Film studies is the historical and critical analysis of the cinema that aims to reveal who we are, what we fear, and what we hope to become as individuals, communities, and nations. 

Students who take film studies courses will develop an appreciation of the aesthetic, rhetorical, narrative, and ideological components of the cinema. At a time in which the definition of “film” is shifting, film studies courses teach students how to analyze the effects of technology on art and storytelling.