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Welcome to the Department of Media Studies

Welcome to the Department of Media Studies

CUA's Department of Media Studies provides a humanities-centered education in media literacy for students who will become lifelong interpreters, users and producers of mediated texts.

Our curriculum emphasizes the cultural and historical specificity of media in their many contemporary forms, engaging approaches ranging from classical rhetoric to contemporary cultural studies. We take advantage of our position in the nation's capital to develop key internships and career placement for students.

Media Studies' mission aims to exemplify the Catholic mission and identity of the University through collaboration with other departments and organizations in projects addressing social justice and underserved populations in the District of Columbia.

Main Office: 105 Marist Hall
Phone: 202-319-5601
Fax: 202-319-4489
Direct Academic Advising queries to Dr. Alex Russo 


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News and Events

Dr. Josh Shepperd will be speaking about multi-media and contemporary art history at the Smithsonian Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art this Friday, March 27.

"Uncensored," a documentary film edited and co-produced by faculty member Maura Ugarte will be screened at West End Cinema in a special event on March 26, at 7 pm.

Dr. Stephen McKenna delivered the paper, "An (in-)Tolerable Sketch of the Human Mind": George Campbell's Misappropriation of Thomas Reid on Reason and Common Sense" at the Center for the Study of Scottish Philsosophy in Princeton on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Dr. Martin Johnson has won a "Fellowship for University Teachers" from the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete his book, Main Street Movies: Local Films in the United States, 1909-1975.

"Electronic Iran," by Dr. Niki Akhavan, traces key developments on the Iranian Internet.  She gave a book presentation at Georgetown University on November, 12, 2014. 

"Uncensored," is a documetary film about violence against journalists and the importance of freedom of the press, and is edited and co-produced by faculty member Maura Ugarte.  The film premiered in November, 2014.


Dr. Josh Shepperd gave an invited talk at Virginia Commonwealth University entitled "Badiou, Critical Pedagogy, and the Birmingham School on ‘Fidelity’ as a Determinant Predicate in Strategic Intervention” on Friday, February 13, 2015.


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Submit Media Studies news and events to: Patricia Mars