Film and Media Studies
Students in the Film and Media Studies major examine print and visual media to understand the value of media in our society.
Through critical analysis of print and visual media, students who major in Film and Media Studies learn the cultural implications of living in a “mediated society.” As they produce their own works in journalistic and creative non-fiction writing, or in film, advertising, and public relations, students reflect their relationship with the culture of the media. Students who complete the major may adopt careers in advertising, public relations, journalism, freelance writing, film criticism, film production, screen or playwriting, or may choose to enter graduate programs in any of these areas.
Total credit hours for the major are 42.5-45.5; students must take least six courses
at the 300 level. Students are strongly urged to choose a minor field.
A variety of internships are available to all Wells students. These can give a student practical experience and insider knowledge of future careers well before graduation and help you discover your own passion, guiding your personalized educational experience. The following are a few internships in film and media studies held by Wells students in recent years:
- Cornell Cinema, Ithaca, N.Y.
- Castle Records, Nashville, Tenn.
- Brainchild Productions, Chicago, Ill.
- Finger Lakes Radio Group, Geneva, N.Y.
- Script Pipeline into Pictures, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Rogue River Press, Rogue River, Oreg.
- LiquidFIRE Productions, San Francisco, Calif.
- Writers and Books, Rochester, N.Y.
Wells also has an affiliated program with the Salt Institute for Documentary Field Studies in Maine, where participants learn to research, edit, and create nonfiction documentary
journalism. Additionally, cross-registration agreements with nearby Cornell University
and Ithaca College offer the opportunity to take advantage of facilities, equipment,
and hands-on filmmaking courses at those institutions for Wells credit.
Explore your interests and make projects with your classmates through Wells' vibrant campus activities. Below are just a few clubs that might match your interests:
- Film Production Club
- Community Service and Activism Board
- Chronicle (literary publication)
- Sycamore (magazine)
- Political Activism at Wells
Wells' Film and Media Studies Major is coordinated by Associate Professor of English Linda Lohn, who teaches courses including Screenwriting; Reading Popular Film; Gender, Power, Literature, Film; and Writing for the Mass Media. She regularly works directly with students, helping them explore their interests and succeed as film and media scholars.
Students also take courses with our skilled faculty in psychology, philosophy, economics, history, chemistry, and more.