Wesleyan's film studies program is consistently ranked as one of the best in the United States. Firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition of integrating history and theory with practice, no other liberal arts film program features such a broad and deep background in analysis and history coupled with sensitivity to film's immediate and direct power over audiences. A minor is also offered.

More than 400 Wesleyan graduates have careers in the film industry, with others finding success in the fields of art, design, and culture. All carry with them the critical skills and love of cinema they developed at Wesleyan.

What You'll Study

  • Film studies is a much sought-after major. Students considering a film studies major should consult with the department chair as soon as possible in order to receive advising regarding the major.
  • Wesleyan's film studies program fosters the critical understanding of cinema and television as art forms, offering students a unified perspective that enables them to think critically about form and the choices that visual storytellers must face.

  • Upon graduation, you'll know how to make a movie, have experience in all forms of film and television writing, understand film history, and be able to offer original solutions to artistic problems.
  • Major requirements include History of World Cinema to the 1960s and The Language of Hollywood: Styles, Storytelling, and Technology; a production course and senior seminar; and a minimum of six film studies electives. Classes typically include lectures, discussions, and several film screenings each week, as well as papers and group presentations.

Minor Requirements

The film studies minor consists of six courses, including The Language of Hollywood: Styles, Storytelling, and Technology and five film studies or cross-listed courses currently recognized as part of the film studies minor.