Film and media studies
Film and media studies at Wayne State provides students with the tools to analyze and think critically about today's media landscape. Teaching a variety of courses that focus on the visual, historical, theoretical and cultural analyses of media objects, our faculty encourage students to develop the intellectual framework to critically engage with media from a broad range of historical eras and theoretical approaches. Our distinguished faculty includes Steven Shaviro, who teaches courses on music videos, classical Hollywood cinema, melodrama and theory, and Chera Kee, who teaches courses on horror, adaptation, Asian cinema and censorship.
Students may take film and media studies courses as part of the B.A. in English or as part of the film and media studies minor, which includes media studies courses from around the campus. At the graduate level, students may concentrate in film and media studies as part of the English department's M.A. or Ph.D. programs.
Outside of the classroom, students are encouraged to take part in the rich variety of extracurricular activities offered by the film and media studies program. Each year, we host a series of DeRoy Lectures, as well as the Turner Lecture. Our affiliated student groups include Kino Club 313, a film and media studies group that hosts monthly film screenings, a student-led blog and an annual pop-culture conference; the Wayne State Comics Collective, a group dedicated to reading comics and related scholarly work; and the Wayne State Video Game Scholarly Interest Group, a student organization that focuses on studying video games and gaming cultures.