Major in FMST

Film and media are global, cultural phenomena. Every film, photograph, TV program, news report, and advertisement is a product of and statement about the culture in which it was produced. As film and media have come to inform people’s lives the world over, these modes of expression and information have become a significant part of the humanities and social sciences curricula at the College, and the FMST major allows students to make studying media the focus of their liberal arts education. 

The FMST program brings a perspective to studying media that is both interdisciplinary and global. Students collaborate with an advisor to design a focused plan of study comprised of core courses and electives. FMST majors and minors develop their creativity using a variety of new media technologies and practices at the same time they analyze the aesthetics of film, explore the history of moving pictures and television, track developments in global media, and make connections between theory and practice. Relevant disciplinary frameworks include those of American Studies, Art and Art History, English, History, Modern Languages & Literatures, Music, Sociology, and Theater. 

If you've already declared a major in LCST or LCST/Film, your curricula are posted alongside the major information for FMST (look over to the menu bar on the left).  If you have already declared, you have two choices: 1. You can complete your LCST or LCST/Film curriculum and graduate under that program name, or 2. You can consider changing your major  to FMST.  In either case, we urge you to talk with your major advisor or the FMST director.

Requirements for the FMST Major

A total of 36 credits are required, including the core courses listed below:

  • FMST 250 - Introduction to Film and Media Studies (4)
  • FMST 302 - Theories of Film & Media(3)
  • FMST 310 - Topics in Media History(3) or AMST 202: Cinema & the Modernization of U.S. Culture(4)
  • FMST 330 - Topics in Global Media(3)
  • FMST 370 - Topics: Media in Practice(1-3)
  • FMST 401 - Seminar in Film and Media Studies(3-4)

You choose your remaining 16-18 elective credits in consultation with your FMST advisor, selecting either from other FMST courses or from courses in other departments/programs that add significantly to your understanding of the cultural contexts in which media are produced. Details are in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Thinking FMST

You may be saying to yourself, OK, OK.  You keep repeating the word media. So why is film the first word in the name of this program?

Good question.  Three main reasons:

  1. Most (though not all) of us who teach in the program focus our teaching and scholarship on film – especially film used to tell stories that run about 90 minutes to 3 hours in length, i.e., movies. 
  2. Film – or let’s say “motion pictures” – have been a, and possibly the, most influential mass-reproducible and -distributable medium of the last 120 years. 
  3. In their transitions from film to video to digital media (and from the earliest short films to movies to TV to Vines), motion pictures  are a great example of the transformations (and continuities) that characterize media (and human communications) history and form the subject of FMST.