Richard Gollin, Professor Emeritus of English, founded the film studies program at the University in 1976 with the assistance of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He headed the program until his retirement in 1989. The author of A Viewer's Guide to Film: Art, Artifices, and Issues, Gollin also received recognition for his research and writings on Romantic poetry and the Victorian novel.
The program has since expanded and is now called the Film and Media Studies (FMS) Program. We offer a BA in film and media studies that has two major tracks:
- Film studies with a non-production emphasis
- Media studies with a production emphasis
A minor and several clusters are also available.
The FMS has 18 active faculty members from 7 allied departments:
- Modern languages and cultures
- Art and art history
- Political science
- Eastman School of Music