Media and Society

"Media studies" refers to the examination of visual, aural, and textual information and entertainment that is reproduced and transmitted to mass audiences using a series of complex and changing technologies. HWS was among the first liberal arts colleges in the country to offer a major in Media Studies in 1996. From its inception, the Media and Society Program has fostered a sustained, sophisticated, and comprehensive analysis of the media’s pervasive cultural influence from a variety of perspectives and guided by two fundamental goals:

  • To engage students in the critical analysis of the influences of mass media from both the socio-political and cultural/artistic perspectives.
  • To stimulate students to express their creative imaginations through self-expression in writing and the visual arts.

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Student Profile: Lauren Earley '23

Lauren Earley '23

Major: Media and Society
Minors: French and Entrepreneurial Studies

“I love the way that our Media and Society professors provide such a well rounded curriculum. They combine both academic analysis and media industry practices and share practical knowledge that they have gained working in the field. I feel as though my professors have pushed me to be a better student and prepared me for life after HWS.”

Meet Our Faculty

The Media & Society faculty have scholarly interests as diverse as the subject itself. From cinema to global musicals, from advertising to stardom and fan studies, at HWS you will gain exciting new knowledge from experts in the discipline. Scroll below to meet our team of innovators, scholars and above all, dedicated teachers. Meet the entire department >

Media & Society News

The Art of Experimental Cinema

Wed, 12 May 2021

Visiting Assistant Professor of Media and Society lectures during "Introduction to Media and Society." Students learning remotely are projected into the classroom.In a new course, students explored the theories and histories of experimental film with short films of their own. In “The Art of Experimental Cinema,” a new course taught by…

Merkley + Partners Hires Meller ’21

Wed, 05 May 2021

updatedpicAfter graduation, Rachel Meller ’21 will join Merkley + Partners as a Social Coordinator.  After interning with the advertising firm Merkley + Partners last summer, Rachel Meller ’21 leveraged the experience and landed…

Eat Wheaties! Premieres: First Feature Film by Producer Webb ’13

Tue, 04 May 2021

Webb Daniel newA new comedy from executive producer Daniel Webb ’13 explores the pratfalls of social media and “going viral.” Eat Wheaties! follows Sid Straw, played by Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Veep), who is…

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Sample Courses

Global Cinema
Investigate contemporary global cinema and its intersections with various national cinemas, including the cinemas of the U.S., Italy, India, China, Mexico, Japan, Senegal, Iran, Peru, and Canada, among others, while considering the impact of international film festivals, trade policies, immigration, transnational stardom, piracy, translation, and censorship. Next, enroll in PHIL 230, Aesthetics, and find answers to questions such as: What is the nature of artistic creativity? What role should critics play? Is there truth in art?