Academics

We welcome you to the Department of Film and Media Studies at Emory University. Film and Media Studies offers students the best of both worlds:

  • our small department within a major research university provides our students with close mentoring, and
  • an individually tailored course of study.

Our department's mission is media literacy, the ability to think critically about the ways in which images and sounds create ideas. We train undergraduate and graduate students to be discerning viewers and thinkers about the most influential cultural forms of the 20th and 21st centuries, by grounding them in a thorough knowledge of American and international film history, the practices of film and television criticism, film and media theory, and by providing interested students with training in screenwriting and filmmaking.

Why study film and media at Emory University?

We are surrounded by moving images-on television, in movie theaters, on our computers, and even in electronic billboards. If you can understand the ways in which media communicate visually and with sound, you can become a more media literate, perceptive, discerning and skeptical citizen in the globalized 21st century. Even if you take just one course in the department (such as Introduction to Film), you will never look at moving images the same way again.