FILM STUDIES MINOR
The minor in Film Studies gives an opportunity for students to pursue their interest in film beyond the introductory level, to give them a unique understanding and appreciation for this powerful modern medium for the expression of ideas, art, and culture. The minor consists of one core course and five other film-related courses selected in consultation with the discipline coordinator. This allows for a good deal of flexibility, and students can choose to focus on film theory, film history, or - for several disciplines - on film as a medium for reflection on their major field of study.
The minor, which draws upon the wide range of film-related activities and resources available at Eckerd College, provides a strong complement to several major fields of study in the humanities and the arts and offers an excellent opportunity for majors in the natural and social sciences to complement their focus with studies that emphasize creativity, interpretation and humanistic studies. Film studies courses are offered by faculty across a wide range of disciplines, allowing minors to learn how to interpret and analyze film from a number of perspectives.
The minor requirements are as follows:
- FI 200 Elements of Film
An approved genre or history course:
- AM 319E Environmental Film Colloquium
- AM 310H American Cinema
- FI 224G International Cinema
- CN 302H East meets West: Chinese Cinema
- FR 250 or FR 450 French Cinema
- PL 246H Philosophy and Film
- RU 282G Russian Society through Cinema
- SP 312H Latin American Culture in Film
- other courses or winter term projects as approved by the discipline coordinator in consultation with the student's mentor.
Four other courses from the following categories, for a total of six, including at least two from the first category:
Film history, genre or topics courses (including any courses from the above list that are not used to satisfy the above requirements)
- CN 228G Chinese Martial Arts in Literature and Film
- FI 204A The Horror Film
- FI 306H Theories of Film
- FR 307H Literature and Film in Postwar France
- IT 306H Italian Film and Literature
- LI 329H Literature, Myth, and Cinema
- LI 348H Literature and Film after Auschwitz
- PL 263H Aesthetics
- PL 246H Philosophy and Film
- SP 308H Film and Literature: Spanish Civil War
- SP 310H Literature, Film and Art: Lorca, Bunuel, Dali
- Film Genres/Topics or other courses as approved by the discipline coordinator in consultation with the student's mentor.
Film production courses:
- AR 348 Experimental Film and Video
- CS 170A Videographics
- CW 436 Screenwriting
- IA 170A Introductory Filmmaking
- IA 301 The Documentary
- independent study courses in film production or other courses as approved by the discipline coordinator in consultation with the student's mentor.
FI 200: Elements of Film
View, analyze, and evaluate great cinema. Study film as an artistic form, its history, typology, technology and symbology.
FI 204A: The Horror Film
This course will explore the horror film, including its mythological and literary roots. We will view a wide range of films analyzing specific sub-genres of horror as well as cultural, historical, and psychological angles.
FI 206H: Film Genres
Focus on a traditional genre (such as comedy or the Western) in order to investigate how classification is understood in both film production and reception. May be repeated for credit, with different genres. Prerequisite: FI 200.
FI 224G: International Cinema: The World through Film
Study the diversity of world cinema (including non-traditional American cinema) and expand your own awareness and concern for peoples with different attitudes and background.
FI 306H: Theories of Film
Critical analysis of key texts and relevant films, both historical and contemporary. Topics include the relevance of genre and nationality, film history, film spectatorship, psychoanalysis, feminist film theory, and cognitive film theory. Prerequisite: CM 302A.
FI 331H: Special topics
FI 499: Senior Project