2008-2009 Film Studies (FILM)

Program Goals | Academic Minor | Course Descriptions

Faculty: Doug Wright, Richard Badenhausen, Mark Rubinfeld, Gretchen Siegler, Peter Goldman, Colleen Sandor, Jeff Nichols

Program Goals

  • Students will understand film as a distinct language as well as a combination of languages including images, movements, sounds, and words, recognizing their semantics, syntax, and rhetoric.
  • Students will be prepared to respond to film with active interpretation and analysis, rather than being acted upon passively.
  • Students will understand the way film incorporates other arts and is distinct from them; how it influences other arts and is influenced by them.
  • Students will understand film as an element of culture—how it influences, and is influenced by, the culture in which it is made; how film influences the ways we view ourselves and others in cultural terms such as race, gender, economics, and history; and how film is both an agent and result of social change.
  • Students will understand the uses of film: to document, persuade, entertain, represent, and expand our means of representation and ways of understanding.
  • Students will be able to write detailed film critiques, critically evaluating the use of formal elements, narrative structure, and the place of films in their historical and cultural contexts.

Academic Minor

Requirement Description

Credit Hours


Required Courses


FILM 110 Foundations of Film Literacy
FILM 210 History of American Cinema
FILM 220 History of World Cinema



Elective Courses


Choose twelve credit hours of FILM special topics or related electives such as:

FILM 300C Philosophy in Film (2)
FILM 300D Documentary Film (3)
FILM 300E Film Theory (3)
FILM 300 Narrative and Adaptation (3)
FILM 300 Race and Film (3)
SOC 320 Sociology of Popular Culture (4)