Santa Clara University

Cinema Studies Pathway

Facilitators: Ron Hansen, English, and Michael Whalen, Communication

Courses in this Pathway will help students engage in the critical study of film and television history, theory, aesthetics, and production. Students will engage in the interdisciplinary study of national cinemas, international film movements, major and minor filmmakers in various traditions, film and media theory, the economic, legal, and political forces governing the film and television industries, and the relationship between film, television, the arts and culture. Students in this pathway may be asked to analyze and reflect on films or television shows already created or create new films or videos as part of this inquiry. Students may also be asked to compare film and television to other art forms such as novels or plays.

A main goal of the Cinema Studies Pathway is to deepen the knowledge and understanding of how cinema shapes, and is shaped, by the culture it exists in and emerge not only knowledgeable about cinema and television, but also enriched by contact with history, literature, foreign cultures, philosophy, and theology.


Associated Courses

CLAS            75            Classics in Cinema

COMM          30            Introduction to Digital Filmmaking
COMM          31            Introduction to Digital Film Making
*COMM       121A        Diversity and the Media (cross-listed with ETHN 162)
*COMM       130B        Global Screenwriting
*COMM       131B        Short Fiction Production
*COMM       132B        Short Documentary Production
*COMM       133B        Expanded Cinema Production
*COMM       134B        Master Shot/Studio Production
*COMM       135B        Editing and Cinematography - Topics Vary
*COMM       136A        Genre,Auteur & Narrative Strategies
*COMM       137A        American Film/ TV History
*COMM       138A        Television History/Theory - Topics Vary
*COMM       139A        Global Documentary
COMM         171A        The Business of Media
*COMM       187A        Cinema in the Age of Globalization
*COMM       188A        The Fantastic in Film and Literature

ENGL            2A           Imagining History
ENGL            25            Reading Film
*ENGL          79A         Writing & Non-Western Culture
ENGL            107          Life Stories and Film
ENGL            120          Studies in Comparative Cinema
ENGL            121          Studies in American Film
ENGL            122          Film, Gender and Sexuality (cross-listed with WGST 134)
ENGL            122AW    Film, Gender and Sexuality (cross-listed with WGST 134AW)
ENGL            128          Studies in the Literature of the Middle Eastern and Islamic World
*ENGL         173           Screenwriting (cross-listed with THTR 173)
*ENGL         197          Contacts & Clashes: Latin American Cinema (cross-listed with SPAN 149)

Ethnic Studies
ETHN            95           African American Independent Filmmakers
ETHN            96           Race, Class, and Culture Through Film
ETHN           135          African Americans in Postwar Film (cross-listed with HIST 185)
ETHN           160          Documentary Making for Social Justice
*ETHN         162          Diversity and the Media (cross-listed with COMM 121A)

HIST             185          African Americans in Postwar Film (cross-listed with ETHN 135)

Modern Languages and Literatures
*FREN          173          Immigration, Race, & Identity in Contemporary France
FREN            174          French & Francophone Novels and Films: Culture, Gender, and Social Classes
SPAN            149          Contacts and Clashes: Latin American Cinema (cross-listed with ENGL 197)

MUSC           119          Music, Technology & Society

PHIL             151           Philosophy: Topics in Literature and Film

Religious Studies
*RSOC          67            Film & Judaism
*RSOC          87            Buddhism in Film
*RSOC         110           Film and Religion
*RSOC         121           Representing Religion in World Cinema
*SCTR          33            New Testament Narratives of Cinema
*SCTR          139          Bible in Contemporary Fiction & Film

Theater and Dance
THTR            122          Acting Styles II: Acting for the Camera
*THTR          173          Screenwriting (cross-listed with ENGL 173)

Women's Studies
WGST           134          Film, Gender and Sexuality (cross-listed with ENGL 122)
WGST           134AW    Film, Gender and Sexuality (cross-listed with ENGL 122AW)

* Indicates Course Has Prerequisites