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Film Studies

Students may complete a minor in Film Studies.


Elena Gorfinkel, Lecturer
Homay King, Assistant Professor and Director

Steering Committee

Timothy Harte, Department of Russian
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 and media production, distribution and exhibition. The courses that comprise the minor in Film Studies 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 and media 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 director of the Program in Film Studies before they declare the minor to ensure that their course selections will be approved.

Minor Requirements

In consultation with the program director, students design a program of study that includes a range of film genres, styles, national cinemas, eras and disciplinary and methodological approaches. Students are strongly encouraged to take at least one course addressing topics in global or non-western cinema. The minor consists of a total of six courses and must include the following:

  1. One introductory course in the formal analysis of film
  2. One course in film history or an area of film history
  3. One course in film theory or an area of film theory
  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. Students should consult with their advisers to determine which courses, if any, may count simultaneously for multiple credentials. Final approval is at the discretion of the program director.

Film studies courses currently offered at Bryn Mawr include:

COML B245/GERM B245 Approaches to German Literature and Culture
COML B306/ENGL B306/HART B306 Film Theory
ENGL B205/HART B205 Introduction to Film
ENGL B239/HART B239 Women and Cinema: Cultural Agency and Cultural Representation
ENGL B278/HART B278 The Short Film
ENGL B294/HART B294 Art and Exploitation: Gender and Sexuality in 1960s American Cinema
ENGL B299/HART B299 History of Narrative Cinema
ENGL B323 Movies, Fascism and Communism
ENGL B337/HART B337 Contemplating Art Cinema : Haneke, Denis and the Dardenne Brothers
ENGL B341/HART B341 Cultural Genres: Camp, Kitsch and Trash Cinema
ENGL B349/HART B349 Theories of Authorship and Film
HART B110 Identification in the Cinema
ITAL B225 Italian Cinema and Literary Adaptation
RUSS B252 Masterpieces of Russian Cinema


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