Mission and Goals

The Department of Media, Journalism and Film brings together the faculty, staff, and curricula of five distinct but interrelated programs and their associated disciplines and methodologies: comparative media studies, film studies, journalism, media and culture, and strategic communication. Its faculty and staff are united behind the goal of helping students become media-literate and critically engaged citizen-producers. To that end, we integrate the analysis of media’s role in our social world and the creation of high-quality media content. We provide skill-based training within a liberal arts context, blending critical and conceptual learning with practical training in media and news production. Our curricula are based on inquiry, discovery, creativity and practice. We are committed to high-quality teaching, scholarship, and service to enhance students in their personal, civic, and professional roles and to connect faculty and students with constituents both across and outside the university. The department’s governance is designed to help fulfill this mission by recognizing the importance of program autonomy and cross-program coordination and collaboration.