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Media Studies

USF’s Department of Media Studies offers students a liberal arts-based program in media analysis and media production. Combining theory and practice, students learn how to analyze, deconstruct, and critique media texts and institutions and how to create, share, and collaborate using various forms of media. This program of study, located in multicultural and media-rich San Francisco, provides students with dynamic opportunities to study and create media.

Outside of the classroom, students develop their media production skills by working on media projects all over San Francisco Bay Area, in the USF media lab, in internships for non-profits and media-related companies in the bay area, or in voluntary work on campus at the San Francisco Foghorn, USFtv, and KUSF.

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The Media Lab

Our lab provides state-of-the-art video and audio production and editing facilities to students enrolled in production courses in the Media Studies Department.

Learn more about The Media Lab

Our Professors

Our professors are experts in their field, inspiring a truly interdisciplinary media studies curriculum. This year:

  • Beth Hoffman spoke at the World Food Systems Conference in Switzerland about the ways the media has discussed toxic pesticide use in strawberry production and the resulting consumer response. She is developing a podcast about food and music.
  • Danny Plotnick recently co-directed and co-edited a series of music videos with local artist/activist Candace Roberts.
  • Inna Arzumanova presented her paper on dance, multimedia, and the racial mapping of cities, titled “Bodied Memories,” at the International Communication Association conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Bernadette Barker-Plummer will present "The Ultimate Makeover: Celebrity, US Media and the Commodification of Transwomen” at the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) in Montreal, Quebec, in July 2015.
  • Dorothy Kidd’s article “Social Justice Media: The Case of Occupy,” published in the Colombian academic journal Mediaciones was noted in the Omnivore section of the Village Voice’s Book Forum on May 28th, 2015.
  • Gina Arnold is completing the manuscript for her next book, Rock Crowds and Power, which will be published by the University of Iowa Press in their New American Canon series in 2016.
  • Madeleine Lim’s film, “The Worlds of Bernice Bing” (2013, 34 minutes, USA) recently screened in Cambridge in May 2015.
  • Vamsee Juluri's new book Rearming Hinduism: Nature, Hinduphobia and the Return of Indian Intelligence (Westland Books) was published in February 2015.

Meet our faculty

Contact Info

Department of Media Studies

Mon-Fri, 8a.m.- 4:30p.m.

Kalmanovitz Hall 103, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1082 (415) 422-5152