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Critical Communication and Media
Critical Communication and Media Studies

CCM Major/Minor

Critical Communication and Media Studies classes cover the ways in which popular culture impacts our understanding of our identity—race, class, gender, sexuality, and other aspects that influence our understanding of ourselves and others. Students who pursue the major or minor have the opportunity to explore how people devise and use media—whether speeches or social media—to engage their world and to construct identity and community.

Major in Critical Communication & Media Studies

Students choosing Critical Communication and Media Studies as their major will be required to fulfill 33 credit hours within the major. Required courses include:

  • CCM 310, Media & Cultural Theory (3)
  • CCM 315, Rhetorical Theory (3)
  • CCM 398C, Argumentation & Advocacy (3)
  • CCM 482, Voices of Dissent & Social Change (MRC Capstone) (3)
  • CCM 352W, Rhetorical Criticism (3) or CCM 365W, Media & Cultural Criticism (3)
  • JR 417, International Communication (3) or JR 418, Gender & Media: Global Views (3)
  • 15 credit-hours from the following:
    • CCM 308,* History of Film (3)
    • CCM 320, Documentary Film & Culture (3)
    • CCM 330,* Race & Difference (3)
    • CCM 354, Gender & Communication (3)
    • CCM 368, Media & Politics (3)
    • CCM 376,* Film, Culture & Criticism (3)
    • CCM 390, Special Topics (3)
    • CCM 420,* Queering Film (3)
    • CCM 430,* Rhetoric of Horror Films (3)
    • CCM 462, Influence in Public Culture (3)
    • CCM 463, Freedom of Speech and Democracy (3)
    • CCM 466, Audience, Community & Fandom (3)
    • CCM 468, Women & Rock (3)
    • CCM 470, Sports, Media & Culture (3)
    • CCM 481, Technologies of the Body (3)
    • CCM 490, Special Topics (3)
    • CCM 4##, Apprenticeship and Internship (3)

In addition, students will be required to satisfy the Butler University Core curriculum as well as the CCOM requirements of Public Speaking, Media Literacy, Communication & Culture, and Foreign Language (6 hours at the 200 or above level).

A minor (recommended) or concentration is required, comprising 12 hours. A second major also fulfills this requirement.

Additional hours of free electives, combined with the above, to complete the 126 hours needed for graduation.

Minor in Critical Communication & Media Studies

Students interested in a minor in Critical Communication and Media Studies will take:

  • SW 266, Media Literacy (3)
  • CCM 310, Media & Cultural Theory (3) or CCM 315, Rhetorical Theory (3)
  • CCM 398, Argumentation & Advocacy (3)
  • CCM 352W, Rhetorical Criticism or CCM 365W, Media & Cultural Criticism

In addition, six credits from the following options are required:

  • CCM 308, History of Film (3)
  • CCM 320, Documentary Film & Culture (3)
  • CCM 330, Race & Difference (3)
  • CCM 354, Gender & Communication (3)
  • CCM 368, Media & Politics (3)
  • CCM 376, Film, Culture & Criticism (3)
  • CCM 420, Queering Film (3)
  • CCM 462, Influence in Public Culture (3)
  • CCM 463, Freedom of Speech & Democracy (3)
  • CCM 466, Audience, Community & Fandom (3)
  • CCM 468, Women & Rock (3)
  • CCM 470, Sports, Media & Culture (3)
  • CCM 481, Technologies of the Body (3)
  • CCM 482, Voices of Dissent & Social Change (3)
  • CCM 485, Media, Rhetoric & Culture Capstone (3)

Minor in Film Studies

Students interested in a minor in Film Studies will take:

Required Courses—18 credit hours

  • CCM 308, History of Film (3)
  • CCM 376, Film, Culture & Criticism (3)
  • Film Analysis and Theory—Choose Three:
    • CCM 320, Documentary Film & Culture (3)
    • CCM 330, Representations of Race & Difference (3)
    • CCM 420, Queering Film (3)
    • CCM 430, Rhetoric of Horror Films (3)
    • CME 311, Genres in Cinema (3)
    • EN 393/394, Special Topics in Film (3) 
  • The Liberal Arts Through Film: Choose One
    • ​AN326, Youth Conflict and Global Cinema (3)
    • GR360, German Film (3)
    • HST 349, U.S. History Through Film (3)
    • MH452, History of Film Music (3)
    • PO 384, Politics Through Film (3)
    • SP360, Hispanic Film (3)
    • TI234-HST, Reel America (3)

The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum. Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at my.butler.edu and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.