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Film Studies

Monika Siebert, Coordinator (English)
Professor Kathrin Bower (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures), 
Associate Professors Jessica Chan (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures), Abigail Cheever (English), Erika Damer (Classical Studies), Jeremy Drummond (Visual Media and Arts Practice & Art History), Peter Lurie (English), Jeffrey Riehl (Music), Monika Siebert (English), and Maja White (Theatre and Dance)
Assistant Professor Sonja Bertucci (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) 

The film studies major is designed to furnish an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the study of cinema, providing work in film history, theory, aesthetics, and production and considering U.S., international, indigenous and ethnic films. Students choose among courses offered in a number of different departments and programs to explore how individual movies, particular genres and stylistic movements, groundbreaking directors, and different regional, ethnic, and national film traditions reflect and influence the worlds of which they are a part. In so doing, students develop crucial skills in critical thinking, visual and textual analysis, and written and verbal communication that are vital for success in the majority of today's careers.

The major consists of ten courses. Three core courses are required: the introduction to film studies, the introduction to film production, and a capstone research seminar to be taken in the junior or senior year. The remaining courses are electives offered by departments such as art and art history, classical studies, English, journalism, Latin American and Iberian studies, languages, literatures, and cultures, and music. These courses have been divided into three groups (A, B, and C); students choose two courses each from groups A and B. This range of courses provides students with the opportunity to construct a program of study that is targeted to their particular interests.

New courses are continually being developed, so check the film studies web site and BannerWeb for the most up to date schedule of recent and upcoming courses.