2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog

2008-2009 Catalog

Film Studies

Students may complete a minor in Film Studies.


Michael Tratner, English


Hoang Tan Nguyen, Lecturer
Elena Gorfinkel, Visiting Assistant Professor
Stephanie Schwartz, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities

Steering Committee

Timothy Harte, Russian (on leave semesters I and II)
Homay King, History of Art (on leave semesters I and II)
Imke Meyer, German (on leave semester II)
Katherine Rowe, English
Lisa Saltzman, History of Art
Michael Tratner, English
Sharon Ullman, History (on leave semester II)

Film Studies is an interdisciplinary program 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.

Film studies is a Bryn Mawr College minor. Students must take a majority of courses on the Bryn Mawr campus; however, minors are encouraged to consider courses offered in the Tri-College consortium and at the University of Pennsylvania. Students should work with the director of the Film Studies Program to develop a minor workplan when declaring the minor.

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:

ENGL B205 Introduction to Film
ENGL B229 Movies and Mass Politics
ENGL B238/HART B238 History of Cinema 1895-1945
ENGL B239/HART B239 Women and Cinema: Social Agency and Cultural Representation
ENGL B324 Topics in Shakespeare: Shakespeare on Film
ENGL B334/HART B334 Topics in Film Studies: Queer Cinema
ENGL B341/HART B341 Cult Genres: Camp, Kitsch, and Trash Cinema
GERM B262 Foreign Affairs: Travel in Post-War German and Austrian Film
HART B110 Identification in the Cinema
HART B271 History of Photography: The American Century
HART B299/ENGL B299 History of Cinema 1945-present
HART B308 Topics in Photography: Photography and War

Updated August 25, 2008 by Tracy Kellmer