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  • Cinema Studies Minor

    A minor in Cinema Studies requires 15 or more semester hours from the following:

    Courses Offered
    • ENGL2510Introduction to Film
      ENGL2510 Introduction to Film - 3 s.h.

      Study of cinema as an artistic endeavor, form of rhetoric, cultural mirror, and purveyor of ideology. Introduces the fundamentals of the discipline, to include vocabulary, concepts of film production, film reception, film analysis, film interpretation, and film criticism. Exploration of the artistic, commercial, entertainment, and ideological relationships between cinema and American culture, along with practice in the film literacy skills needed to qualitatively assess and communicate cinema’s artistic and cultural contributions. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Innovation.

    • ENGL2530Film Topics
      ENGL2530 Film Topics - 3 s.h.

      An introduction to contemporary and historical film topics as they relate to film form and cultural practice. Topics will vary, but may include Politics in Cinema; Resisting Hollywood; Race, Class and Gender in Film; International Film; Representing Nature. May be repeated for credit when topic changes. Goal 2B.

    • ENGL2540Global Eco-Cinema
      ENGL2540 Global Eco-Cinema - 3 s.h.

      A transnational survey of films that deal with environmental issues and, more broadly, with human relationships to the nonhuman world. An examination of the impact of urbanization on rural communities, the mysterious allure of wild and uncultivated landscapes, the threat of climate change to daily life around the world, and the cinematic representation of environmental apocalypse. Explores different genres and styles, including neo-realism, eco-horror, anime, and avant-garde cinema. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL3110Critical Theory
      ENGL3110 Critical Theory - 3 s.h.

      Advanced study of literary, cultural, and moving image theory, and the application to written and filmic texts. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL3480Cultural Studies
      ENGL3480 Cultural Studies - 3 s.h.

      Explores cultural systems of meaning and attendant issues of power, particularly in terms of class, gender, nation, race, nature, and sexuality. Emphasis on commercial and media culture. ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL3530Digital Filmmaking
      ENGL3530 Digital Filmmaking - 3 s.h.

      A hands-on introduction to digital film production and editing. Introduces the technical knowledge need to investigate the creative possibilities of composition, light, motion, color and sound in shooting digital film. Examines the fundamentals of nonlinear editing, including continuity development, logging clips, audio tracks, and transitions. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: ENGL2510 or instructor consent. Goal 2B. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL3550Film Studies
      ENGL3550 Film Studies - 3 s.h.

      A detailed study of significant film practices and themes. Themes will focus on film genres, directors, and historical trends. Topics will vary, but may include, Documentary Film; Independent Film; Queer Cinema; Film Theory; Experimental Film; Kubrick; Hitchcock. May be repeated for credit when topic changes. Prerequisite: ENGL2510 or Instructor Consent. Goal 2B.

    • ENGL3560Race, Space, and Place in American Cinema
      ENGL3560 Race, Space, and Place in American Cinema - 3 s.h.

      An investigation of intersecting representations of race, space, and place in postwar American Cinema and the different ways that films reproduce dominant cultural notions of “racialized space” that contribute to ongoing problems such as segregation, economic inequality, and police brutality. Emphasis on how films can challenge systems of spatialized racism and other forms of oppression and help in the struggles for racial and environmental justice. Additional emphasis on formal qualities of films, such as editing and cinematography, as ways to develop and enrich interpretations of what we see on screen. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace.

    • ENGL3570Documentary Film
      ENGL3570 Documentary Film - 3 s.h.

      Explores the history, economics, and formal qualities of the “documentary tradition” in filmmaking, with a special focus on documentary films that engage issues of sustainability, broadly defined (environmental, social, and economic). Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability.

    ENGL2510Introduction to Film ENGL2530Film Topics ENGL2540Global Eco-Cinema ENGL3110Critical Theory ENGL3480Cultural Studies ENGL3530Digital Filmmaking ENGL3550Film Studies ENGL3560Race, Space, and Place in American Cinema ENGL3570Documentary Film
    Course Descriptions
    ENGL2510 Introduction to Film - 3 s.h.

    Study of cinema as an artistic endeavor, form of rhetoric, cultural mirror, and purveyor of ideology. Introduces the fundamentals of the discipline, to include vocabulary, concepts of film production, film reception, film analysis, film interpretation, and film criticism. Exploration of the artistic, commercial, entertainment, and ideological relationships between cinema and American culture, along with practice in the film literacy skills needed to qualitatively assess and communicate cinema’s artistic and cultural contributions. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Innovation.

    ENGL2530 Film Topics - 3 s.h.

    An introduction to contemporary and historical film topics as they relate to film form and cultural practice. Topics will vary, but may include Politics in Cinema; Resisting Hollywood; Race, Class and Gender in Film; International Film; Representing Nature. May be repeated for credit when topic changes. Goal 2B.

    ENGL2540 Global Eco-Cinema - 3 s.h.

    A transnational survey of films that deal with environmental issues and, more broadly, with human relationships to the nonhuman world. An examination of the impact of urbanization on rural communities, the mysterious allure of wild and uncultivated landscapes, the threat of climate change to daily life around the world, and the cinematic representation of environmental apocalypse. Explores different genres and styles, including neo-realism, eco-horror, anime, and avant-garde cinema. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL3110 Critical Theory - 3 s.h.

    Advanced study of literary, cultural, and moving image theory, and the application to written and filmic texts. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL3480 Cultural Studies - 3 s.h.

    Explores cultural systems of meaning and attendant issues of power, particularly in terms of class, gender, nation, race, nature, and sexuality. Emphasis on commercial and media culture. ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL3530 Digital Filmmaking - 3 s.h.

    A hands-on introduction to digital film production and editing. Introduces the technical knowledge need to investigate the creative possibilities of composition, light, motion, color and sound in shooting digital film. Examines the fundamentals of nonlinear editing, including continuity development, logging clips, audio tracks, and transitions. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: ENGL2510 or instructor consent. Goal 2B. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL3550 Film Studies - 3 s.h.

    A detailed study of significant film practices and themes. Themes will focus on film genres, directors, and historical trends. Topics will vary, but may include, Documentary Film; Independent Film; Queer Cinema; Film Theory; Experimental Film; Kubrick; Hitchcock. May be repeated for credit when topic changes. Prerequisite: ENGL2510 or Instructor Consent. Goal 2B.

    ENGL3560 Race, Space, and Place in American Cinema - 3 s.h.

    An investigation of intersecting representations of race, space, and place in postwar American Cinema and the different ways that films reproduce dominant cultural notions of “racialized space” that contribute to ongoing problems such as segregation, economic inequality, and police brutality. Emphasis on how films can challenge systems of spatialized racism and other forms of oppression and help in the struggles for racial and environmental justice. Additional emphasis on formal qualities of films, such as editing and cinematography, as ways to develop and enrich interpretations of what we see on screen. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace.

    ENGL3570 Documentary Film - 3 s.h.

    Explores the history, economics, and formal qualities of the “documentary tradition” in filmmaking, with a special focus on documentary films that engage issues of sustainability, broadly defined (environmental, social, and economic). Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability.