Principles of Cultural Interpretation

This course serves as an introduction to the MCA program by providing the interpretative framework for the study of media, culture and the arts. An examination of foundational definitions, questions and worldviews are central to this course as is an understanding of a Christian anthropology. There will also be an overview of the prevailing cultural theories currently in use and how they do or do not cohere with a Christian worldview. Students will be given the opportunity to critique culture during the course of the semester.

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: HUM210

 


Arts and Ideas of the Ancient World

This course is the introduction to the three-course study of the arts and ideas of world cultures required of MCA majors. It utilizes an integrated approach to the study of the humanities with an exploration of architecture, sculpture, painting, literature, music, drama, religion, and philosophy. This course will focus on the ancient world with an examination of the earliest beginnings of cultural production during the prehistoric era up to and include an consideration of the civilizations, cultures, and traditions of the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and late antiquity. As well, there is a focus on the non-Western cultures of ancient Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The course will end with a study of the rise of Islam (ca. 661 AD).

Pre-requisite: ENG110

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: HUM211

 


Arts and Ideas of the Medieval and Early Modern World

This course is the second of the three-course study of the arts and ideas of world cultures required of MCA majors. It utilizes an integrated approach to the study of the humanities with an exploration of architecture, sculpture, painting, literature, music, drama, religion, and philosophy. This course in the sequence will focus on the time period beginning with the Middle Ages and include a sturdy of the Renaissance, the Reformation, as well as the cultural periods of the Baroque, Rococo and Neo-classical. As well, there is a focus on the non-Western cultures of Asia, Africa, and the Americas during the same time period. The course will end with an examination of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era (ca. 1815).

Pre-requisite: HUM211

Course Credit: 3

Course Code: HUM212

 


Arts and Ideas of the Modern World

This course is the third of the three-course study of the arts and ideas of world cultures required of MCA majors. It utilizes an integrated approach to the study of the humanities with an exploration of architecture, sculpture, painting, literature, music, drama, religion, and philosophy. This course focuses on the study of the arts and ideas of world cultures from 1815 to 1968. More specifically, movements will include Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-impressionism, Expressionism and the rise of modern art. As well, there is a emphasis on the non-Western cultures of Asia, Africa, and the Americas during the same time period. The course will end with an examination of existentialism and the rise of Pop Art in the early 1960s.

Pre-requisite: HUM212

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: HUM311

 


The Post-Modern World

This course will analyze the tension between the postmodern and Christian worldviews. Beginning with a historical overview of the rise of the postmodern mindset, the course will study the growing influence of postmodernity as it has interacted with modernity, through the thinking of Nietzsche, Derrida, Foucault, and others. Throughout the course, questions surrounding foundationalism, metanarratives, and hermeneutics will be addressed. Epistemology will be a particular focus.

Pre-requisite: HUM311 LEC

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: HUM310

 

 


The Enterprise of Mass Communication

This course emphasizes the history of the development of communication technologies, processes and channels. It begins with an examination of individual innovators and continues to present day corporate reshaping of the mass distribution of information and entertainment. It will trace the rise of mass communications in print, photography, telegraphy, film, radio, television, and the most current forms of emerging media. The course will then move from a focus on the historical rise communication media to an examination of actual media conglomerates, reviewing who they are, how they are organized, and how they compete.

Pre-requisite: ENG120 LEC.

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: MED251

 


Media, Culture and Society

This course will examine the social, economic, political and cultural forces that have shaped and been shaped by media, for good or ill. Media and information technologies will be mined for their influence on the way we live, govern, consume and play. The course will also investigate new and emerging forms of media and how they are changing daily life and our ability to interact with both media and other people.

Pre-requisite: MED251 and Junior Standing

Equivalent: MED253

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: MED353

 

 


Capstone Project

All MCA seniors are required to complete a culminating capstone project. Students will choose to complete a senior project, portfolio or thesis based on what will best prepare them for their post-graduation goals and objectives. Regardless of their choosing, students work extensively with faculty members to craft a final project that highlights their strengths and talents.

Pre-requisite: Senior Standing

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: MCA451