About CTEMS 

The Morehouse College Cinema, Television, & Emerging Media Studies Program (CTEMS) was established in 2012 through an implementation grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation. The overall mission of CTEMS is to provide quality introduction to the intellectual and artistic study of film and television with primary focus on the craft of storytelling as the foundation for impactful creative productivity.

The program prepares students for further study at the graduate school level and/or for professional entry-level careers across visual storytelling industries. The major emphasis is on screenwriting in addition to film analysis (film theory and criticism) and history (domestic and international beginnings and developments) cinematic vocabulary, film production, African American cinema, and Hollywood politics. To declare the CTEMS major, students may submit the CTEMs major application during the designated period each semester. 


"The Chi" Premiere

Showtime and CTEMS hosts an exclusive screening of the season premiere of "The Chi" on the campus of Morehouse College.  The series, set on Chicago‚Äôs South Side, tells a range of overlapping stories about black life. It was created by Emmy-winner Lena Waithe, who is a South Side native herself.  Season 2 has a new showrunner, Ayanna Floyd Davis, who previously lived in Chicago as well; she earned her MFA in film production and screenwriting at Columbia College.


CTEMS & The Morehouse Debate Team

Recently, some of the faculty and students from the Cinema, Television and Emerging Media Studies (CTEMS) Program traveled with the Morehouse College Debate Team to capture behind-the-scenes activities and debate competition. The Morehouse College Debate Team is considered to be one of the jewels in the Morehouse crown, as it has gained national and international recognition over several decades.  Currently, under the direction of Coach Ken Newby, the team competes on various levels and has won numerous titles on both the National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) and British Parliamentary (BP), or Worlds, debate circuits.  In the photo above, CTEMS majors Ronjae Jones and Anthony Raggs capture a coaching session between Mr. Newby and some members of the debate team. 


CTEMS Student Joshua Reed Highlighted in "We Are Men of Morehouse"