Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a faculty-initiated concentration in Documentary Studies

The pathway through the major or minor concentration varies slightly depending on when you enrolled at the University at Albany.  See below.

General Program B.A., with a major concentration in Documentary Studies: A minimum of 36 credits to be chosen from Core, Theory & History, Skills (= Concentration), and Electives as outlined below.

General Program B.A., with a minor concentration in Documentary Studies: A minimum of 18 credits, as outlined below.

HONORS REQUIREMENTS: A minimum of 40 credits, including the 36 credits as distributed, plus four additional credits: one credit tutorials supplementing 300-level and above courses in the major, including DOC 450. Click “Honors” for details.

All courses below are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.

CORE
[Both courses are required for both majors and minors]:


**DOC 251 (=HIS 251): Introduction to Documentary Studies. This should be taken as soon as possible when you declare the major or minor (it’s generally offered only in the fall).

**DOC 450: Documentary Studies Seminar & Practicum [Offered only in the spring] (4). This is the capstone course, to be taken in your senior year.

CORE
[Both courses are required for both majors and minors]:

**DOC 251 (=HIS 251): Introduction to Documentary Studies. This should be taken as soon as possible when you declare the major or minor (it’s generally offered only in the fall).

**DOC 450: Documentary Studies Seminar & Practicum [Offered only in the spring] (4). This is the capstone course, to be taken in your senior year.

   

THEORY & FOUNDATION
Majors, two courses (6 credits); minors, one (3 credits) from
:

ARH 265: History of Photography
COM 238: Introduction to Mass Communication
HIS 335/DOC 335 (formerly HIS/DOC 405):  History /Theory Doc Film
COM 370: Theories of Mass Media
COM 378Z: Studies in Public Persuasion
DOC 401: History of American Documentary Media
JRL 420: Media in the Digital Age (DARS exception)
COM 465: Topics course, if relevant
JRL 475: Topics course, if topic is relevant

THEORY & HISTORY
Majors, two courses (6 credits) required; minors, one (3 credits) from
:

DOC 224 (=HIS 224): Documentary Media Storytelling [if taken as a DOC/HIS 290 or 390 topics course with Prof. Bernard, cannot be repeated]
ARH 265: History of Photography
ARH 266: Photography 1970 to the Present
DOC 335 (=HIS 335) [formerly DOC/HIS 405] History & Theory of the Documentary Film
DOC 363 (=JRL 363) Visual Culture [with DARS exception form]
ARH 368: The Documentary Film
COM 370: Theories of Mass Media
COM 374: Radio and the Public Imagination
DOC 376 (=HIS 376): A Cultural History of American Photography (rarely offered)
COM 386/Z: Persuasion and Film
DOC 401 (=HIS 401): History of American Documentary Media (rarely offered)
JRL 420: Media in the Digital Age
DOC 468 (=JRL 468): Literary Journalism

CONCENTRATION
Majors: Two courses each from two concentrations (12 credits); Minors: Two courses from one concentration (6 credits)

Concentration in print
ENG 220Z: Expository Writing
JRL 220Z: Beginning Reporting and News Writing
DOC 224/HIS 224: Documentary Media Storytelling [if taken as a DOC/HIS 290 or 390 topics course with Prof. Bernard, cannot be repeated; DARS exception may be needed]
JRL 308/Z: Narrative Journalism
DOC 412: Readings & Practicum in Nonfiction Media Storytelling (with DARS exception)
JRL 475: Topics course, if topic is relevant JRL 468Z, Literary Journalism (with DARS exception)

Concentration in still photography
ART 244: Beginning Photography
ARH 265: History of Photography
DOC 324/JRL 324: Foundations of Documentary Photography
DOC 380/JRL 380: Photojournalism
AART 446:  Topics ~ Documentary Photography [with DARS exception]

Concentration in film/video
DOC 323/HIS 323
: Foundations of Documentary Filmmaking [if taken as DOC/HIS 390 with Prof. Roth, cannot be repeated]
DOC 335/HIS 335 [formerly DOC/HIS 405] History & Theory of the Documentary Film
ART 346: Introductory Film Production (rarely offered)
COM 386/Z: Persuasion and Film [DARS exception]
DOC 406/HIS 406: Practicum in Historical Documentary Filmmaking (4)
DOC 412: Readings & Practicum in Nonfiction Media Storytelling (with DARS exception)

Concentration in radio/audio
MUS 295
: Audio Recording Fundamentals
MUS 325: Introduction to Electronic Music and Media (rarely offered)
COM 378 (or 374): Topics course, when relevant and approved
HIS 394: Readings and Practicum in Oral and Video History
DOC 404/HIS 404: Readings and Practicum in Aural History and Audio Documentary Production (4)
MUS 426/526: Studio Work in Electronic Music & Media
MUS 428/528: Sound Design and Multimedia (rarely offered)

Concentration in digital media and the web (hypermedia)
ART 250
: Introduction to Digital Imaging
DOC 330/HIS 330: Fndns of Documentary Web/Hypermedia Production [if taken as DOC/HIS 390 with Prof. Garrigue cannot be repeated]
ART 350: Intermediate Digital Imaging
JRL 390Z: Digital Media Workshop I: Web Publishing
JRL 392Z: Digital Media Workshop II: Desktop Publishing DOC 407/HIS 407: Readings and Practicum in Digital History and Hypermedia
DOC 442/WWS 442/JRL 442: Transmedia Storytelling (with DARS exception)
ART 450: Advanced Digital Imaging
COM 465Z: Topics, if this: Communicating on the Internet
JRL 475: Social Media Journalism (with DARS exception)
JRL 490Z: Online Magazine Workshop: Web Magazine Workshop
MUS 428/528: Sound Design and Multimedia (rarely offered)

SKILLS
Majors: Four courses required from the following (12 credits); Minors: Two courses from the following (6 credits):

DOC 308 (=JRL 308/Z) (=ENG 308/Z): Narrative Journalism
DOC 323 (=HIS 323) Foundations of Documentary Filmmaking [if taken as DOC/HIS 390 with Prof. Roth, cannot be repeated]
DOC 324 (=JRL 324): Introduction to Documentary Photography
DOC 330 (=HIS 330) Fndns of Documentary Web/Hypermedia Production [if taken as DOC/HIS 390 with Prof. Garrigue cannot be repeated]
ART 344: Intermediate Photography & Digital Imaging
ART 350: Intermediate Digital Imaging
DOC 380 (=JRL 380): Photojournalism HIS 394: Readings and Practicum in Oral and Video History
JRL 385Y: Broadcast Journalism
JRL 390: Digital Media Workshop I: Web Publishing
JRL 392: Digital Media Workshop II: Desktop Publishing
DOC 404 (=HIS 404
): Readings & Practicum in Aural History and Audio
Documentary Production (4)
DOC 406 (= HIS 406): Practicum in Historical Documentary Filmmaking (4)
DOC 407 (=HIS 407): Readings and Practicum in Digital History and Hypermedia (4)
DOC 412: Readings & Practicum in Nonfiction Media Storytelling [if taken as HIS 390/Z, Workshop in Historical Media Storytelling, cannot be repeated]
MUS 426 (=ART 426 = THR 426): Music Composition in Electronic Media I
MUS 428 (=ART 428 = THR 428): Music
Composition in Electronic Media II (rarely offered)
COM 430: Communication on the Internet
DOC 442 (=WWS 442) (=JRL 442): Transmedia Storytelling
ART 444: Advanced Photography and Digital Imaging
ART 447: Advanced Film Production  (rarely offered)
ART 450: Advanced Digital Imaging
JRL 490Z: Digital Publication

 

ELECTIVES
(Majors need 11-12 credits from the following selection. Minors need 2-3 credits):

Other than DOC 251 and DOC 450, any of the above courses may be taken (but not repeated or counted twice) as an elective. Other courses or independent studies may be included with the approval of the Documentary Studies Program director. Approved topics courses may be repeated if the topic changes (and is relevant to the major/minor). Topics courses include: AART 298, AART 446, AARH 298, AARH 460, ACOM 378, ACOM 465, AHIS 390, AJRL 364, AJRL 365, AJRL 475.
In addition, the following may be counted as electives (some may require DARS exception forms):

ART (AART)
244: Beginning Photography
281: Hist & Pract Video Art II (9/2014 - now a 300-level course)
344: Intermediate Photography
346: Introductory Film Production
348: Color Photography
444: Advanced Photography
447: Advanced Film Production
450: Advanced Digital Imaging

ART HISTORY (AARH)
261: Independent Cinema
266: Photography, 1970 to the Present
368: The Documentary Film

COMMUNICATION (ACOM)
345/Z: Argumentative Methods
374: Radio and the Public Imagination [DARS exception]

DOCUMENTARY STUDIES
376/Z: A Cultural History of American Photography (rarely offered)
499: Special Projects and Internships in Documentary Studies

HISTORY (AHIS)
499: Special Projects in History and Media

JOURNALISM (AJRL)
225: Media Law and Ethics [with DARS exception]
230: Media and War in U.S. History
350Y: Journalistic Interviewing
385: Broadcast Journalism
495: Journalism Internship
497: Independent Study

ELECTIVES
(Majors need 11-12 credits from the following selection. Minors need 2-3 credits):

Other than DOC 251 and DOC 450, any of the above courses may be taken (but not repeated or counted twice) as an elective.
In addition to the courses listed above under “Theory & History” and “Skills,” the following will be counted as Documentary Studies electives:

DOC 225 (=JRL 225): Media Law and Ethics
DOC 227 (=HIS 227): Civil Rights – A Documentary Approach
JRL 230: Media and War in U.S. History
COM 238: Introduction to Mass Communication ARH 261: Independent Cinema
ART 244: Beginning Photography and Digital Imaging
ART 250: Introduction to Digital Imaging
ART 281 (=ARH 268) History and Practice of Video Art II  (9/2014 - now a 300-level course)
MUS 295: Audio Recording Fundamentals
MUS 325: Analog and Digital: The Culture of Electronic Musical Composition (rarely offered)
JRL 330: History of Journalism in the United States JRL 340: Global Perspectives on the News
ART 346: Introductory Film Production (rarely offered)
ART 348: Color Photography
COM 370: Theories of Mass Media
DOC 390: Topics in Documentary Studies; may be repeated if content is different
DOC 499: Special Projects and Internships in Documentary Studies (1-4)
HIS 499: Special Projects in History and Media (1-4)

TOPICS COURSES:
Many departments offer “topics” courses that vary by semester. When content is relevant and approved, some of these courses may be used for the Documentary Studies major or minor.
You must provide that semester’s specific listings (instructor and course description) for consideration. Topics shells include:

ART 446: Topics in Photography
COM 378: Studies in Public Persuasion
COM 465: Studies in Communication Theory
HIS 398, HIS 390, HIS 391, HIS 392, HIS 396: Topics in Asian, U.S., European, Latin American, and Middle East history
JRL 475: Topics in Journalism
MUS 398: Special Topics in Music