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Film Studies adopts a critical, historical, and theoretical approach to the analysis of individual films and to the study of cinema as an institution from the silent era to the contemporary period. Courses analyze film as a medium that employs specific formal strategies that shape meaning; they investigate wider debates about cinema as a cultural form; and they examine industry developments and practices. The textual and social implications of recent changes in film as a digital rather than a photographic medium are also addressed. In addition, a number of courses in the program focus on world cinema and the history, organization, and cultural role of specific national cinemas. Film Studies may be combined with other majors and with production programs and courses.


MAJOR

A major in Film Studies requires the successful completion of ten Film Studies courses, seven of which should be at the 3000 level or above. All students working toward the major will be required to take Communication 3150 (Film Analysis) and Communication 4860 (Film Theory) and one upper-level capstone course. The capstone course should be taken during the last semester of the junior year or either semester of the senior year and should be selected from designated capstone option courses. (Please note that some special topics courses may also be designated as capstone option; students should consult the Schedule of Classes). For capstone credit in Film Studies, students should enroll in FMST 5110 along with the selected capstone course. Electives may be selected from the list below. In the case of topics courses (which are indicated with an asterisk), only film topics will be considered and approval of the Film Studies Director is required. Additional film courses not listed below may be included with approval of the Director.

MINOR

A minor in film studies requires the successful completion of six film studies courses, four of which should be at the 3000 level or above. All students working toward the minor are required to take Communication 3150 (Film Analysis) and Communication 4860 (Film Theory). The four additional film studies electives may be selected from the list below. In the case of topics courses (which are indicated with an asterisk), only film topics will be considered and approval of the Film Studies Director is required. Additional film courses not listed below may be included with approval of the Director.

Required Courses
COMM 3150 - Film Analysis
COMM 4860 - Film Theory

Elective Courses
COMM 1150 - Introduction to Cinema
COMM 2400 - Topics in International Film Movements
COMM 2500 - Film and Society
COMM 3150 - Film Analysis
COMM 3270 – Topics in Authors and Genres
COMM 3550 - Third World Cinema
COMM 3560 – History of Animation
COMM 3600 - Documentary Cinema
COMM 3750 – Digital Cinema
COMM 3800 - Cinema Reception and Cultural Memory
COMM 4150 – Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
COMM 4160 - Contemporary Chinese Cinema
COMM 4170 - U.S. Film History
COMM 4180 - African Cinema
COMM 4190 - Introduction of Latin American Film
COMM 4300 - Cultural Politics and Cinema (capstone option)
COMM 4350 - Gender and the Cinema
COMM 4610 - National Cinemas in Latin America
COMM 4810 - Special Topics in Communication * (capstone option when designated)
COMM 4820 - Special Topics in Communication * (capstone option when designated)
COMM 4840 - Cinema, History, Archive (capstone option)
COMM 4850 - Cinema, Technology, Modernity (capstone option)
COMM 4860 - Film Theory
COMM 5000 - Honors Thesis
COMM 6210 - Seminar in Communication Studies *
COMM 6220 - Seminar in Communication Studies *
ENLS 3640 - Screenwriting
ENLS 4100 - Literature and Film
FMST 5110 - Capstone (in conjunction with capstone course)
FREN 3110 - French Cinema
FREN 4810 - Special Topics *
FREN 4820 - Special Topics *
GERM 3710 - Deviants, Nazis, and Radicals. An Introduction to German Film
ITAL 3300 - Topics in Italian Literature and Cinema *
ITAL 3330 - Italian Literature in Translation *
ITAL 4040 - Topics in 19th- and 20th-Century Italian Literature *
ITAL 4440 - Topics in Italian Literature and Cinema in Translation * (capstone option)
SOCI 2450 - Society through Cinema
SPAN 4170 - Spanish Film
SPAN 4190 - Introd
FREN 4820 - Special Topics *
GERM 3710 - Deviants, Nazis, and Radicals. An Introduction to German Film
ITAL 3300 - Topics in Italian Literature and Cinema *
ITAL 3330 - Italian Literature in Translation *
ITAL 4040 - Topics in 19th- and 20th-Century Italian Literature *
ITAL 4440 - Topics in Italian Literature and Cinema in Translation * (capstone option)
SOCI 2450 - Society through Cinema
SPAN 4170 - Spanish Film
SPAN 4190 - Introduction to Latin American Film
SPAN 4210 - Topics in Latin American Cinema
SPAN 6910 - Special Topics *
SPAN 6920 - Special Topics *
DMPR 2070 – Digital Filmmaking Fundamentals I
DMPR 2080 – Digital Filmmaking Fundamentals II

NOTE: For descriptions of course content see appropriate department listings. For courses followed by an asterisk, film topics only are included.