learning course integrating academic learning, civic learning and meaningful service to the community.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. DCS 101 [Min Grade: C] and DCS 201 [Min Grade: C]
This course offers students hands-on experience creating and analyzing media pieces about community issues, including documentary films, public service announcements, translation of academic research to lay audiences, and multimedia grant proposals and reports. Emphasis will be on communicating effectively in the non-profit sector.
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. DCS 401 [Min Grade: D]
This course will provide an opportunity for advanced students to pursue individual projects in multimedia studies.
Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor. DCS 401 [Min Grade: D]
Internships will provide students with the opportunity for hands-on experience with digital technology in workplace setting.
Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor. DCS 401 [Min Grade: D]
Study of thematic topics throughout media studies.
Study of thematic topics throughout media studies.

The elective may be selected from the UAB Catalog list of electives from different disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences.

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