List of Courses
CIN 203 Film and Literature (3 credits)
This course examines the mutually informing relationship between literature and film. Students will engage in reading, discussion, and written analysis of literature as well as viewing, discussion, and written analysis of film. Particular attention will be paid to transmutation across media to develop a comparative analysis of the art forms that recognizes their distinct formal dimensions as well as the interconnections between their aesthetic, economic, historical, socio-political, cultural, and technological contexts. Prerequisite: ENG 104.
CIN 204 Global Cinema (3 credits)
This course examines global cinema as an artistic, political, and cultural phenomenon. Students will engage in viewing, discussion, and written analysis of global films from a variety of historical, national, and socio-political contexts, both historically and comparatively, paying particular attention to the development of film language, aesthetics, and technology over time, as well as the formation of national or cultural film styles, genres, and idioms. Prerequisite: ENG 104.
CIN 205 American Cinema (3 credits)
This course examines the American cinema as an artistic, political, and cultural entity that has uniquely influenced film production and reception through its studio system, its development and employment of genres, and its creation of aesthetic and stylistic conventions. Students will engage in viewing, discussion, and written analysis of American film texts, focusing on how these texts relate to the cultural movements and intellectual history of American civilization. Possible contextual focuses for the course could include: American cinema and identity construction, external forces on American life, American landscapes and regions, American genres, or other emerging topics in the field. Prerequisite: ENG 104.
CIN 210 The Short Narrative Film (3 credits)
From early "one-reelers" to current offerings on dedicated websites, international festivals, and film schools, this course studies the history, form, and purpose of classical and contemporary short films. Students will view, discuss, and write about the unique aspects of the short, narrative film, with its dazzling array of themes and styles. As these award-winning independent films often feature actors, writers, and directors prominent in commercial films and TV shows, the course provides an opportunity to examine the relationship between 5-25 minute short films and full-length films by the same writers or directors.
CIN 212 Horror and Fantasy Films (3 credits)
A study of the classic myths of horror, with an emphasis on the literary origins of horror tales, and a close study of such significant books as Dracula and Frankenstein, with interpretations of why such terrifying concepts have continuously proven popular the world over, and a study of the way in which Hollywood motion pictures have both extended and distorted the varied tales.