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Film Theory, Film Criticism, and Topics in Film History

Film Studies majors must take at least one of the following courses. (Please check the current schedule of courses for availability in a given semester.)

FILM 220:  Topics in Film History
Introduces students to pivotal eras in cinema history (both U.S. and international) as well as questions of historiography. Courses will engage with historical approaches to film industries, film texts, and/or film audiences. Topics may include courses such as: U.S. Film History 1897-1950; Hollywood Since 1950, Italian Port War Cinema, and 20th Century Germany through Film (ML 197). May be repeated for credit.

FILM 310:  Film Theory
Provides students who already have a background in introductory film studies with a sense of the most important theoretical issues in cinema. Topics may include the following: early film theory; film and (anti-) narrative; auteur theory; genre theory; semiotics; psychoanalysis; ideology and politics; feminist film theory; theories of documentary; postmodernism; "post-colonialism and third cinema"; new media and the digital era. Prerequisites: FILM 100 (ENG 167) or FILM 200 (COMM 237).

COMM 334: Media Criticism
Justification and application of various approaches to critiquing and analyzing media messages. Insight into the ethical burdens, social and moral, of the media and its institutions. Topics may vary. Prerequisite: COMM 233 or permission of instructor.

COMM 337:  International Media
Analysis of structures and content of international media (newspapers, TV, film, and Internet) and the role of culture in globalization, in order to increase understanding of the politics and economics of media systems in specific regions of the world and the societies in which they function. This course aims to explore key developments in information technologies, international relations, the free flow of information, interpretations of free expression and intellectual property, aggregated regional networks, and the influence of Western media and consequent forms of resistance located in historical and cultural perspectives of different genres of media programs including news, entertainment, advertising and PR.

COMM 401: Big Screen, Small Box:  Inside the Film and Television Industries
This course is a critical examination of the film and television industries. Through a variety of sources, including films and TV programs about film and television production, this course analyzes these industries from social, economic, political, and cultural perspectives.  Scholarly and popular press readings cover a number of issues including the creative process, film and television audiences, questions of media ownership and control, movie “magic,” and the nature of stardom.