Cinema Studies Minor:Overview
Cinema Studies is flexible and interdisciplinary, receptive to students from a variety of backgrounds including the humanities, business, engineering, and the sciences. Instructors from various departments and colleges participate in the teaching of this dynamic and rapidly evolving field. Film is the primary medium of study for the minor, but the cinematic practices of video and television may also be included as potential areas of interest. Courses consist of interdisciplinary approaches to the analysis of cinema, covering works from the silent period to the present, from the U.S. and other nations, and from “mainstream” and “alternative” groups. Students learn the art, geography, history, technology, economics, and theory of cinema, while also learning the language for analyzing its forms and practices. The minor allows for organized and meaningful study of the moving photographic image, from a wide range of scholarly interests and approaches which complement the increasingly significant place of cinema in many major disciplines and other programs. Students in this program become keenly aware of themselves as members of a culture of the moving photographic image.