Minor in Cinema Studies

Program Overview

The interdisciplinary minor in cinema studies is for students interested in developing a critical understanding of the moving image. Audio-visual media play a dominant role in our culture and in our lives, and this course of study will provide students with the skills to create, understand, and interpret various forms of the moving image. The minor is multidisciplinary in method (drawing on courses from different departments in the university) and multicultural in scope as it seeks to look at media in an international and cross-cultural context. This course of study regards cinema as an art form, as social practice, and as cultural artifact. Courses in the minor cover the history, theory, criticism, and practice of the moving image, with the aim of creating active and critical viewers of films and other audio-visual texts.

The curriculum for cinema studies may include coursework in film history, production, film theory, national cinemas, genre studies, authorship, visual culture, history, philosophy, and aesthetics. All courses in the curriculum are devoted primarily to study or production of the moving image. A rigorous curriculum will be grounded first of all in a basic understanding of production along with cinema history and theory. Students may then elect to focus on production courses, critical studies courses, or a combination of both.


Minor in Cinema Studies (18 credits)

Cinema Studies Requirements
COMM 330 Basic Video Production 3
CINE 201 The Language of Film 3
COMM 220 Introduction to History of Film 3

Production Electives
COMM 427 Television Programming and Production 3
COMM 428 Advanced TV Production 3
COMM 480 Television Documentary Production 3
COMM 495 Special Topics: Scriptwriting 3

Electives in Critical Studies
CINE 201 The Language of Film 3
CINE/COMM 220 Introduction to History of Film 3
CINE/HUM 270 Studies of World Culture Through Cinema 3
CINE/COMM 319 Filmic Narrative 3
CINE 350 Laughter, Blood, and Tears: Studies in Film Genre 3
CINE 365 Nonfiction & Documentary Film 3
CINE/COMM 380 Women and Film 3
CINE/COMM 382 American Cinema 3
CINE/ENG 460 Shakespeare and Film 3
CINE/ENG 465 Global Cinema 3
CINE/ENG 466 American Cinema in the 60s and 70s 3
CINE/ENG 467 Hitchcock 3
CINE 480 Topics in Cinema Studies 3
CINE/ENG 489 Studies in Film Adaptation 3
CINE 490 Cinema Studies: Independent Study 3
COMM 495 Special Topics: Popular Film & Politics 3
HIST 476 African History through Film 3
PES 111 War & Peace through Film 3
HUM 290 German Culture through Film 3

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