Majoring in English with a Film/Media Studies Concentration

The Concentration in Film/Media Studies applies traditional literary practices of close reading and critical thinking to the realm of film and media. This option allows students to learn about film and media practices through historical study of American and world cinema, theoretical analysis, and creative production.

Students electing the Concentration in Film/Media Studies must take ENGL 130 Introduction to Film/Media Studies plus a minimum of nine additional courses (four in the English core and five in Film/Media Studies) above the 100 level.

English Core (Four courses):

  • ENGL 199 Survey of English and American Literature
  • One 19th-century course
  • One 20th-century course
  • One of the following theory courses (or another theory course approved by adviser): ENGL 198 Ways of Reading or ENGL 300 Seminar in Literary Theory and Criticism

Film/Media Studies Concentration (Five courses):

  • ENGL 337 Film Theory
  • Two of the following courses: ENGL 231 Pre- and Early Cinema; ENGL 232 Film History I; ENGL 233 Film History II; ENGL 234 National Cinemas; ENGL 235 Gender and Film; ENGL 238 Special Topics in Film Studies; ENGL 258 Shakespeare and Film
  • One of the following seminars: ENGL 332 Film and Technology; ENGL 336 Film Genres and Auteurs; ENGL 338 Special Topics in Film/Media Studies; ENGL 339 Film/Video Production; ENGL 358 Seminar in Shakespeare and Film
  • One of the following courses: FREN 255 Introduction to French Cinema (Prerequisite: permission of the instructor); ITAL 250 Italian Cinema (Prerequisite: permission of the instructor); RUSS 225 Russian Cinema: From the Revolution to Repentance (Prerequisite: permission of the instructor); ANTH/EAST 247 Japanese Film as Anthropology; ARTH 227 Introduction to Visual Culture; ARST 234 Digital Photography; ARST 340 Multimedia and Installation Art; EAST 222 Passion/Perversion: Japanese Film; ECON 280 Political Economy of Media and Advertising; HUMN 450 Hybridity, Identity, Postmodernity; RELI 203 Hinduism and Film; THEA 245 Entertainment Technology; THEA 252 Sound Design; UNIV 258 Star Power: Aesthetics of Classic Hollywood; UNIV 275 Post WW II European Cinema.

Students concentrating in film/media studies may fulfill their senior-year Culminating Experience requirement through participation in The English Experience: a Culminating Experience that requires seniors concentrating in film/media studies to attend six appropriate events during one senior semester selected from a list designated by the department as acceptable for the English Experience. Students will submit a 250-word response to their advisers after each event, and advisers will submit a pass/fail grade for this Culminating Experience. Students may petition the department chairperson if they wish to suggest an alternative project as their Culminating Experience.

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