The Critical-Cultural Studies side of the Master of Arts program is led by a small dynamic faculty who work closely with graduate students as they develop their degree plans, theses, or exams. Seminar courses provide students with unique opportunities to engage in critical discussion and cultural debate with faculty and peers.
Students in this area examine media culture in relation to topics such as cultural history, ideology, critical race studies, feminism, sexuality, fandom, digital cultures, social media, activism, film studies, queer theory, and youth cultures.
The Critical-Cultural studies area is designed for students who wish to develop their critical thinking, research, and writing skills and offers students a solid foundation for a PhD program or career in qualitative research in a variety of sectors (NGOs, media industries, non-profits, etc.).
The area values and encourages an interdisciplinary approach in course selection. As applicable, additional faculty are drawn from outside departments such as English, History, Journalism, and Women's Studies, as well as from other local media studies programs to serve on students' theses projects.
1. REQUIRED COURSES
- MRTS 5120: Critical/Cultural Media Theory
- MRTS 5121: Digital Media Studies
2. MINIMUM 9 HOURS OF CRIT/CULT COURSES:
(offerings subject to change with approval from faculty advisor)
- Gender, Race & Digital Media
- History of the Documentary
- Contemporary Documentary
- African-American Film
- Teen Media
- Gender & Sexuality in the Horror Film
- Special Topics in Media/Genre Authors
- Affect/Emotion in Film
- Cinema Video Verite
- Lesbian, Gay, Queer Film & Video
- Digital Activism
3. MINIMUM 9 HOURS OF GRADUATE LEVEL ELECTIVES
- These can include up to (but not required):
- 6 credit hours from graduate courses in other departments at UNT as approved by the faculty advisor
- 3 credit hours practicum OR 3 hours internship
- 3 credit hours special problems (with faculty approval)
The Master of Arts degree offers the option of a written thesis or a comprehensive exam. Full details outlined in the MA Handbook.
- Thesis Option (6 hours)
- Of the required minimum of 30 graduate hours, 6 hours must be thesis credit. The student must have departmental approval for this option, including the approval of a Media Arts graduate faculty thesis advisor. The student must successfully complete and orally defend a written thesis.
- Comprehensive Exam Option (3 hours)
- Of the required minimum of 30 graduate hours, 3 hours must be a exam credit with the successful completion of a comprehensive examination. The student must have departmental approval for this option, including the approval of a Media Arts graduate faculty examination advisor. Students are eligible to complete the exam once they have a degree plan approved and have completed 21 hours of graduate course work.
RECENT CRITICAL-CULTURAL STUDIES THESES
Thesis works completed by graduate students in Critical-Cultural Studies traverse issues of history, representation, multiculturalism, film theory, discursive analysis, television studies, and digital media studies.
- Chronicle of the Online Culture Wars: Reactionary Affective Publics in Neoliberal Postmodernity - David Rafael Montalvo (2021)
- Where Have all the Cowboys Gone? Creating the Post 9/11 Westerner - Dylan Possoit (2021)
- Crying for Change: Examining the Use of Period Melodrama and the Melodramatic Mode in Contemporary Queer Representation - Justin Bonthuys (2021)
- Nine Lives: A History of Catwomen, Subversive Femininity, and Transgressive Archetypes in Pop Culture - Katrina Barnett (2019)
- Let's Bump up the Lights: Exploring The Carol Burnett Show as a Cultural Antecedent to Feminist Media Studies - Jessica Hoover (2019)
- The Poetry Of Reality: Frederick Wiseman and the Theme of Time - Blake Wahlert (2019)
- Musicals and the Margins: African-Americans, Women, and Queerness in the Twenty-First Century American Musical - Brecken Wellborn (2018)