Study the cultural, historical and political importance of media in one of the first undergraduate programs in the U.S. to combine theory, history and practice.

The Pomona Department’s contribution to the Intercollegiate Media Studies major focuses on theoretical and critical approaches to the study of the media in global perspective.

Thanks to the resources of the five Claremont Colleges that participate in the major, you can chose from more than 80 media studies courses covering a wide range of theoretical approaches and hands-on production experience in film and video as well as digital and electronic media.  

You will examine the histories, the technologies and social and cultural contexts of media forms and apply critical thinking, theory and practice across the disciplines, including history, politics, computer science, English and art history. 

  • In class with Professor Jennifer Friedlander
    In class with Professor Jennifer Friedlander
  • In class with Professor Jennifer Friedlander
    In class with Professor Jennifer Friedlander

What You'll Study

  • Courses in media history and theory
  • One introductory production course
  • A concentration in one media form or critical studies
  • Senior exercise
Choose from 82 media studies and core courses across The Claremont Colleges.

Creating at Pomona

  • Spotify: Streaming platform logo
    Schuyler (Skye) Mitchell '20: Spotify and the Droning of Culture

    An exploration of how the algorithmic music streaming platform Spotify utilizes user data to create personalized listener profiles and playlists that modulate an individual’s listening habits.

  • Anna Chung 360 Project
    Anna Chung ’18: Explorations in 360 Media

    Chung researched and experimented with different techniques of shooting, editing, and viewing 360 video/photography

  • Cerna Ovce
    Shivani Doraiswami '18: "Cerna Ovce"

    While studying abroad in the Czech Republic, Doraiswami co-wrote and directed a short film,“Cerna Ovce,” ("Black
     Sheep") tackling the dangers of mob mentality.

  • Thumbnail of "47" Documentary Project
    “47” Documentary

    Daniel Park ’20 produced a 40-minute documentary film to highlight and celebrate the strength and beauty of the Rwandan community at The Claremont Colleges.

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Daniel Park '20

A media studies education at Pomona entails not just learning mind-blowing theory or getting access to a full deck of pro-grade cinema cameras, but also learning ​how ​to learn in new modes of thought, and if you’re a creative, spending lots​ ​of time thinking of ways to translate theory into practice.

Faculty & Teaching

Our Media Studies professors are innovative thinkers and practitioners exploring topics on popular culture, contemporary art controversies, experimental literature and film, and the relationship between media and politics. 

Professor Jennifer Friedlander

Media studies students enter a challenging space—a space that refuses them the comfort and ease of speaking behind the veneer of objective knowledge. In its place, we work together to erect a different system of inquiry, one in which apparently obvious and common-sense views become our object of scrutiny, not just in terms of their content, but also in terms of their form.