Welcome to Rice University’s Cinema and Media Studies Minor. This interdisciplinary program offers the opportunity to study film and media from diverse historical periods around the globe. Drawing on different disciplines across the university—including faculty and resources from Art History, Visual and Dramatic Arts, Classical and European Studies, English; Religion; and Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies—the minor in Cinema and Media Studies aims to develop the critical tools for viewing and analyzing the moving image in all its manifold forms. In addition to the history and theory of cinema, courses pertaining to the minor also concentrate on more recent forms of media such as television, advertising, the internet, video art, medical imaging, and expanded cinema. Students are presented with a wide array of theoretical, historical, political, and formal approaches to the moving image in an effort not only to better understand different cultural, mainstream, and artistic approaches to cinema, but also our media-saturated world at large.
The minor was approved by the Senate in fall 2016 and will officially begin in Academic Year 2017-18.