University at Albany students may choose to pursue a major in Interdisciplinary Studies. These majors represent a rich variety of interdisciplinary study, blending complementary disciplines to encourage new avenues of academic investigation. Each interdisciplinary studies degree has a concentration. Among the faculty-initiated Bachelor of Arts concentrations is Documentary Studies.
The interdisciplinary concentration in Documentary Studies combines a solid grounding in the academic and theoretical literature of documentary work in a range of disciplines (communication, history, art, journalism, and music) with intensive research and fieldwork in video/film, radio, hypermedia/multimedia, photography, and nonfiction print writing. Students are prepared to more effectively engage in the media-infused global marketplace as citizens, consumers, educators, scholars, and practitioners.
The Documentary Studies curriculum combines a solid grounding in the academic and theoretical literature of documentary media with an opportunity for intensive fieldwork. Students will learn not only to produce documentary work but also to understand its history and range and be able to critically analyze it in terms of both content and craft.
This concentration of the Interdisciplinary Studies major prepares students for employment in fields that require in-depth research, writing, and editing skills, including archival, library, and audiovisual research; the ability to analyze, critique, and produce visual and aural communications, such as for entertainment, education, or advocacy; and a broad understanding of fact-based communication that can be applied in a range of corporate, educational, service, or government settings.
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