Program Requirements

The New Media and Culture Certificate is a transdisciplinary program open to graduate students in any master’s or PhD program working at the intersection of new media and culture at the University of Oregon. Students must complete a minimum of 24 credits in approved courses. Among these, 12 credits must come from a series of required core courses: one course (4 credits) in Theories and Histories of New Media (this is known as the core Common Seminar required of all NMCC students); one course (4 credits) from the list of Methods courses; and one course (4 credits) from the list of Topics courses. The remaining 12 credits are devoted to Electives.

With permission of the program director, other relevant courses may be substituted for pre-approved courses as they are developed or are considered germane to an individual student’s program in new media and culture. Also note that students may petition to have non-new media courses count toward the Electives requirement if the majority of the student’s research in the course involves the production of new media content (websites, databases, blogs, digital arts, creation of new digital tools, etc.). NMCC Petition Instructions.

At least 8 of the 24 credits must be taken outside of the student’s home department or program.

We have designed the curriculum to best take advantage of new, cutting-edge courses in new media across disciplines. The topics in new media course, for example, will permit the program’s students to take a range of new and developing courses.

During the application process, students work with the program director to create and plan their focus, and to ensure their timely progress through the program. We recognize that some of the courses indicated below may not be offered every year, but we expect that other courses will be offered in their place. You can find the NMCC application here.

Graduating with the Certificate