The study of film and visual media is a central aspect of our idea of liberal arts as a “useful education.” The six-course film & media studies minor brings together critical analysis and creation of media and is distinguished by its flexibility and diversity. As an interdisciplinary program, we offer students a wide range of courses from numerous disciplines.

In addition to screenwriting and video production, we draw our courses from such departments as English, French, German, history, Italian and Spanish as well as East Asian, Africana and Middle East and women’s, gender & sexuality studies. This program, therefore, studies film cultures throughout virtually the entire world.

While mass media is part of our broad definition, our focus goes deeper than studying the content of media and instead includes a critical inquiry into the technological conditions that shape the content. In that sense, film counts as media and is only separated in our program title, as this reflects the established traditions of scholarly fields. Media courses may include inquiries into social media, television, sound technologies, photography, journalism, video games and other forms of media platforms.

In addition, we regularly encourage our students to spend their junior year in England at the University of East Anglia, which has one of the richest and most highly regarded film studies programs in Europe.

Contact Info

Chair

Alex BatesAssoc Prof East Asian Studies

Staff

Madeline BrownDepartment Coordinator

Phone

717-245-1127

Fax

717-245-1456

Location

Stern 09 Mailing Address

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Student Perspective

“I chose to minor in film because I love and appreciate film as an art, but also because I think that in the modern world, film and television can depict and add to philosophy… The opportunities for cross-discipline study and the incorporation of ideas from other cultures and philosophies is also an excellent aspect of the film & media studies program here at Dickinson.”

—Dylan Chambers '20 (philosophy major)


Film & Media Studies News

New Faculty Book Explores How Hollywood Brings Comics to Screens Around the World

New Faculty Book Explores How Hollywood Brings Comics to Screens Around the World

From 'The Walking Dead' to 'Wonder Woman,' Greg Steirer's 'The American Comic Book Industry and Hollywood' gets to the bottom of a worldwide phenomenon.

Scholarship Stories: Professor of English Wendy Moffat

Scholarship Stories: Professor of English Wendy Moffat

Professor of English Wendy Moffat discusses the inspiration behind the Donald Moffat Scholarship, which she established in memory of her father.

Dickinson College Faculty Selects Professor of Japanese for Distinguished Teaching Award

Dickinson College Faculty Selects Professor of Japanese for Distinguished Teaching Award

Alex Bates, associate professor of Japanese language, literature and film recently received the 2020-21 Distinguished Teaching Award.

Student Snapshot: Allan Farfan Canales ’23

Student Snapshot: Allan Farfan Canales ’23

Allan Farfan Canales ‘23 has written screenplays and short stories and created a mixtape about his first year at Dickinson.

Student Snapshot: Jackie Logsted ’22

Student Snapshot: Jackie Logsted ’22

Jackie Logsted '22's book, co-written with her mom, was released by Penguin Random House on Jan. 5. She also has a quarantine podcast, cohosted with Erin Clarke '22.

Resilience, Creativity, Game Theory: Meet Warner Bros.

Resilience, Creativity, Game Theory: Meet Warner Bros.' Exec and Dickinson College Alumnus David Decker '90

Warner Bros. exec David Decker '90, who led the recent sale of 'Friends' to HBO and USA/NBCU, shares the keys to his success in a competitive industry undergoing profound and rapid-fire change.