The MIT Comparative Media Studies (CMS) program is committed to the art of thinking across media forms, theoretical domains, cultural contexts, and historical periods. Our work encourages the bridging of theory and practice, as much through course work as through participation in faculty and independent research projects.
The goal of our program is not to replicate existing paradigms, but as an early CMS backer said, to prepare students for jobs that don't yet exist. We consult regularly with leaders in industry, the arts, public policy, journalism, education, and the nonprofit sector, trying to understand contemporary developments, identify job and internship opportunities, and pinpoint skills and knowledge which will help prepare our students for new opportunities.
Our courses are designed to teach students to both make and reflect upon media and in the process, to acquire important skills in team work, leadership, problem solving, collaboration, brainstorming, communications, and project completion, which will prepare them for a broad range of academic and professional careers.
|Course #||Course Title||Level|
|CMS.309||Transmedia Storytelling: Modern Science Fiction (Spring 2014)||Undergraduate|
|CMS.590J||Computer Games and Simulations for Investigation and Education (Spring 2009)||Undergraduate|
|CMS.600||New Media Literacies||Undergraduate|
|CMS.600||Videogame Theory and Analysis (Fall 2006)||Undergraduate|
|CMS.602||Topics in Comparative Media: American Pro Wrestling||Undergraduate|
|CMS.710J||The Anthropology of Sound||Undergraduate|
|CMS.809||Transmedia Storytelling: Modern Science Fiction (Spring 2014)||Undergraduate|
|CMS.835||Photography and Truth||Undergraduate|
|CMS.840||Shakespeare, Film and Media||Undergraduate|
|CMS.845J||Interactive and Non-Linear Narrative: Theory and Practice (Spring 2004)||Undergraduate|
|CMS.860||Introduction to Civic Media||Undergraduate|
|CMS.871||Media in Cultural Context: Popular Readerships||Undergraduate|
|CMS.871||Media in Cultural Context||Undergraduate|
|CMS.910||Technologies of Humanism||Undergraduate|
|CMS.920||Popular Culture and Narrative: Serial Storytelling||Undergraduate|
|CMS.920||Popular Culture and Narrative: Literature, Comics, and Culture||Undergraduate|
|CMS.922||Media Industries and Systems||Undergraduate|
|CMS.930||Media Education and the Marketplace||Undergraduate|
|CMS.935||Documentary Photography and Photojournalism: Still Images of a World in Motion||Undergraduate|
|CMS.995||American Soap Operas||Undergraduate|
|CMS.998||Videogame Theory and Analysis (Fall 2007)||Undergraduate|
|CMS.815||Games for Social Change||Graduate|
|CMS.841||Introduction to Videogame Studies||Graduate|
|CMS.845||Theory and Practice of Non-linear and Interactive Narrative||Graduate|
|CMS.845J||Interactive and Non-Linear Narrative: Theory and Practice (Spring 2006)||Graduate|
|CMS.861||Networked Social Movements: Media & Mobilization||Graduate|
|CMS.863J||Computer Games and Simulations for Investigation and Education (Spring 2009)||Graduate|
|CMS.864||Game Design (Fall 2010)||Graduate|
|CMS.864||Game Design (Spring 2008)||Graduate|
|CMS.874||Asia in the Modern World: Images & Representations||Graduate|
|CMS.880||From Print to Digital: Technologies of the Word, 1450-Present||Graduate|
|CMS.920||Popular Narrative: Masterminds||Graduate|
|CMS.S96||Technopanics: Moral Panics about Technology||Graduate|
Some prior versions of courses listed above have been archived in OCW's DSpace@MIT repository for long-term access and preservation. Links to archived prior versions of a course may be found on that course's "Other Versions" tab.
Additionally, the Archived Comparative Media Studies Courses page has links to every archived course from this department.