Welcome to the website of the Department of Media Studies at the Paderborn University!
Paderborn University, alongside the universities of Weimar, Siegen and Bochum, hosts one of the four largest media studies departments in Germany. With seven full professors and more than one hundred courses per semester, media studies in Paderborn is a highly interdisciplinary program. Course offerings range from the humanities (sociology, education, media theory, media aesthetics, media history, film studies, television studies, digital media) to media economics and computer science. We focus primarily on critical studies of media and popular culture; quantitative methods are taught as well. To complement their research and analysis, students can choose classes in media practice, do internships and work on short and longer-term projects. In a constantly and rapidly changing media landscape we provide students with a solid foundation of enduring criteria for critical analysis as well as relevant expertise to successfully enter all media-related professions.