Director: Professor A. Feffer (History); Associate Professor M. Chilcoat (Modern Languages and Literatures)
Faculty: Senior Lecturer and Filmmaker in Residence J. de Sève
Interdisciplinary and inclusive, the Film Studies program raises students’ conscious awareness of film as a prime art and popular form of mass communication, and develops students’ abilities to recognize and navigate the discourse particular to this medium as both consumers and producers. Course offerings span an array of languages, geographies, and time periods, and cover theory, history and critical analysis of films that allow students to train their critical eye on film representations of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, age and ability. Students gain experience analyzing, evaluating, and critiquing film in light of diverse cinematic cultures, traditions, histories, and ideologies. This knowledge both enriches and is enriched by screenwriting and hands-on film production courses. Film Studies minors thus hone soft and hard skills including critical thinking, speaking, writing, and listening; technical production, social awareness, and teamwork which readily transfer to a wide range of professional, creative and academic pathways within and beyond the film industry.