Rationale for the ProgramFilm is both a serious and popular art. Present generations are born into and raised by visual culture. American students have already watched more movies than they have read books. And they will continue to watch even more after they graduate. The overriding goal of the Film Studies Minor, therefore, is to provide our students with ways of increasing their understanding of the medium and enhancing and refining their tastes and appreciation of films. Through exposure to important and original cinema of diverse kind, students in the program will become more informed, articulate, and sensitive film viewers and consumers.
Advantages of a Minor in Film Studies ProgramFilm Studies is one of the fastest growing liberal arts programs at American colleges and universities. Unlike filmmaking, which teaches technical knowledge and practical production skills, Film Studies invites students to look at films aesthetically, historically, and culturally. Because of its unique interdisciplinary nature, a Minor in Film Studies allows students an exceptionally broad understanding of contemporary culture and its international dimensions while developing strong critical skills needed to articulate that understanding. Graduates with a Minor in Film Studies will clearly expand their career options and enhance their marketability. They can find jobs with film companies, film archives, and festivals. They can work in public relations or commercial advertising, for government agencies and non-profit organizations. They can be technical writers, critics, journalists, art managers, or teachers. The possibilities are almost unlimited.
Film Studies Faculty
Film Studies Director:
Dr. Tomasz Warchol, Department of Literature & Philosophy
Ms. Joanna Bastarache, Department of Communication Arts
Dr. Brian Graves, Department of Communications Arts
Dr. Laura Valeri, Writing & Linguistics
Dr. Robert Pirro, Political Science
Dr. Howard Keeley, Literature and Philosophy, Director of Irish Studies Program