Media Studies Electives


AAS 310 Black Image: Screen and Television

History and definition of the image of the African-ancestored people in the United States through cinema and television.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3

ARS 260 - Intro to Time Based Media
Introduction to Time Based Media is a fundamental course in the principles of animation and video. The first part of the course serves as an introduction to linear animation. Students will be introduced to timing, sequence, keframe, and tweening. Demonstration and lecture will be supplemented with screenings of animated works of a varied and diverse nature. The second part of the course covers introductory skills and topics related to video capturing and editing. Students will learn lighting, frame composition, timing, camera position, camera motion, sound, and scenery/location. In addition students will learn the fundamental editing techniques.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3

ARS 360 - Intermediate Time Based Media
Intermediate time based media is a video course in which students continue to advance their video capturing and editing skills. Student will be introduced to alternative and experimental narrative structures. Students will also continue their audio capturing and editing techniques.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3

ARS 406 - Digital Filmmaking

Students will learn computer programs in time-based media. Technical and conceptual issues will be addressed as well as producing a short film based on project.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3

ANTH 123 Comparative Cultures Through Film
Special topics in cultural anthropology addressed through use of ethnographic films. Culture areas, culture change, and traditional societies in modern world(AG)
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


ANTH 366/UA 366 Urban Anthropology
Human life in cities from cross-cultural perspective; process of urbanization in ancient civilizations, colonial empires, and modern-day Third World.

Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


ANTH 415 Ethnographic Research Methods
Ethnographic Field Methods classroom instruction and practical experience in techniques of ethnographic fieldwork, including participant observation, household surveys, structured and unstructured interviewing, and genealogies. Study abroad program in Chilapa, Guerrero, Mexico.

Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3

EH 210 - Interpreting Film
Introduction to critical analysis of the language of film, surveying concerns in contemporary film theory, including narrative, authorship, genre, the cinematic apparatus, race, gender, and spectatorship.
Prerequisites: EH 102
Credit Hours: 3

EH 431 - Special Topics in Film

In-depth study of a specialized topic in film, for example, a particular national cinema, one or more directors, a development in film history or genre, or issues in visual representation.
Prerequisite: EH 210 or EH 301 or permission of the instructor
Credit Hours: 3


GEO 109/UA109 Introduction to Urban Geography
Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 3

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HY 227 Technology and Society

Relationship of machines and people in modern industrial society. Topics from recent American history and from contemporary problems.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


HY 207/307 The American Film
Creation and development of motion pictures in the United States, including how films are made, American film industry, and the impact of Hollywood on American culture.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


HY 226 History and Development of Birmingham

Social, economic, and political survey of the Birmingham area.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 3


HY 305 Popular culture in American History

Mass culture of U.S. through films and recorded sound, from creation of entertainment industry in 19th century to television and counterculture of 1960s.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 3


HY 311 History of the Documentary

Studies the development of the film documentary and the issues of representing reality on film. Deals with film aesthetic and the techniques of making films. Looks at American and European documentaries.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 3


HY 431 American Film and violent Society

History of violent movies in the United States from earliest silent films to new gangster films of Quentin Tarantino. Meaning of these films and what they say about American society.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 3


PSC 270 - Political Power/American Film

Concept of political power in American society and its expression in American film (AG)

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 3


PSC 370 - Contemporary Political Issues

Issues of current interest in Political Science.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 3


SOC 275 - Urban Sociology
Lifestyle changes in urban society; social and demographic characteristics of cities; benefits and problems resulting from these characteristics; urban problems compared with rural and suburban problems.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 316 Popular Culture

Relationship between popular culture, our cultural heritage, and present cultural identity. Connections with big business, music, sports, politics, film and mass media. Analyze cultural objects (movies), compare past mindsets with the present.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 3


SOC 470 Urban Ecology

Spatial distribution of social, demographic, and physical factors in urban environment; distribution of population by age, race and class; competition for land between businesses and home owners; consequences of local ecology for poverty, health, etc.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 3


SOC 480 Sociology of Health and Illness
Critical evaluation of medical care system and health policy; social consequences of current health issues; social causes of health and illness; alternative practitioners and self-help groups. (This course was formerly titled Medical Sociology)
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


UA 270/370 Urban Sociology

Lifestyle changes in urban society; social and demographic characteristics of cities; benefits and problems resulting from these characteristics; urban problems compared with rural and suburban problems.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 3


WS 480 Special Topics in Women's Studies
Subjects of special interest, such as women and religion, women in civil rights movement, and theories of women's studies. Varies in content depending upon topic. Students may enroll under these numbers multiple times but topic may not be repeated.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 1 to 3

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