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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

Michael Bracy, co-founder of the Future of Music Coalition, visited MDIA325 to talk about how impending legislation on Net Neutrality will affect recording artists and community media.

Dr. Josh Shepperd will be giving 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.

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 will give 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 premieres in November, 2014.

The Best Advertisement Will Never Be Written: The Advertising Film Before Commercial Broadcasting,” a lecture by Dr. Martin Johnson, will be on October 21, at 4:30 pm in the Hornbake Library North at the University of Maryland. 

Dr. Joshua Shepperd was interviewed by NPR Marketplace on Thursday, May 29 on the dynamic between early commercial and educational broadcasting.

Media Studies Majors tour industry sites in NYC  The start of our new Big Apple networking initiative...

2014 Ed McMahon Scholarship Winner CongratulationsKatie Petralia! (class of 2016)

2014 Senior Awards Announced! Facundo Montenegro Award: Meg McElroy. Senior Thesis Award: Victoria McAllister

Dr. Niki Akhavan gave a book talk on Electronic Iran: The Cultural Politics of an Online Evolution  in April at the May Gallery, Mullen Library and spoke at the Center for International Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's After Capitalism Conference on "Foundations and Shadows of Mixed Economy: Self-Sufficiency and Strife in Post-Revolutionary Iran" 

Dr. Joshua Shepperd gave an invited talk at New York University titled "Space, Event, Advocacy: On the Phenomenological Communication of Inconspicuous Change" in February.

Dr. Alex Russo presented on "Androids as the New 'Other'. Janelle Monae's Feminist Afrofuturism in The Metropolis Suite" at 2014 conference for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.


Submit Media Studies news and events to: Patricia Mars