Film Studies

Film Studies at RWU explores the history, theory, criticism and aesthetics of cinema and the connections that movies have to broader social, cultural and political issues. Through an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes courses in film production, humanities and social sciences, you’ll learn how to use stories to communicate ideas in your career and everyday life.

The Film Studies Minor

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The Film Studies Minor explores cinema and its relationship to broader social, cultural and political issues. The mission of the program is to allow students to explore film as a unique art form and as a medium that influences, and is influenced by, the context in which it is produced. Using an interdisciplinary framework, students within the minor have the opportunity to investigate both the professional aspects of cinematic studies—its evolution and the techniques of the filmmaking process—as well as critical approaches to the field, such as the relationship between cinema and other cultural productions, the international dimensions of the medium, and the power of visual culture in contemporary life. Therefore, the minor introduces students to the major issues in cinema—history, aesthetics, theory, and production—as grounded in the larger cultural and international factors that inform film, other modes of communication, and indeed our everyday lives. The goal is to have students become informed viewers of visual culture, equipped with critical skills that will be useful, not only in media careers, but in other aspects of life as well.


FILM101Introduction to Film Studies 
FILM400Curation and Festival Production 
And any four (4) electives from the following, at least one of which is at 300-level or above, some of which have pre-requisites that must be met outside of the minor.

Production oriented courses:

VARTS361Digital Tools and Methods 
VARTS362Film, Animation and Video 
MUSIC311-314World Cultures Through Music 

Film Studies courses in the Humanities & Social Sciences:

AMST318Movies and Movie-going in America 
COMM380Visual Media in a Cultural Context 
ENG351Shakespeare on Film 
FILM270Documentary Film 
FILM430Advanced Topics in Film Studies 
GER210Actors, Authors and Audiences 
ITAL210Actors, Authors and Audiences 
PHIL181Philosophy of Film 
POLSC309Politics & Film 
WTNG230Rhetoric of Film: Writing about Film