Goal 1: Film Studies students learn to recognize formal elements; they acquire and apply tools (terminology, methods) to carry out rigorous formal analysis of film.
Goal 2: Film Studies students learn to explain how film has changed over time as an aesthetic form, as an industry, and as a social institution.
Goal 3: Film Studies students construct focused knowledge in one area and reflect on its relation to Film Studies as a field of interdisciplinary inquiries about cinema.
Goal 4: Film Studies students learn to develop general conclusions by synthesizing specific cases and by utilizing film-studies methods.
Goal 5: Film Studies students compose convincing written arguments backed by evidence from films and secondary sources.