No discipline is more international than cinema. Modern film originated simultaneously in the United States and France. But whether one looks to Thomas Edison or the Lumiere brothers, they were merely the beginning of a global art movement and an international industry. The great innovators came from all corners of the globe: Russian revolutionaries, American studio moguls, Japanese anime artists, Italian neo-realists, the French New Wave, the Ealing comedies of postwar Britain, and many, many more. The goal of the Film Studies Program is to help students appreciate the complexities of artistic expression that have always been part and parcel of film. Built from the film offerings of the language departments, courses were added to give all students a fundamental core. In recent years we have added courses on screen writing, and plan to add more.
Our fundamental goal remains:
We provide an intellectual passport to an interconnected world, always highlighting the myriad ways that imagination intersects with reality.