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Film Studies

This interdisciplinary minor takes one of the most influential art forms of the twentieth century and today — film — as its object of study. The field of Film Studies addresses the history, theory, and culture of this art form and asks questions about film texts themselves: modes of production, (including everything from filmmakers’ aesthetic choices to the role of the global economy); historical, national, and cultural contexts; and spectators and audiences. Questions of gender, race, sexuality and nationality, in all of these areas, have been central to Film Studies almost since its inception and continue to shape much of the work in the field. While the program emphasizes film history, criticism and theory, students also have opportunities to explore film/video production.

Requirements: 

24 units

Complete the following course (4 units)

  • FMS 001 Introduction to Film Studies (4 units)
     

Choose no more than two from any one category (20 units)


(A) Problems and Themes in Cinema:  

  • ANT 136 Ethnographic Film (4 units)
  • CLA 102 Film and the Classical World (4 units)
  • DRA 115 Advanced Study of Major Film Makers (4 units)
  • ENL 160 Film as Narrative (4 units)
  • ENL 161A Film History I: Origins to 1945 (4 units)
  • ENL 161B Film History II: 1945 to present (4 units)
  • ENL 162 Film Theory and Criticism (4 units)
  • FMS 124 Topics in U.S. Film History (4 units)
  • FMS 125 Topics in Film Genres (4 units)
  • WMS 162 Feminist Film Theory and Criticism (4 units)


(b) Cinema, Nation and Nationality:  

  • GER 119 From German Fiction to German Film (4 units)
  • GER 142 New German Cinema (4 units)
  • FMS 176A Classic Weimar Cinema (4 units)
  • FMS 176B Postwar German Cinema (4 units)
  • ITA 150 Studies in Italian Cinema (4 units)
  • JPN 106 Japanese Culture Through Film (4 units)
  • RUS 129 Russian Film (4 units)
  • SPA 148 Cinema in the Spanish-Speaking World in Translation (4 units)


(c) Film and Social Identities:  

  • AAS 170 African-American Film and Video (4 units)
  • AAS 171 Black African and Black European Film and Video (4 units)
  • FMS 120 Italian-American Cinema (4 units)
  • JST 120 Cinema and the American Jewish Experience (4 units)
  • WMS 160 Women, ‘Race’ and Sexuality in Postcolonial Cinema (4 units)
  • WMS 164 Topics in Gender and Cinematic Representation (4 units)


(d) Film/Video Production:  

  • ART 117 Advanced Video and Electronic Arts (4 units)
  • ART 150 Theory and Criticism of Electronic Media (4 units)


(e) Popular and Visual Culture:  

  • AMS 130 American Popular Culture (4 units)
  • AMS 139 Feminist Cultural Studies (4 units)
  • ART 150 Theory and Criticism of Electronic Media (4 units)
  • CMN 140 Introduction to Mass Communication (4 units)
  • POL 165 Mass Media and Politics (4 units)
  • TXC 107 Social and Psychological Aspects of Clothing (4 units)
  • WMS 139 Feminist Cultural Studies (4 units)

Total= 24 units

 

Minor Advisors

Ariel Collatz
acollatz@ucdavis.edu
(530) 752-0616

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