Cinema, Television, and Emerging Media Studies


The Cinema, Television, and Emerging Media Studies program uses storytelling as a foundation for the intellectual and artistic study of film and television. Our program emphasizes screenwriting, film analysis, theory, and criticism. It explores the history of national and international cinema, film production, African American cinema, and politics in Hollywood. It is designed to develop critical thinking, effective communication, and global awareness.

The CTEMS curriculum places strong emphasis on screenwriting and students learn film and television history and culture, scriptwriting for film and television cinematic language, film production, film theory and criticism, African American film, classical Hollywood cinema, global cinema, and producing.

CTEMS is a highly selective and competitive intellectual and professional academic program with a limited admissions rate. Morehouse applicants who want to major in CTEMS must apply through a secondary application completed in the fall of sophomore year. 

Transfer students who want to do the same must apply during the fall application period of their last year at their current school. Late, incorrectly submitted, or plagarized applications are not considered. We expect a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher. The quality and relevance of the applicant's original written application and the academic record and program capacity all impact the admission decision.

Freshmen who plan to apply in the sophomore year will have a major designation such as undeclared-CTEMS intended or liberal studies. Applicants taking and passing introductory-level courses (e.g., Introduction to Film, or Introduction to TV) or any CTEMS elective open to multiple majors does not mean that a student is a major. Students may also apply to minor in the program during the fall application period of sophomore year and complete the designated part for the minor on the CTEMS application. The minor requires 18 hours. Minors do not take the screenplay courses, 365 technologies in storytelling courses, or the senior capstone course.


Students who major in CTEMS are expected to gain appreciation of the aesthetic, formal, historical, political, thematic components of film and strong screenwriting skills and upon completion of the program, pursue further study at the graduate level or professional entry into the industry and create compelling stories for the medium. Students thus study how filmmakers utilize mis-en-scène, articulation of the cinematic space, sound, characterization, technology, and other essentials of compelling storytelling within moving media platforms.

The humanities provide context, depth, and perspective in the study of film, television, and new media that are grounded in a fundamental interest in the values and social practices that inform our lives and affect the human condition. The humanities perspective helps to frame questions about imagery and digital technology that helps to raise or develop a broader social or cultural context for incorporating a humanistic approach to the study of film and digital technology.

As a vital part of liberal arts studies in the Division of the Creative and Performing Arts, the CTEMS program offers appropriate reflection on the past and the present to develop students’ critical perspective on how images have historically been used, are presently being used and the ways in which they might be used in the future to make sense of the world we live in. This also serves to augment the Morehouse College focus on internationalization and globalization. Through its interdisciplinary perspective, the program incorporates diverse frameworks and nurtures critical reflection and thoughtful analysis on the part of the film/media producers and their audiences.

All courses in the CTEMS program are designed to support the instructional goals of the College, including developing critical thinking and effective writing and oral communication skills, value awareness, global awareness, computer literacy, and graduate education and professional preparation. They also embody the overall vision of the English Department that “a properly educated Morehouse student, trained through the medium of English, should read, write, speak, listen and reason with above-average skills and should understand and appreciate the ways human beings express themselves and their culture through literature and other arts.” Upon completion of the CTEMS program, students will understand the components of film and the process of shaping compelling narratives by moving from idea to the written page, and ultimately to the screen through the film production project in the last spring semester of the senior year.