Topics courses provide students the opportunity to take a range of experimental or topic-based courses on new media at the 500 and 600 level.

Students are required to take 4 credits in Topics courses. Students are not limited to the pre-approved offerings listed below. Students may petition to substitute other relevant courses as they are developed or as considered germane to an individual student’s program in new media and culture.

Potential Topics Courses

Some courses may have registration restrictions; refer to Schedule of Classes for details. (For Topics courses offered in this academic year, refer to list of current courses.)


ARTD 510 | Art of Surveillance

ARH 507 | New Media Art and Digital Discourses   Theory and criticism of art engaged with new technologies from the 1990s to the present. Examines the impact of digital technologies in terms of artistic production, dissemination, and reception, as well as the implications of new technologies for contemporary society more generally.

ARH 507 | Media, Spectacle, and Surveillance in Contemporary Art  

ARH 607 | Topics in Digital Humanities

CHN 607 | Digital Sinology    Explores how the resources and methods of the digital humanities are transforming the discipline of Sinology and how they can advance the understanding of Chinese literature.

CHN 607 | Seminar Digital Sinology

CIS 571 | Introduction to Artificial Intelligence   Introduction to ideas, issues, representations and algorithms in the field of artificial intelligence. The course is organized into units covering intelligent agent architectures, problem solving, search, game playing, knowledge representation and reasoning, planning, learning and robotics. Although students are encouraged to use Java to implement programs in assignments, any programming language and existing softwares can be used for course projects.

COLT 616 | Transmedial Aesthetics    Approaches to the analysis of film, photography, video, and new media. Emphasis on intersections between comparison and media theory.

EDST 615 | Technology and Education

ENG 586 | New Media and Digital Culture   Study of media emerging from computer-based and digital techniques, including digital cinema, cyborgs, interactive games, multiplayer online simulations, and viral videos. Offered alternate years.

J 510 | Algorithms/Automation

J 512 | Social Media & Society

J 567 | Top Global Mobile Methods  Topics focus on global media issues

J 567 | Top New Media in Asia

J 567 | The Digital World  Investigates the changes in information and communication practices brought about by innovations in information technologies and to analyze their social and cultural consequences.

J 610 | New Media and Globalization

J 652 | Consumer Politics   Production oriented and consumer oriented capitalism are in question. Multiple new economies are here, being built, and enacted. They are being called laissez faire, neoliberal, prosumptive, free, digital, and patriotic. How are and will they be democratic? How will they be ecological? How is communication being re-imagined to foster this transformation?

JPN 507 | Stories in the Digital Age: The Future of the Book

JPN 507 | The Future of the Book: New Publishing Trends and Literary Forms

JPN 510 | Digital Age Stories

JPN 510 | Tokyo Cyberpunk

LAW 610 | Cybercrime

LIB 607 | Data Management

LIB 607 | Issues in Digital Scholarship   This course will help graduate students navigate the many forms of digital scholarship as practiced today, as well as help students imagine new forms of digital scholarship appropriate to their research and/or their chosen academic discipline.

PHIL 507 | The Politics of Information: History, Theory and Critique   Features a number of approaches to an emerging theme of inquiry gaining importance across a range of contemporary disciplinary formations including: new media studies, science and technology studies, the history and philosophy of technology and science, and political philosophy and social theory.

PHIL 607 | Net Theory: Public and Private on/in the Internet

PHIL 607 | Seminar: Data Genealogy

PS 510 | Technology and its Discontents

SOC 510 | Digital Social Life