2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog 
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2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Media & Education, MA

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Contact information for both MA and CAS programs:

Dr. Barbara Applebaum Co-director, M&E; Chair, CFE, bappleba@syr.edu, 315-443-3343.

Michael Schoonmaker, Co-director, M&E; Chair, TRF, msschoon@syr.edu.

Administrative assistant for program, Maryann Barker, mabarker@syr.edu, 315-443-3343.

Description of the CAS and the MA programs in media & education:

These programs bring together the fields of media and education, and are offered jointly by the School of Education and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Using broad definitions, we see media as an umbrella term for a range of forms that communicate to a public and we define education as occurring in both formal settings like schools and informal arenas like popular culture. These programs address media production and analysis in relation to visual storytelling, combining an analysis of core issues in education with visual storytelling creation and production skills. The programs address the cultural terrain of how people both make and make sense of media.

Major Requirements

The MA degree explores areas such as:

  • Media Education: educating teachers of media, including media literacy educators, community college professors, or those with an interest in film including licensed/certified K-12 teachers, in short those who want to bring the art of visual storytelling to educational settings.
  • Youth Development: addressing the field of education that takes place outside schools. It includes youth development community projects and youth media organizations.
  • Media Literacy: teach future educators of media literacy from a cultural studies perspective, which includes a tripartite focus on the text, the audience, and the political economy.
  • Leadership in the Field: propelling some students to move on to doctoral studies and further research in the academy.


The MA program will follow Syracuse University’s general guidelines for admission of graduate study. That is, applicants must present respectable evidence of excellence with depth and dimension in their records. The review committee expects to admit students with an exemplary transcript, extraordinary letters of recommendation, a personal statement that reflects potential growth, and a demonstrated experience in education and/or media studies. Also, we will use the “Like-Live” interface to collect unrehearsed video responses to questions about goals and qualifications in relation to media and education.

Financial Support:

The program will draw upon traditional graduate assistantship awards and scholarships. Furthermore, numerous scholarships are awarded to students whose backgrounds may have placed them at a disadvantage in academic and professional fields.

Learning Outcomes:

The program has three goals:

  • To teach students how to understand, interpret and demystify media and popular culture.
  • To have them create media in relation to education, broadly conceived.
  • To understand the social and political contexts of media in relation to education.


Note: This program requires full time study except for the second summer session which requires only 3 credits.

First summer - Summer Session II Summer Institute (7 Credits):

Fall Semester (13 Credits):

The visual media electives expose students to both old and new visual media, focusing in both courses on storytelling skills. The educational courses engage students on how educational projects are culturally situated. The colloquium during this semester emphasizes the development of an idea for the capstone project.

Visual Media Elective I - (3 credits) One course from:

Public Communications Elective - (3 credits) One course from:

NOTE: Students are invited to petition public communications electives not on this list along with a rationale for using them in their program of study.

Spring Semester (13 Credits):

Visual Media Elective II - (3 credits) One course from:

For their visual media elective, students may enroll in any of the courses listed under Visual Media Elective-I listed above, or the following courses if they have the necessary prerequisite.

Summer Session I Finish (3 Credits):

Total Credits: 36

Transfer Credit:

Decisions made on a case-by-case basis up to a maximum of 6 credits.

Satisfactory Progress:

3.0 (B or better) average in all program courses.

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