The Department of Film and Media Studies provides undergraduate students with comprehensive training in four key areas: core knowledge of film and media texts, theories, and institutions; critical, analytical, and interpretive skills; research skills; and writing and production skills. Majors interact closely with our faculty through collaborative research projects and engage with a vibrant mix of activities and student organizations, such as the Screenwriter’s Co-Op, the Reel Loud Film Festival, and Women in Media.
While graduate students receive broad training in current theoretical paradigms as well as historiographical and analytical methodologies, each doctoral candidate’s research interests and the eventual dissertation project shape his or her specific course of study. The department fosters an environment that encourages intellectual curiosity and creativity over narrow instrumentality. Our PhDs, many of whom now hold positions in premiere institutions of higher learning, are helping to shift and expand the contours of the discipline with their cutting edge scholarship.