Areas of Academic Strength

Critical and Cultural Studies

Media and culture are inextricably intertwined, and many faculty and graduate students in the College study the cultural production, distribution and consumption of media and the impact on individuals and society.

Cultural approaches to understanding the media are widely varied and include studying media texts as cultural products; representations of class, race and gender; globalization; reception theory, and technology and culture.

The College has a particularly strong group of faculty specializing in the political economy of communications, and many recent graduate students have examined the role of the media in the allocation of wealth and information resources on topics ranging from media ownership, coverage of terrorism and foreign affairs, sports industries and Hollywood films.