FNMS introduces students to the theoretical, historical, aesthetic, global and technological dimensions of cinema and digital media. Such media inform not only how we understand and value representation, but how we understand and value the ideas, peoples, places and cultures that we see represented. As information and communication technologies comprise an ever more prominent aspect of daily life, their social, psychological, cultural, political, economic and environmental impact becomes increasingly consequential. So too does the need to identify, study and responsibly contribute to that impact.
The Film and New Media Studies major is designed to be at once intellectually cohesive yet highly flexible. Multiple pathways through the major ensure that in addition to developing competencies in core areas, students can, in consultation with their academic advisor, plan a program of study that will help them identify and achieve their goals both while at Wheaton and in their post-graduation pursuits.
Toward this end, students majoring in FNMS take courses that provide them with opportunities to acquire a range of skills and knowledge necessary for life in the 21st century. Building on and expanding the liberal arts tradition, the Film and New Media Studies program emphasizes both the value and importance of:
- intellectual curiosity
- critical inquiry
- creative expression, experimentation and innovation
- digital literacy
- information fluency
- computational thinking
- project-based, hands-on and active learning
- the integration of curricular and co-curricular experiences
- thoughtful engagement with a diverse range of views, cultures, traditions and people