In Film Studies, we view films with critical eyes and ears, and then we work out interpretations in conversation and express them in writing. We study the history and cultural impact of cinema. We become familiar with how films are made and marketed. We learn to use the terms and methods of Film Studies scholars. We consider questions of ethics and social justice through film, and we analyze cinematic visual styles, narrative conventions, and genres.

Dozens of career fields rely on knowledge of digital media and visual narratives—including fields in the Arts, Business, Journalism, Writing, Education, and many more. Do you want to write about moving images, make them, market them, or teach them? If you want to develop your ability to analyze visual language and visual narrative, you may find that a Film Studies major or minor is the right fit for you and your goals.

Of course, you may want to take Film Studies courses out of pure love for the movies, which is just fine by us.


HOW DOES THE FILM STUDIES MAJOR WORK?

Major Map

Download a 2019 Film Studies Major Checklist HERE: MAJOR CHECKLIST


HOW DOES THE FILM STUDIES MINOR WORK?

Minor Map

Download a 2019 Film Studies Minor Checklist HERE: MINOR CHECKLIST


WHAT SKILLS CAN I EXPECT TO LEARN?

  • critically interpret films and clearly express those interpretations orally and in writing
  • demonstrate knowledge of the historical development and cultural impact of film as an art form
  • demonstrate a familiarity with the collaborative processes through which films are constructed
  • employ the specialized vocabularies and methodologies used by Film Studies scholars
  • engage with questions of ethics and social justice through representations of culture on film
  • analyze a range of cinematic visual styles, narrative conventions, and generic trends

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A FILM STUDIES MAJOR OR MINOR?

Here are some careers within which you can use your knowledge of cinema and other visual narrative media, either in the film business directly or in any of hundreds of intersecting and related fields.


Careers


HOW DO I DECLARE THE FILM STUDIES MAJOR OR MINOR?

Talk to your advisor and fill out the form to add or change your major or minor. You can also make an appointment with the Film Studies Coordinator, Donald Jellerson, to sign the form. Feel free to get in touch with us to plan your courses, talk about which courses are available, or discuss what Film Studies can do for you.

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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
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Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

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E-mail: reicherr@uww.edu

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