Screen Cultures

Degree Types: PhD

The Screen Cultures Ph.D. Program continues Northwestern's historical leadership in the cultural and critical analysis of film, television, and emerging media by integrating interdisciplinary opportunities both within the School of Communication and across the University. A humanities-based program grounded in critical and cultural theory, cultural history, and media poetics, Screen Cultures conducts and mentors research in the history and critical analysis of media texts, technologies, and cultures.

The program is designed to provide in-depth knowledge of the field of film and media while allowing students to develop and design interdisciplinary research by taking coursework and attending events in other programs across the humanities and social sciences.

Students work with faculty across campus and with internationally known scholars in film and media studies. In addition to core subjects, students can also enroll in media production courses and specialty seminars with topics such as: media and architecture, gender and media, African American cinema, cult cinema, television and media arts, transnational cinema, Middle Eastern cinema, and numerous author and genre courses.

The program is enhanced by our Center for Screen Cultures and quarterly colloquia, which hosts visiting lecturers and campus-wide events.

See Screen Cultures Degree Requirements for specific classes and procedures needed to complete this program.

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