Director: Jon Cowans
The Film Studies minor draws on a range of disciplines to allow students to examine a vital modern form of cultural expression. The 18-credit minor examines film as an art form, a form of entertainment, a business, and a political and social practice, tracing its evolution over time and its variants in different cultures. The minor primarily aims to develop students’ abilities to think critically about a central and highly influential facet of modern life, but it also seeks to help prepare students who are majoring in other fields such as business to work in the entertainment industry. All courses in the minor require and teach writing skills.
Students completing the minor will have learned about the historical evolution of film as an art form and a business in multiple countries; this knowledge should include an awareness of major styles, genres, directors, films, and controversies involving films; and major approaches to censorship used in various times and places, as well as arguments for and against censorship. They should be capable of thinking critically about films, identifying and analyzing many of the techniques they use (directing, casting, editing, etc.) to convey messages and images. Classes will also train students in writing about film, from reviews of individual films to essays of broader scope.
In order to declare the minor, complete a declaration of minor form and submit it for signature to the History Department via email (email@example.com) or in person (323 Conklin Hall). Forms will be submitted to the Office of the Registrar and the minor should be reflected on student records in approximately one week.
Below is a list of courses that qualify. To inquire about a specific course, consult with Professor Cowans.
AFRICAN AMERICAN AND AFRICAN STUDIES
014:255 Race and Gender in American Film
350:205 Fiction into Film
350:363 Special Topics in Film: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock
350:363 Special Topics in Film: Westerners & Gangsters
350:363 Special Topics in Film: Studies in Film Noir
350:364 Special Topics in Film: Migration in Literature & Film
350:364 Special Topics in Film: Film Noir
510:301 Film and History
510:313 Cinema and Society in the 20th Century
510:314 Film and Colonialism
512:312 Trash Cinema and the Cultural Politics of Sleaze
512:313 Visions of the City in American Cinema
512:383 Culture and the Cold War
512:406 Topics in American Popular Cultures, 1890-1945
512:406 Topics in American Popular Cultures since 1945
512:408 Topics Socio-Cultural History: Race & Popular Culture since 1945
28:510:300 (NJIT) Historical Problems of the 20th Century Through Film
810:348 Portuguese Film & Literature
810:349 Brazilian Film & Literature
810:350 Literature & Film of Portuguese-Speaking Africa
940:331 Family and Nation in Modern Spanish Film
940:348 Hispanic Film & Lit Literature
940:379 Literature & Film of the Mexican Revolution
940:417 Seminar: Gabriel García Márquez in Literature and Film
940:418 La Guerra Civil en memoria y historia: cine, arte literatura