Movies involve every mode of expression, from movement to music, from narrative to news. No medium is better suited to the study of communication and self-expression. Movies are also a fascinating window into recent and contemporary cultures, revealing things about them, from their “common knowledge” to their secret desires, attitudes, beliefs and values. The film and media studies program opens these avenues of research to students across the curriculum. The program offers film history, criticism, theory and video and website production. Film and Media Studies can be a minor, part of a special major, or a concentration in a theatre major.
A minor in Film and Media Studies consists of six courses, approved by the department chairperson. These six courses will ordinarily include one textual analysis course, one film or television history course, one course in video production or dramatic writing and one upper-level theory course.