The Film Studies major has been designed by faculty across the College of Arts and Humanities to enable students to explore what is arguably the most influential global art form of the twentieth century in its aesthetic, cultural, economic, historical, and technological dimensions. This 39-credit major is based on a critical, textual approach to film, emphasizing scholarly viewing, interpreting, and writing about moving images. It provides students with a solid background in theoretical, critical, and aesthetic aspects of the study of film, including the history of the medium and the analysis of national cinemas throughout the world, always keeping in view questions of how new media have changed both cinema itself and the study of cinema. As an art form that has been international in nature and global in reach from its inception, cinema challenges students to think globally and understand the systems of transnational exchange that have characterized this medium. The Film Studies major brings together courses in cinema from varied nations, languages, and cultures.
The Film Studies major has four parts: a prerequisite course in Film Form (ENGL/FILM 245), a two-course Film History and Theory Foundation (ENGL/FILM 301 and 302), a six-course Film Criticism Core, and four Film Electives. The first two parts of the program assure that students have the necessary analytical tools and historical background to interpret diverse global cinematic traditions. The Film Criticism Core and Film Electives offer students the opportunity to explore genres, themes, and movements across different historical periods and to develop their skills in analysis, writing, and research. More information about the requirements for the major may be found on the Requirements page.