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Film Studies

Students may complete a minor in film studies.


Jennifer Horne, Visiting Assistant Professor and Acting Coordinator
Meta Mazaj, Lecturer

Steering Committee

Timothy Harte, Department of Russian
Jonathan Kahana, Department of English
Homay King, Department of History of Art
Imke Meyer, Department of German
Katherine Rowe, Department of English
Lisa Saltzman, Department of History of Art
Michael Tratner, Department of English
Sharon Ullman, Department of History

Film studies is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry bringing a range of analytical methods to bear upon films, film audiences and the social and industrial contexts of film production, promotion and consumption. The courses that comprise the film studies minor reflect the diversity of approaches in the academic study of cinema. The minor is anchored by core courses in formal analysis, history and theory. Elective courses in particular film styles, directors, national cinemas, genres, areas of theory and criticism, and issues in film culture add both breadth and depth to this program of study.

Currently, film studies is a Bryn Mawr College minor: students must take a majority of courses on the Bryn Mawr campus. Minors are, however, encouraged to consider courses offered in the Tri-College consortium and at the University of Pennsylvania. Students should consult the coordinator of film studies before they declare the film studies minor to ensure that their course selections will be approved.

Minor Requirements

In consultation with the coordinator, students design a program of study that includes a range of film genres, styles, national cinemas, eras and disciplinary and methodological approaches. The minor consists of a total of six courses and must include the following:

  1. One introductory course in the formal analysis of film (e.g., ENGL/HART 205 Introduction to Film; ENGL/HART 299 Introduction to Narrative Cinema)
  2. One course in film history or an area of film history (e.g., ENGL/HART 238 Silent Film; RUSS 110 Soviet and East European Cinema of the 1960s:War, Politics and Gender)
  3. One course in film theory or an area of film theory (e.g., ENGL/HART 306 Film Theory; ENGL/HART 349 Theories of Authorship in Cinema; ENGL/HART 327 Feminist Film Theory and Practice)
  4. Three electives.

At least one of the six courses must be at the 300 level. Courses that fall into two or more of the above categories may fulfill the requirement of the student’s choosing, but may not fulfill more than one requirement simultaneously. Final approval is at the discretion of the coordinator of the Film Studies Program.

Film studies courses currently offered at Bryn Mawr include:

ARTW B266 Screenwriting I
ENGL/HART B205 Introduction to Film Studies
ENGL B238 Silent Cinema: International Film to 1930
ENGL B291 Documentary Film and Media
ENGL B306 Film Theory
ENGL B317 Exhibition and Inhibition: Movies, Pleasure and Social Control
ENGL/HART B329 Screen Melodrama
GERM/COML B245 Sexualities and Gender in 20th-Century German Literature and Film
GERM B321/CITY B319 Berlin in the 1920s
HART B327 Feminist Film Theory and Practice
HART B349 Theories of Authorship in the Cinema: Alfred Hitchcock
RUSS B252 Soviet Cinema: The Masterpieces of Russian and Soviet Cinema

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