The Visual and Sound Media major teaches students about the complex relationship between media, society, and culture. Firmly rooted in the liberal arts, the major focuses on the history, theory, and aesthetics of film, television, sound, and digital media so that students can express themselves as critics, as artists, and as citizens in their communities.
For practical and philosophical reasons, the major requires all students to take courses in critical studies and media production. Students learn a diverse skill set that allows them to work in the media industry, write media criticism, or attend graduate school after graduation. Additionally, media studies and media production are not two separate aspects of the major with one emphasizing critical thinking and the other valuing creative output. Rather, they are interrelated ways to think critically about the world, to put theory into practice, and to communicate ideas to audiences. Our curriculum emphasizes that both media studies and media production rely on critical vision and creative insights. In support of the mission of Seton Hall University, the major emphasizes ethics and values. Our courses cultivate awareness and understanding by valuing compassion, social justice, human dignity, personal liberation, and activism. The major also places a high priority on diversity and global awareness. All of these issues come together to form one mission: to create inspired, ethically minded students who passionately engage our mediated world through critical and creative thinking. Facilities are dedicated for student use; the television studio and editing labs. The College also offers co-curricular experiences with student-oriented activities including WSOU. 89.5 FM radio and Pirate TV.
All students in the Visual and Sound Media program are required to complete 45 credits, inclusive of one area of concentration in:
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