This variable-topics course will introduce students to selected historical themes depicted by popular film. Students will watch and deconstruct popular historical films within the larger context of scholarly analysis of a particular historic period or event. Evaluation will be based on a variety of essay and objective exams. As well, in-class discussion will form a significant basis for evaluation.
This course focuses on understanding and appreciating film as a unique visual communication experience. It includes an introduction to the understanding of film language and different theories of film aesthetics and criticism.
This course is a survey overview of the history of cinema from its inception to today. We will cover the technological developments of filmmaking, the historical development of various countries’ film industries, cinema’s aesthetic developments (that is, the ways in which cinema developed into a story-telling medium and the specific styles of various national cinemas as they developed over time), and the relationship between cinema and society throughout history. A copy of the course syllabus can be found here.
This course combines film studies and gender studies. We will consider films from the Classical Hollywood Cinema era to better understand how such films take up cultural ideals of masculinity and femininity and repackage them for viewers. In order to accomplish this, you will learn a set of terms and techniques for interpreting film and another set of terms and techniques for analyzing gender and sexuality. A copy of the course syllabus can be found here.
This course will explore the ways in which sound design and music have been utilized in conjunction with images in diverse media including films, video games, video art, cartoons, music videos, television, and live performance. A copy of the course syllabus can be found here.
Film Genre examines the conventions, development, and cultural contexts of a rotating selection of film genres, with a focus on the stylistic innovations, recurrent themes, and varying interpretations of representative films and/or filmmakers. You may repeat this course with a change of topic. A copy of the course syllabus can be found here.
This course examines the complex cultural work of adapting literature to film. Through critical analysis of narrative fiction—short stories, novels, plays, graphic novels—and the films they inspire, students will investigate the history, narrative conventions, iconic elements, and cultural significance of literary adaptations to film. You may repeat this course with a change of topic. A copy of the course syllabus can be found here.
In this course, students will study in depth the history, narrative conventions, iconic elements, and cultural significance of Shakespearean films. Coursework will unpack cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays with a focus on the generic (tragedy, comedy, history) and the formal (stage, page, and screen). A copy of the course syllabus can be found here.
This course is a theoretical and practical study of how text and image interact to create “story” in visual communication, focusing especially on sequential art (a.k.a. graphic novels or comics) and interactive fiction (e.g. video games). A copy of the course syllabus can be found here.
This course provides practical experience in writing scripts for cinema and/or television, with special emphasis on creative, theoretical, and critical processes.
This course will serve as the capstone to the Minor. Students will learn how film theory developed, study the work of major film theorists, and analyze specific films using sophisticated theoretical lenses. You can expect to broaden your knowledge of terms and concepts in film analysis, using established theoretical lenses such as feminism, Marxism, queer theory, and psychoanalysis. The specific topics will vary. A copy of the course syllabus can be found here.