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.
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.
Our majors are highly motivated, passionately enthusiastic and thoroughly trained in the perception and interpretation of moving images, and as well as the skills necessary to communicate their ideas orally and in writing. They also can take courses in fiction narrative, documentary and avant-garde filmmaking, as well as screenwriting.
The new minor in media studies offers an interdisciplinary approach across several departments to the understanding of media.
Our new Concentration in Film and Media Management (for Film Studies majors only) provide undergraduates with the tools to navigate the contemporary media industries.
Our majors and minors go on to careers in academia, medicine, the law, literature and the media entertainment industry, armed with the critical thinking skills that are the hallmark of an interdisciplinary liberal arts education. They are well prepared for whatever career they choose to pursue. In short, the Film Studies Department plays a crucial role in the mission of Emory’s College: to prepare students “to be responsible and well-informed citizens of the world.”