Program Overview

Students in the Media Literacy, Popular Culture, and Democracy program are enrolled in two courses for six college credit: CFE: 200 Media Education and Contemporary Culture and WRT:104: Introduction to College Level Writing.

Dr. Mangram with the Media Literacy, Popular Culture, and Democracy students
Dr. Mangram (center) with the Media Literacy, Popular Culture, and Democracy students

CFE 200: Media Education and Contemporary Culture

Media is teaching us something every day. Media education motivates us to begin understanding what those lessons are. This popular summer program for high school students examines media literacy and popular culture around three themes where youth, schooling, and popular culture intersect: (1) the cultural studies approach to media literacy and popular culture; (2) media representations of identity; and (3) youth’s perspectives on the media and their representation in them. Students develop their analytical skills in cultural studies through readings, class discussions, class debates, film (video) screenings, guest speakers. Individual and group projects will provide the framework for engaging specific topics (advertising, hip-hop culture, skater culture, etc.), texts and cultural forms.

WRT 104: Introduction to College Level Writing

Writing 104 is the required accompanying course to CFE 200. This course provides an introduction to the kinds of writing that students will be expected to engage in at the university. Broadly stated, the goal for the course is to foster growth in writers by engaging in collaborative strategies to understand and compose complex texts. The course will have a strong emphasis on analysis and reflection as a means of developing a range of writing. This course does not substitute for WRT 105.

  Summer College 2018 was just unforgettable. I was given the opportunity to stay over at Syracuse University to live the college life and experience one of the biggest campus’ in New York. I attended the six-week program where I took two classes: Introduction to College and Media Literature. I do not regret attending this program at all! When I told people that I will be staying over at Syracuse University for six weeks during my Summer, I often got negative responses. “Six weeks? Are you crazy? That’s literally your whole Summer.” Little did they know was that those six-weeks were literally the highlight of my summer. I got the chance to meet people all over the world, I have made friends that I know I’ll be in contact with the rest of my life, and I took real college classes that gave me a taste of how demanding and rigorous college classes will be life in the near future!   -Nazrun C., Summer College Media Literacy student, 2018.

Program Objectives

  • Understand how media constructs our identity
  • Explore how power and authority are reinforced through media representations
  • Listen to and engage professional film, documentary, and radio producers
  • Construct your own media text
  • Analyze the relationship between media and U.S. democracy
  • Investigate race, gender, and class through understanding U.S. media representations
  • Enjoy working in teams on projects and class assignments

Learn more about Media Literacy, Popular Culture, and Democracy:

Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bios

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session I: June 29 – August 9, 2019
Duration: 6-weeks


Credit: 6 credits

  • CFE 200 Media Education and Contemporary Culture (3 credits)
  • WRT 104 Introduction to College Level Writing (3 credits)

Grading System: A-F

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be rising Juniors or rising Seniors to take this program (exceptions may apply). For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Costs:

  • Residential: $9,930*
  • Commuter: $7,548*

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

Program Requirements

Student Expectations

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Regular classes are Monday – Thursday 10am – Noon and 2- 4 p.m. Fridays are used as a time to socialize so that we can get to know each other better. Strong relationships are cultivated through engaging in nonacademic activities such as having pizza parties, going on field trips, and listening to guest speakers.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to leave on Friday, August 9, 2019 after 4:30pm upon the completion of their final class. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.

Faculty Bio

Dr. Jeff Mangram, Associate Professor of Social Studies Education

Having taught Social Studies to middle and high school students in both private and public schools for the last twenty-five years, Dr. Jeffery A. Mangram is a veteran teacher who teaches at both Manlius Pebble Hill School (independent school) and in the School of Education at Syracuse University, where he is an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education.

Dr. Mangram received his B.A. (Policy Studies/Political Science), M.A. (Social Studies Education) and Ph.D. (Teaching and Curriculum) from Syracuse University. His dissertation, “Struggles over Meaning: Social Studies Teachers’ Perspectives of Media and Popular Culture” received the Syracuse University School of Education Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2006. His doctoral research revolved around the question of how social studies teachers thought about, negotiated, and used popular culture and media in the personal lives and in their pedagogical practices.

As a master teacher and scholar, Dr. Mangram presents at conferences and workshops across the U.S. He has presented at the American Education Research Association on a number of occasions, focusing on media education, high leverage pedagogical strategies, and issues related to urban education. In addition, Dr. Mangram is a sought after public speaker who has engaged audience at the local, state and national levels around a variety of issues including racial reconciliation and educational equity. He recently presented on active learning strategies at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya.

Another of Dr. Mangram’s notable accomplishments was that he was a member of the 1987 S.U. football team which went undefeated and played in the 1988 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Lastly, Dr. Mangram was selected to the 2015 Glynn County Sports Hall of Fame for his athletic accomplishments as well has his academic and scholarly endeavors.