Ph.D. in Media Arts & Sciences

Epistemologies of Media

Gain familiarity with concepts and ideas critical to the study of media.

Media Pedagogy

Explore the theory and practice of college pedagogy, paying specific attention to skills required for teaching mass communication.

Media Theories

Gain exposure to the wide range of social scientific and humanistic theories that guide research in media.

What’s the historical significance of the demise of Kodak Park? How does India’s caste system impact portrayals of sexual harassment accusations? Do we respond differently to advertisements based on the gender identity of the model?

Black Film Center & Archive

The Black Film Center & Archive is a resource for scholars, students, and researchers studying films and related materials by and about Black people. Included are films that have substantial participation by Black writers, actors, producers, directors, musicians, and consultants, as well as those that depict some aspect of black experience.

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Center for Documentary Research and Practice

The Center for Documentary Research and Practice serves as a research hub for historical, theoretical and critical research on nonfiction film and video, and hosts visiting artists and scholars who are working on projects with nonfiction media components.

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Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies

The Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies researches the legal protection of media rights in Indiana, the United States and the world. The center studies free expression rights, educates the public and develops opportunities for students.

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Jacob Groshek

The training I received was both methodologically rigorous and theoretically informed, and came from some of the warmest and best faculty in the world.

Jacob Groshek, PhD’08, associate professor, Boston University