World Film Studies Minor

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World Film Studies

The World Film Studies undergraduate minor is an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural program in the department of World Languages and Cultures that provides coursework in the history, theory, and aesthetics of world cinemas. Upon completion of the World Film Studies minor students will

1) demonstrate solid skills of formal film analysis and knowledge of the essential theoretical concepts of cinema studies;

2) become familiar with prominent film directors, influential cinematic works, and cinematic traditions across the world;

3) gain an understanding of the evolution of cinema as an art form; understand the relations between cinema and other arts;

4) acquire knowledge and understanding of cinema as a mode of cultural expression and communication; develop new perspectives on U.S. culture and cinema through comparison with other world cultures and cinemas.

A student seeking an undergraduate minor in World Film Studies must successfully complete a minimum of 15 credits, which must include W F S 278 Introduction to Global Film or ENGL 237 Survey of Film History and 12 credits selected from the following list of electives. Of these, at least 6 credits must be from courses taught in the department of World Languages and Cultures. The minor must include at least 9 credits that are not used to meet any other department, college or university requirement.

Courses taught in WLC (at least 6 credits)
CHIN 378Chinese Film and Society3
FRNCH 326Studies in French or Francophone Film3
FRNCH 378French and/or Francophone Film Studies in English3
GER 378German Film and Media Studies3-4
RUS 378Russian Film Studies in English3
SPAN 326Studies in Hispanic Art or Film3
SPAN 378Hispanic Film Studies in English3
Courses outside of WLC (up to 6 credits)
ENGL 315Creative Writing: Screenplays3
ENGL 335Studies in Film3
ENGL 450Seminar in Literary Genres3
JL MC 307Digital Video Production3
AM IN 205American Indians in the Movies3

Curricular note: no more than 6 credits of each repeatable course (FRNCH 326 and FRNCH 378) may be applied to the minor. Both WLC 278 and ENG 237 (6 credits max) may count toward the minor.

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Courses primarily for undergraduates:

(Cross-listed with WLC). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.

Introduction to the cinema of non-English speaking regions and cultures of the world through representative subtitled films, lectures, and readings. Topics vary according to faculty interest. Emphasis on selected national cinemas and film as a mode of cultural expression as well as on diverse cultural contexts of cinema.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.