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    Visual Culture



    FILM 110: Visual Culture in America

    This course explores the history and enduring significance of visual culture in America. Themes will include the role of technology in visual culture, the dawn of modern consumerism, the emergence of film, and the postmodern digital collage of 21st century visual culture. SPRING.


    HISTRY 110: History through Film

    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. SPRING and FALL.


    ARTHIST 203: Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Art

    modern artThis course is designed to allow for a thematic approach to the study of art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Course material will explore the art, artists, and theory related to modern and contemporary art. SPRING and FALL.


    COMM 236: Introduction to Cinema

    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. FALL.


    COMM 249: Great Moments in Cinema

    A survey overview of the history of cinema from its inception to today, covering the technological developments of filmmaking, the historical development of various countries’ film industries, cinema’s aesthetic developments, and the relationship between cinema and society throughout history. SPRING.


    ENGLISH 266: Gender in Film

    Gender in Film 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. We will learn a set of terms and techniques for interpreting film and another set of terms and techniques for analyzing gender and sexuality. FALL.


    COMM 346: Sound and Image

    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. FALL.


    FILM 350: Film Genre

    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. SPRING.


    FILM 352: Literature on Film

    This course examines the complex cultural work of adapting literature to film. Through critical analysis of narrative fiction 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. SPRING.


    FILM 354: Shakespeare on Film

    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). FALL.


    FILM 356: Text and Image

    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). SPRING.


    ENGLISH 376: Screenwriting

    This course provides practical experience in writing scripts for cinema and/or television, with special emphasis on creative, theoretical, and critical processes. SPRING and FALL.


    FILM 485: Film Theory

    Students will study the work of major film theorists and analyze specific films using 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. specific topics will vary. SPRING.


    FILM 498: Independent Study

    A student may wish to substitute an individually designed research or writing project for another course in the Film Studies program. Such a student may plan an independent study course in collaboration with a faculty member. The student and faculty member can propose the independent study using this form: INDEPENDENT STUDY PROPOSAL.



    FILM 272: Critical Writing in Multimedia Contexts

    FILM 483: Cinema Auteurs

    SOCIOLGY 344: Race, Ethnicity and Film


    Individually Designed Major in Film Studies

    Some students have designed their own programs to combine their interests in Film Studies with other programs or to prepare for employment or graduate school in a specific area of Cinema or Media Studies. Students wishing to consider this option should speak to a Film Studies Coordinator. A description of the program can be found here: INDIVIDUALLY DESIGNED MAJOR.


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