CMS 2010: Course Info

Course Number and Title

CMS 2010 Introduction to Media Studies

Course Description

This course offers an overview of the cultural, social, political, and economic impact of mediated communication. Topics include the nature and function of media, core media institutions, and media in transition. Students will analyze media critically, including the contemporary mediascape, and develop a historical perspective on major media forms.


ENGL 1101 (C)

Credit Hours

3 credit hours (3-0-3)

Course Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this course demonstrates the ability to

  1. Communicate effectively using multiple channels of communication;
  2. Conduct primary and secondary research on media products and communicative practices;
  3. Critically analyze the aesthetic dimensions and layered meanings of past and present communication and media products;
  4. Understand theoretical perspectives on communication, media and global culture

Program Learning Outcomes

The goals for CMS 2010 align with the CMS program outcomes.

Reading and Writing Proficiency

CMS 2010 is designed for students preparing for careers as professional communicators. Students needing remediation in grammar, mechanics, or reading comprehension should plan to spend several hours each week working with tutors in the A&S Writers’ Studio and/or the Center for Student Success.

The Writers’ Studio is located in the A&S building, room 224. There you can talk with trained writing tutors about your writing projects. They are available to work with you at any stage of your paper, from generating ideas to organizing your paper to understanding how to format it correctly. The service is free; you may drop in and wait for a tutor or sign up for a regular appointment. But remember: you, not your tutor, are ultimately responsible for the quality and content of the papers you submit.