UT Dallas 2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Harry W. Bass Jr. School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology

Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (BA) with Critical Media Studies Concentration

This Concentration provides a thorough grounding in thinking critically, analytically, and creatively about media, their use, and their historical development. CMS Concentration students have the opportunity to perform critical media research and engage in the critical creative production of media. The CMS Concentration examines the ethical and social dimensions of media and applies that knowledge in the creation and analysis of digital media texts. By selecting courses from a variety of School elective headings, students are able to infuse other areas of interest into their focus on Critical Media Studies.

Unless otherwise noted, courses in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication are open to all students in the University. However, students majoring in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication may be given preference in certain course enrollments.

Major Honors

ATEC seniors in the CMS concentration who have completed at least 30 graded upper-division semester credit hours and have a major GPA of 3.67 may elect to participate in Major Honors. These students can either complete a thesis or project under the supervision of an AHT faculty member and a second reader, or enroll in an advanced labs or topics course and complete a thesis related to the course content under the supervision of an AHT faculty member.

Students should consult their AHT academic advisor for further details.

Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication with Critical Media Studies Concentration

Degree Requirements (120 semester credit hours)

View an Example of Degree Requirements by Semester

Faculty

Professors: Anne Balsamo

Associate Professors: Heidi Cooley, Josef Nguyen, Hong An Wu

Associate Professors of Instruction: Laura Imaoka

Assistant Professors of Instruction: Audra Heaslip

UT Dallas Affiliated Faculty: Christina Nielsen, Christine Veras

I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours1

Communication: 6 semester credit hours

Select any 6 semester credit hours from Communication Core courses

Mathematics: 3 semester credit hours

Choose one course from the following:

MATH 1306 College Algebra for the Non-Scientist

MATH 1314 College Algebra

Or select any 3 semester credit hours from Mathematics Core courses (see advisor)

Life and Physical Sciences: 6 semester credit hours

Select any 6 semester credit hours from Life and Physical Sciences Core courses

Language, Philosophy and Culture: 3 semester credit hours

Select any 3 semester credit hours from Language, Philosophy and Culture Core courses

Creative Arts: 3 semester credit hours

Select any 3 semester credit hours from Creative Arts Core courses

American History: 6 semester credit hours

Select any 3 semester credit hours from American History Core courses

Government/Political Science: 6 semester credit hours

Select any 6 semester credit hours from Government/Political Science Core courses (see advisor)

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 semester credit hours

Select any 3 semester credit hours from Social and Behavioral Sciences Core courses

Component Area Option: 6 semester credit hours

Select any 6 semester credit hours from Component Area Option Core courses

II. Major Requirements, Lower-Division: 24 semester credit hours

Foundations

ATCM 2300 Introduction to TechnoCulture

ATCM 2301 Digital Art and Design Foundations

ATCM 2302 Design I

CS 1335 Computer Science I for Non-majors2

Fundamentals

ATCM 2320 Critical Media Research Foundations

ATCM 2330 Digital Art and Social Practice

Choose two from:

ATCM 2321 Reading Media Critically

ATCM 2322 Media Histories

ATCM 2325 Introduction to Ethnic Studies

ATCM 3320 Critical Media Theories

ATCM 3321 Networked Identities

ATCM 3325 Global Media Cultures

ATCM 3331 Critical Making

ATCM 4320 Political Economy of Digital Media

ATCM 4326 Mediated Textuality

ATCM 4330 Culture Jamming

Choose one of the following during either of your last two semesters:

ATCM 4332 Critical Media Studies Lab I3

ATCM 4333 Critical Media Studies Lab II3

ATCM 4334 Topics in Critical Media Studies3

ATCM 4399 Senior Honors in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

IV. Elective Requirements: 30 semester credit hours

Prescribed Electives: 15 semester credit hours

Choose any five courses from the following: (At least 2 must be 4000 level)

ANGM 3315 Animation Studies

ATCM 3323 Reading in a Networked Era

ANGM 3366 Game Studies I

ATCM 4322 Disability, Technology, and Media

ATCM 4323 Feminism, Technology, and Media

ATCM 4325 Race, Technology, and Media

ATCM 4327 Privacy and Surveillance

ATCM 4332 Critical Media Studies Lab I

ATCM 4333 Critical Media Studies Lab II

ATCM 4334 Topics in Critical Media Studies

ANGM 4366 Game Studies II

ATCM 4384 Ethics in New Media, Technology, and Communication

Free Electives: 15 semester credit hours

Both upper-and lower-division courses may be used as electives.

The plan must include sufficient upper-division courses to total 45 upper-division semester credit hours.

Incoming freshmen must enroll and complete requirements of AHTC 1100.

1. Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from institutions of higher education. The courses listed are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.

2. Students who are ATEC/CS double degree or who plan to minor in CS must enroll in CS 1436 and/or CS 1337 (if placed out of CS 1436).

3. Students who are eligible for major honors and enroll in one of these options can enroll in ATCM 4099 as a co-requisite to pursue major honors.

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