2009-2010 Film Studies (FILM)
Program Goals | Academic Minor | Course Descriptions
Faculty: Richard Badenhausen, Sean Desilets (Chair), Peter Goldman, Jeff Nichols, Mark Rubinfeld, Colleen Sandor, Gretchen Siegler
- 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.
||FILM 110 Introduction to Film History and Aesthetics
FILM 210 World Cinema
FILM 310 Film Theory
||Choose twelve credit hours of FILM special topics courses or
related electives, as approved by program chair, such as:
FILM 210 History of American Cinema (4)
FILM 300 Special Topics (1-4)
SOC 320 Sociology of Popular Culture (4)
|TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR