Film & Media Studies
Indiana University has a long and distinguished history in film studies, pioneering the development of film courses for the humanities in the 1960s and creating one of the first film studies programs. Today, the program is fully integrated into the Department of Communication and Culture under the rubric of Film and Media Studies.
Looking at faculty profiles will provide a more detailed view of areas of strength in media studies, as well as a sense of the larger faculty involved. With this in mind, research and teaching interests in film and media studies include: Advertising and Consumer Culture; African-American Media; Authorship and Genre; Audience and Fan Studies; Avant-Garde and Experimental Media; Book Culture in the Digital Age; Colonial and Postcolonial Studies; Copyright and Intellectual Property; Cultural Studies; Documentary and Propaganda Film; Early Cinema; Film Exhibition; Gender and Queer Studies; Globalization Theory/Transnational Media; Internet Communities; Latino/a Media and Culture; Media Institutions and Industries; National Cinemas; Race Studies; Reception Studies; Television, Film, and New Media Theory, History, and Criticism; and U.S. Cinema, Television, and New Media.
In choosing an emphasis in Film and Media Studies in the department, graduate students may decide to focus on one of the media involved in our curriculum. Or they may decide to explore the interrelationships between media—an important consideration in this age of media convergence and disciplinary shifts toward media studies as an umbrella term that encompasses mediums once studied in isolation from one another. In light of the interdisciplinary nature of our department, students may also wish to study media in relation to one of the other areas of the department. The curriculum and requirements are flexible, so that students can craft a course of study that suits their individual interests
Please refer to the graduate section on Communication and Culture’s home page to see information related to course credit hours, pre-requisites, Ph.D. minors, degree requirements, exams, teaching assistantships, and other similar issues.