Film and Media have become major cultural forms in the 21st century and their study is now an important part of a modern humanities education. The Film/Media Studies major teaches students to critically engage, understand, and produce moving images. Courses challenge students to think historically, theoretically, and analytically about a wide range of audiovisual media including cinema, radio, television, and new media. The Film/Media Studies major also encourages students to apply their knowledge by producing creative work in media production courses. Film/Media Studies is partnered with Lewisburg's Campus Theatre for classroom screenings and also uses the Marts Film/Media Production Studio for production classes.

For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the course catalog.

Major Requirements

Students taking the major are encouraged to start with ENFS 130 Introduction to Film/Media Studies. Beyond ENFS 130, the major requires a minimum of nine additional courses as described below, as well as the completion of an approved Culminating Experience.

Core classes

  • ENFS 130 Introduction to Film/Media Studies
  • ENLS 199 Survey of Literatures in English
  • ENLS 200 Ways of Reading or ENLS 300 Seminar in Literary Theory and Criticism
  • English Elective: any Literary Studies or Creative Writing course offered by the English Department at the 200-level or above
  • ENFS 242 Film and Media History
  • ENFS 337 Seminar in Film Theory

Students choose two courses from each group below.

Group 1:

  • ENFS 234 National Cinemas
  • ENFS 235 Gender and Film
  • ENFS 238 Special Topics in Film Studies
  • ENFS 245 Televisual Culture
  • ENFS 246 Documentary & Avant-Garde Cinema
  • ENFS 247 Film/Media Genres and Auteurs
  • ENFS 338 Seminar in Film and Digital Media Studies

Group 2:

  • ENCW 205 Screenwriting Workshop
  • ENFS 253 Introduction to Film/Media Production
  • ENFS 254 Film Exhibition and Programming
  • ENFS 256 Writing about Film/Media
  • ENFS 335 Special Topics in Film/Media Production
  • ENFS 339 Film/Video Production

Seniors majoring in Film/Media Studies have the following options for fulfilling the Culminating Experience requirement:

  • Write an Honors Thesis with the approval of their adviser; upon handing in a satisfactory thesis, the student's adviser will submit a pass/fail grade for this Culminating Experience.
  • In a single semester (fall preferably) students may attend six events as part of the Tuesday evening Film/Media Series at The Campus Theatre. Students will submit a 250-word report for each event and post it to the designated CE blog within three days of attending. Upon completion, advisers will submit a pass/fail grade for this Culminating Experience. Other related events may be attended with your adviser's permission.
  • In the spring semester, students may participate in the Film/Media Production Challenge. Students must hand in completed projects to their adviser that fulfill the contest's parameters before the deadline. Their adviser will then submit a pass/fail grade for the Culminating Experience.

Minor Requirements

The minor in Film/Media Studies requires five courses:

  • ENFS 130 Introduction to Film/Media Studies
  • Three 200-level courses in Film/Media Studies with at least one course from Group 1 and Group 2 below.
  • One 300-level seminar in Film/Media Studies from Group 3 below.

Group 1:

  • ENFS 234 National Cinemas
  • ENFS 235 Gender and Film
  • ENFS 238 Special Topics in Film Studies
  • ENFS 245 Televisual Culture
  • ENFS 246 Documentary & Avant-Garde Cinema
  • ENFS 247 Film/Media Genres and Auteurs

Group 2:

  • ENFS 253 Introduction to Film/Media Production
  • ENCW 205 Screenwriting Workshop
  • ENFS 254 Film Exhibition and Programming
  • ENFS 256 Writing about Film/Media

Students may also propose a relevant course from outside the Film/Media Studies Program to fulfill the 200-level course requirement. Students should consult with the minor's coordinator for course approvals.

Group 3:

  • ENFS 335 Special Topics in Film/Media Production
  • ENFS 337 Seminar in Film Theory
  • ENFS 338 Seminar in Film and Digital Media Studies
  • ENFS 339 Film/Video Production