Media Studies

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The emphasis in media studies is available to communication arts majors. It aims to prepare students to ask and answer questions about film as artistic expression. How do technical, social, and historical constraints shape cinematic storytelling practices? How does a specific film invite a particular interpretation for a certain audience in a given time and culture? How do the interactions of a filmmaking collaborative (writers, directors, technicians, performers, editors, and others) create meanings for audiences?

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Media Studies Faculty

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Program Chair

Melissa A. Cook, Ph.D.

 Office: Burnett Center 010 Areas of Study Dr. Melissa A. Cook attended Duquesne University, Ph.D. in Rhetoric, 2005; University of Pittsburgh, Masters of Public Administration, 1994; Washington & Jefferson College, Bachelor of Arts, 1990. Dr. Cook comes to W&J from St. Vincent College, where she has been since 2004. Starting in 2011, she served as…


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