The mission of the film studies program is to foster an understanding of critical, theoretical, and historical approaches to the analysis of individual films and to the study of cinema as an institution. Our faculty are committed to teaching and research on film as a medium or aesthetic practice that uses formal strategies to shape meaning and on theoretical analysis that develops the implications of formal strategies and of cinema more generally. We encourage students to become critical readers of culture by investigating the impact of film on spectators in different historical periods and the influence of new technologies including digital cinema. Our faculty are also committed to teaching and research that investigates film as a cultural form in different historical periods and national contexts. Through an interdisciplinary focus on diverse national cinemas, we help students become global citizens by developing their knowledge of the cultural, historical, and sociopolitical implications of cinema in specific national contexts. In keeping with a liberal arts approach, the program's teaching values are grounded in developing visual literacy, critical reading skills, and intellectual flexibility. These qualities also provide our students with a foundation for life-long learning.