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Film Studies

The minor in film studies is designed for students who wish to extend their critical understanding of visual communication and narrative form by studying how movies tell stories, convey information and influence audiences. Because the program is cross disciplinary, it examines films as both art and entertainment, bringing together the literary traditions of English and the communication perspectives of media arts and design. Together, the aim is to explore cinema’s pictorial “language,” investigate its commercial consequences and evaluate its impact across cultures as a medium for enacting the human story.

Six credit hours may be double-counted between the minor and major. Information is available from the film studies adviser of the School of Media Arts and Design or the Department of English.

Required Course

Credit Hours

ENG/SMAD 380. Introduction to Film

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Select no fewer than five courses from the following:

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ENG 381. History of Film to 1960

 

ENG 382. History of Film Since 1960

 

ENG 383. Film Genre

 

ENG 384. Film Authorship

 

ENG 385. Special Topics in Film Study

 

SMAD 371. Narrative Media Studies

 

SMAD 460. Movies and Society

 

SMAD 461. Movies as Art

 

SMAD 462. Documentary in Film and Television

 

SMAD 463. Film Adaptations

 

SMAD 464. Contemporary American Film

 

SMAD 498. Senior Seminar (when topic is film)

 


 

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