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The Joint-Ph.D. program in “Comparative Media Analysis and Practice” (CMAP) advances the critical investigation of modern media culture and the innovative making of digital objects. Open to Ph.D. students from all units of the university, the program adds intellectual perspectives and project-driven learning experiences in an interdisciplinary and collaborative framework. It enhances the preparedness of Ph.D. students with diverse backgrounds for academic or non-academic careers alike. Students completing the program will receive degrees such as “Ph.D. in Anthropology and Comparative Media Analysis and Practice” or “Ph.D. in English and Comparative Media Analysis and Practice.”

CMAP’s central aim is to support research, skill-building, professionalization, and mentoring within and across existing disciplines, departments, and centers while having students maintain their links to their respective home departments. Each year CMAP will admit six graduate students from different fields of specialization to the program. They will participate in seminars, workshops, and research projects as a cohort. The program asks students to take 18-20 credit hours of course work in four consecutive seminars and two Maymester courses. In order to meet the demands of additional course work, knowledge and skill acquisition, internship and research activities, CMAP students will be eligible to apply for one year of graduate funding in addition to the five years of support they typically receive within their home departments at Vanderbilt.