FNMS introduces students to the theoretical, historical, aesthetic and global 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.
FNMS offers students a major that is 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 is suited to their learning goals, needs and interests.
FNMS is designed in the liberal arts tradition, one which emphasizes intellectual curiosity and engagement, critical thinking, creative expression, the integration of curricular and co-curricular experiences, and thoughtful engagement with a diverse range of views, cultures, traditions and people.