Film, TV, and Media Studies

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Film, Television, and Media Studies provides students the opportunity to understand the many ways that media has been used as a means of personal expression as well as a tool for understanding the world. 

FTVS provides students with the historical and theoretical foundations necessary to understand the debates, issues and concerns that underpin the discipline while providing them with the tools to critically examine the ways their own perceptions have been shaped and influenced by media texts. 

In order to encourage students to understand the current, transformed global environment, our courses invite them to reflect upon how visual texts circulate in transnational and transmedia contexts. Through the film/media texts we screen, class discussions, and assigned readings, we aim to deepen students’ understanding of various cultures, national histories, and religious viewpoints. 

We believe in imparting a global perspective.  

Majors will be required to complete FTVS foundational courses; courses that provide them with an understanding of national, regional and global contexts as well as electives.

Students will be encouraged to participate in LMU's Study Abroad programs and to take elective courses that emphasize the creative arts so that they are more able to integrate the critical and the creative. Suggested creative arts courses include SCWR, PROD, RECA and ANIM courses open to non-majors; creative writing courses offered by the English department; and Art, Music, Theater and Dance courses offered to non-majors.

We also encourage our students to complete a minor in an area that complements their FTVS major courses. Recommended minor options include: English, Theater Arts, Political Science, Psychology, History, Environmental Studies, Philosophy, Theology, Asian Pacific Studies, Modern Languages, African American Studies, Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Classics & Archaeology.

FTVS majors who are interested in furthering their creative practice will be encouraged to complete a minor in Animation, Screenwriting or Documentary production.