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Film Studies

Professor: Robin Smith

Associate professors: Shaun Huston, Gavin Keulks, Gianna Martella, Mark Perlman, Emily Plec

Assistant professor: Michael Phillips



To engage students in the critical study of moving images, including opportunities for practical experience in film and video making and criticism.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Enhanced awareness of the power of visual media to shape perceptions of the world.
  2. Contextual understandings of moving image arts and media.
  3. Skills to pursue specific interests in film and critically analyze and interpret visual media.

Film Studies minor (25-30 credits)

Core Courses (11)

ANTH 369 Visual Anthropology (4)

ENG 386 Form and Meaning in Film (4)

SP 426 Language of the Mass Media (3)

Theory, tools and methods (6-8)

Choose two:

A 305 Art History: Modernism (4)

A 306 Art History: Modernism (4)

ENG 223  Introduction to Literary Study (4)

GEOG 207 Geography and Film (4)

SOC 460 Feminist Theory (3)

MUS 423 Scoring for Film and Television (3)

MUS 460 Special Topics in Music History (3)

PHL 282 Philosophy of Art (3)

PS 478 Political Fiction and Film (3)

TA 251 Elements of Acting (3)

TA  308 History of Fashion (3)

TA 330 Script Writing (3)

TA 338 History of Architecture and Decor (3)

Focused Study (9-12)

Choose one of the following clusters:


Film in Europe (9-12)

Context courses (6-8)

Choose two:

FR 432 French Culture and Civilization: The Making of Modern France (3)

FR 433 French Culture and Civilization: Contemporary France (3)

GL 341 German Culture and Civilization II (3)

GL 342 German Cultural Studies (3)

GL 412 German Literature II (3)

GL 423 Studies in German Language and Literature (3)

GL 441 20th Century German Drama (3)

HST 437, 438 -or- 439 History of Modern Germany (4)

HST 442 Modern France: 20th Century (4)

HST 443 19th Century Europe (4)

HST 444 20th Century Europe: The Two World Wars (4)

HST 445 20th Century Europe: Postwar Period (4)

Film courses (3)

Choose one:

FR 340 Topics in French Fine Arts: Cinema for French Conversation (3)

GL 310 German Film and Conversation (3)


Film in the Americas (9-12)

Context courses (6-8)

Choose two:

GEOG 435 U.S. and Canadian Geopolitics (4)

HST 351 Mexico and the Caribbean Since Independence (4)

HST 350 South America Since Independence (4)

HST 460 -or- 461 Multicultural America in Historical Perspective (4)

HST 462 American Voices (4)

HST 463 America and the World Wars (4)

HST 464 Cold War America (4)

HST 467 Chicano/a History (4)

HST 469 Canada Since Confederation (4)

HST 476 US West to 1900 (4)

HST 477 US West in the 20th Century (4)

HST 490 20th Century Latin America (4)

SPAN 339 Civilization and Culture of Latin America (3)

SPAN 370 -or- 371 Introduction to Latin American Literature (3)

SPAN 441, 442, or 443 Latin American Literature of the 20th Century (3)

Film Courses (3-4)

Choose one:

GEOG 307 Canadian Identity Through Film (4)

GEOG 420 The West and the American Imagination (4)

GEOG 421 The Changing American West (4)

SOC 407 Latin American Social Issues Through Film (3


Critical Studies (9-12)

Additional course in theory, tools, and methods (3-4)

Approved film studies courses (6-8)


Note: “Approved film studies courses” are those listed here. Additional courses may be submitted for review and approval by advising faculty in film studies. By arrangement and in consultation with film studies faculty, students may also apply credits from FLM 406 special individual studies and FLM 409 practicum toward completion of the minor.




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