Media Studies

University of California, Berkeley


The Media Studies program is an undergraduate interdisciplinary group major in the Office of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Division of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Letters and Science. Courses taught by core faculty in Media Studies cover media history and theory with an emphasis on media systems, policy, and practices. Additionally, faculty from multiple departments cross campus bring the perspectives and methods of their fields to bear on the analysis of media in a variety of elective courses. Our emphasis in this major is historical and theoretical, offering students the analytical tools available to examine media—old and new, local to global—as well as media consumption and meaning-making processes.

Undergraduate Program

Media Studies: BA

Graduate Program

There is no graduate program in Media Studies.

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Media Studies

Faculty and Instructors


Josh Jackson, Lecturer. Digital and new media, television, media and culture, convergence, media industries and production cultures, media history.

Richard Jaroslovsky, Lecturer. Media history, impact of digital technologies on newsgathering and dissemination of news, changing economic models of media organizations.

Geoffrey King, Lecturer. Freedoms of speech, press, petition and assembly, citizen journalism, Internet policy, privacy, technology, online surveillance and censorship, open government.

Jean P. Retzinger, Lecturer. Environmental communication, particularly agriculture and food issues in advertising, television, film, and digital media.

Ed Timke, Lecturer. Advertising, international and intercultural communication, media, culture, and society, media history, photojournalism, and Transatlantic media flows, especially between the United States and France.

William Turner, Lecturer. Freedom of speech and the press.

Contact Information

Media Studies Program

235 Evans Hall

Phone: 510-642-2363

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Acting Program Director, Lecturer and Faculty Adviser

Jean Retzinger, PhD

Lecturer and Faculty Adviser

Josh Jackson, PhD

Lecturer and Faculty Adviser

Ed Timke, PhD

Student Academic Adviser

Laura Demir

235 Evans Hall

Phone: 510-642-2363

Program Email

The program email address is answered by staff and faculty.

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