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Current Course Offerings

The courses are listed in alphabetical order by the departments which offer courses that count for Cinema Studies credit.  We hope this organization will make it easier for those contemplating a double major or a major and minor in Cinema Studies and one of the allied departments.  Although the Journalism and Electronic Media courses are not officially cross-listed with Cinema Studies, the courses listed are approved for Cinema Studies credit.

  • CNST/ARTC 235 Introduction to Cinematography as Art (3) 
    Development of basic concepts and techniques for the creation of film at an art form. 
  • CNST/ARTC 236 Introduction to Video Art (3) 
    Development of basic concepts and techniques for the creation of video works as an art form
  • CNST/ARTH 433 History of Film and Modern Art (3) 
    Study of the development and interaction between the cinematic and visual arts within the context of modern art history.
  • CNST/ARTC 434 Sound Art (3)
    Advanced study and development of concepts and techniques for the creation of sound art with a focus on multidisciplinary forms.  Prereq: 234 or permission of department.
  • CNST/ARTC 435 Narrative Cinema (4) 
    Development of concepts and techniques for the creation of narrative films with an emphasis on individual projects.
  • CN/ST/ARTC 436 Video as Art (3) 
    Continued development of concepts and techniques for the creation of video works as an art form with an emphasis on individual projects. Prereq: 236 or permission of department.
  • CNST 400 Special Topic (3) 
    May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours. Recent offerings have included American Independent Film, American Film and the 1990s, Action Film, and American Film Genres.
  • CNST 491 Foreign Study (1-15)
  • CNST 492 Off-Campus Study (1-15)
  • CNST 493 Independent Study (1-15)
  • CNST/ENGLISH 281 Introduction to Film Studies (3) 
    Selected narrative films from world cinema. Critical techniques necessary for understanding and analysis of narrative cinema. Basic elements of film expression and contours of film history. Consideration of other forms, such as animations and documentaries.
  • CNST/ENGLISH 334 Film and American Culture (3) 
    American films as both works of art and social documents. Relationship between the medium of film and American culture in the 20th century. Writing-emphasis course.
  • CNST/ENGLISH 365 Writing the Screenplay (3) 
    Introduction to writing screenplays. 
  • CNST 510 Special Topics (3) 
    This option allows graduate students to get graduate credit by taking 400-level Cinema Studies courses with the consent of the instructor and doing additional work.  May be repeated. Maximum 6 hrs.
  • CNST/ENGLISH 489 Topics in Film (3) 
    Content varies. Particular directors, film genres, national cinema movements, relationship of film to literature, or other topics. May be repeated once with consent of instructor.
  • CNST/HIST 366 Hollywood and the 20th Century (3)
    Social and cultural history of moving pictures as technology, art, and business. Highlights the role of film in shaping twentieth-century America. Writing emphasis course. 
  • CNST/HIST 495  Modern China in Film  (3)
    Changing conceptions of gender, class, race, identity, and the nation in modern China as seen through film. Writing-emphasis course.
  • JREM 336 Intermediate Video Production (3) 
    Emphasis on concepts related to message design, development, field acquisition, writing, digital photography, producing and directing video productions.  Students are introduced to non-linear digital editing.  As part of the class, students provide production support for on-going programs produced for digital cable television channel. Prerequisite: JEM 236 (Foundations of Video Production or permission of instructor) 
  • JREM 436 Advanced Video Production (3)
    Students are actively involved in the program development process, including conceiving, writing, and producing original video productions, as well as maintenance of existing shows airing weekly on the university's digital cable channel. Advanced
    post-production techniques, including non-linear digital editing.
  • JREM 470 Cable, Internet, and other Content Delivery Systems (3)
    Media outlets are increasingly embracing multiple "media", or platforms, for delivering their content to audiences. The course focuses on the operations, management, and economics of content delivery systems from cable, DBS and various Internet applications, to emerging platforms such as mobile, and cloud-based individual content lockers.  
  • JREM 480 Media Programming and Audience Research (3)
    In an increasingly competitive, multiplatform, media environment, media outlets of all types need to find ways to attract the audiences they want and need for their continued success. Doing this effectively requires identifying the audience(s) various media want to reach, understanding their preferences and uses of media and content, determining content offerings, and gauging the effectiveness of programming efforts. An integral part of the course is audience research including ratings and applications for media companies.
  • CNST/MFLL 315 Asian Film (3) 
    An examination of Asian national cinemas in historical and cultural contexts.  Taught in English.  Writing emphasis course. 
  • CNST/MFLL 323 German Film (3) 
    A study of the German cinema from the earliest days to the present. Writing-emphasis course.
  • CNST/MFLL 326 Brazilian Cinema (3)
    A study of Brazilian cinema in light of political, cultural and social contexts. Films and documentaries are shown in Portuguese with English subtitles. Topics may vary. Writing-emphasis course. (same as Cinema studies 326; Latin American Studies 326)
  • CNST/MFLL 325 Russian Film (3) 
    A study of the Russian cinema from the earliest days to the present.  Writing emphasis course.
  • CNST/MFLL 420 French Cinema (3) 
    The French cinema from its earliest days through the New Wave directors. May be applied toward the French major. Writing-emphasis course.
  • CNST/MFLL 422 Topics in Italian Cinema (3)
    Examination of Italian cinema from 1930 to the present focusing on feature films, documentaries and, depending on the topic of the course, on literary works in light of political, cultural, and social contexts. Films are shown in Italian with English subtitles. Writing-emphasis course (same as Cinema Studies 422)
  • CNST/MFLL 434 Hispanic Culture Through Film (3)
    Analysis of selected films on subjects concerning life, culture, and artistic traditions in the Hispanic world; exploration of ideological, philosophical, social, and political implications of films and a comparison of them with treatments of related subjects
    in other types of artistic production. Taught in Spanish. Writing emphasis course.
  • CNST/MFLL 465 Latin American Film and Culture (3) 
    Explores Latin American and Latino/a films and videos from 1900s to present as works of art and in light of political, cultural, and social contexts. Taught in English. Writing emphasis course. 
  • CNST/GS/MFLL 482 Special Topics in Global Cinema (3)
    Content varies. Focus from global perspectives on directors, stars, film genres, national and regional cinema movements or other topics. Taught in English. Writing-emphasis course. Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours. (Same as CS 482 and GS 482.)
  • CNST/POLITICAL SCIENCE 312 Popular Culture and American Politics (3) 
    Popular culture related to American politics and government focusing on the role of film, television, fiction, music, drama, art, and sports. Writing-emphasis course.
  • CNST/WOMEN'S STUDIES 469 Sexuality and Cinema (3) 
    Explores issues surrounding sexuality, gender, and cinema from points of view of feminist film criticism. Writing emphasis course.

Other Classes

On occasion special topics courses that focus primarily on film in such departments as history, sociology, or anthropology may also be counted toward the Cinema Studies major or minor.  Since these courses are offered irregularly, check the timetable for departmental listings of such courses. If you have a question about whether a course will count toward the Cinema Studies major or minor, please contact Chuck Maland . Dr. Maland also handles petitions relating to the minor and has advising materials for those interested in pursuing a Cinema Studies major or minor.


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