Film Studies

Learning goals:

  • Film students understand films as works of art.
  • Film students understand the relationship between films and their audiences and cultures.
  • Film students possess a vocabulary to describe and evaluate films.
  • Film students explore otherness through films.

Minor in Film Studies. The minor in film studies is an interdisciplinary program using courses in several departments and coordinated by the Film Institute. It provides students with a broad introduction to motion pictures as an art and cultural phenomenon. Students minoring in film studies complete, with grades of C- or better, 20 semester hours from the following: FILM-150, FILM-180, FILM-210, FILM-220, FILM-230, FILM-240, FILM-300, COMM-282 or COMM-382. Independent Studies and COMM-502 Individual Investigation are also available for credit toward the film studies minor, with Film Institute and instructor approval.

Double-counting restriction for interdisciplinary minors: only 4 semester hours of this minor may be double-counted toward the student's major.

FILM-150 Introduction to Film

An interdisciplinary study of film as an art and cultural phenomenon. Stresses the history, aesthetics and social implications of film rather than movie-making techniques. Studies commercial cinema in connection with traditional humanistic disciplines such as literature, history and philosophy. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression.

FILM-180 Film and Human Values

Focuses on religious, ethical, aesthetic and epistemological values as exemplified in selected films. Examines such issues as peace and war, personal ethics, civil disobedience, deception, truth, beauty, and the sordid. Emphasizes the nature of the ethical choices and value systems and the extent to which these are adequately represented or oversimplified and distorted by films. 4 SH.

FILM-210 Film and Literature

A study of films based upon literary works and their cinematic adaptations. Stresses an understanding of the relative criteria of artistic form for film and literature and problems of translating the written word into visual images, techniques of narration and questions of verisimilitude. 4 SH.

FILM-220 International Film

An interdisciplinary study of outstanding foreign films as works of art and cultural artifacts. Stresses film theories and criticism, as well as the appreciation of foreign films as creative exemplifications of national mores and culture. Includes particular attention to the work of distinguished directors such as Eisenstein, Lang, Renoir, Bunuel, Fellini, Kurosawa and Bergman. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression.

FILM-230 American Film and Culture

An interdisciplinary study of American film as an art, industry and cultural phenomenon. Stresses the history and aesthetics of American cinema, as well as the interaction between the American film industry and major events in U.S. history from 1895 to present. 4 SH.

FILM-240 Female Action Heroines in Film

This course examines the emergence and development of the female action heroine in film over the course of the last 50 years within the popular "action film" genre. This course critically evaluates visual and thematic markers of femininity, masculinity, sexuality, race and class with respect to representations of female action heroines in a variety of films. Same as WMST-240. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression, Diversity Intensive.

FILM-300 Film Seminar

Intensive study of advanced or specialized areas in film and its relation to the humanities and fine arts. Subjects vary and may include Imagination and the Artist, Film Theory and Criticism, studies in national cinema, individual artists, and film-based study of historical phenomenon. May be repeated with permission of the Film Institute coordinator. 4 SH.

Film Production

The Department of Communications offers the following film-related production courses: COMM-282 Fundamentals of Digital Video Production and COMM-382 Intermediate Digital Multimedia Production.

Kate Hastings, Ph.D.

Department: Communications
Associate Professor of Communications

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4359

Karen DeFrancesco

Department: Communications
Adjunct Faculty in Communications

Gary Heller

Department: Communications
Adjunct Faculty in Communications

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4418

Chad Hershberger

Department: Communications
Adjunct Faculty in Communications