Film and Television Studies Program

Film and television are extraordinarily powerful mediums. Their influence on society is undeniable. The Film and Television Studies program, which is housed within the Department of English and Foreign Languages, is committed to training visual storytellers who will make indelible marks on society in the 21st Century. The interdisciplinary nature of film and television provide opportunities for students to draw upon subjects, for example, such as history, English literature, music, fine art, psychology and architecture, to provide a context for the creation of their visual stories.

The program offers a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Film and Television Studies and a Minor in Film Studies. Courses in screenwriting, television writing, digital filmmaking, film history, film criticism, film festival development and the adaptation of novels to screen, are offered. We also provide master classes with visiting film and television producers, directors, writers, composers and with film and television executives.

Our students also gain real-world experience as production assistants on the set of a regional cable television program, “The View from Hampton U” ( The program airs weekly on COX Television in Hampton Roads, VA, Roanoke, VA and Northern Virginia. Students earn college credit for this professional internship and also appear on the program as student correspondents.

The program also offers summer internships for students across disciplines in the fields of film and television. Students have been placed into internships at companies such as Sander and Moses Productions, Disney, Focus Features, Universal Studios, 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks, Karmaloop Tv, Arise TV, Lightyear Entertainment, Creative Minds in Cannes, Showtime, Arise Television and many more.