Film and Media Studies

Mission Statement

The film and media studies program at Agnes Scott offers students the opportunity to concentrate on film as an art and as a means of expression. Within the minor the student will examine the narrative dimensions of film as well as the unique vocabulary and language of film technique. The program also focuses on film theory and film history as well as the ideological, social and cultural implications of film discourse. The program additionally offers courses focusing on the analysis of other media and popular culture. Drawing its courses from across the curriculum, the program emphasizes interdisciplinary learning, allowing students to synthesize their study of film and media through a number of perspectives: English, art, theatre, history, languages, political science, sociology, anthropology, religion, music, and philosophy. The mission of the program is to recognize the importance of visual literacy in our culture and of film and media in the liberal arts.

Would you like to explore the role of women in film, both in front of and behind the camera? Write a feature-length screeenplay for a film? Learn how film both constructs and reflects national identity?

Consider a minor in film & media studies at Agnes Scott. Within this minor you will examine the narrative dimensions of film as well as the unique vocabulary and language of film technique, with an emphasis on the analysis and interpretation of cinema as a key form in modern visual culture. The program focuses on film theory and film history as well as the ideological, social and cultural implications of film discourse.

Drawing its courses from across the curriculum, the program emphasizes interdisciplinary learning, allowing you to synthesize your study of film and media through a number of perspectives: English, art, theatre, history, languages, political science, sociology, anthropology, religion, music, and philosophy. The mission of the program is to recognize the importance of visual literacy in our culture and of film and media in the liberal arts.

What will I study?
In addition to core courses (Introduction to Film Studies and Film History), you can choose from a rich array of electives in a variety of disciplines to complete your minor:

  • Music 206 Music and Cinema: Film Music
  • English 230 Topics in Film Studies (recent topics: Alfred Hitchcock, Woody Allen, Romantic Comedy, Women and Film)
  • Religious Studies 233 Constructing Tibet Through Film and Literature
  • Theatre 303 Dramatic Writing II (screenwriting)
  • Political Science 317 Politics of the Mass Media
  • German Studies 330 German Film
  • History 354 Chinese Women on Film: History and the Cinematic Imagination
  • Religious Studies 335 Jesus in History and Culture
  • French 375 French Film
  • Among many other topics

How will this degree help me when I graduate?
As Elizabeth Van Ness noted in a New York Times article titled “Is a Cinema Studies Degree the New M.B.A.?,” the language of film is fast becoming a basic professional skill like writing or public speaking. A minor in film & media studies prepares students for almost any career in which analysis, writing, reading, research, and communication skills are important. A major in a traditional discipline with a minor in film studies would be attractive to graduate schools and professions in communications and the media. 

If you are interested in pursuing film studies in graduate programs, you will be interested to know that in recent years Agnes Scott students have gained admission to film programs at:

  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas
  • Chapman University
  • Georgia State University

For more information, contact the program director:
Willie Tolliver
404.471.5181