Film Studies

Film Studies

The Film Studies Program in the Department of English at UNL spans multiple disciplines and offers an undergraduate major and minor as well as graduate work. The program aims to present the world of cinema in all its diverse forms—from the classical period to the contemporary moment, from Hollywood cinema to international traditions, and from a variety of historical, aesthetic, and critical approaches. We strive for our students to better understand the histories of cinema, to interpret the myriad films constituting these histories in more complex ways, to make film culture part of their lives as engaged citizens, and even to potentially create films of their own.

In this context, imaginative reasoning is crucial to our pedagogy, as we seek to teach students how to view and think about films not only from one’s own, culturally-situated, perspective but also and especially from the perspective of those who made the films and the cultures that informed them. Doing so requires that we employ empathetic understanding.

By training students in their ability to imagine with empathy why a given film was made, how it might have been viewed by its intended original audience, and what effects it might have had and still has on others whose experiences differ from ours, our Film Studies courses directly contribute to fostering the English Department’s core values of engaging with a broad array of real and imagined communities and thereby, we hope, inspire students to affirm diversity, embrace the need to fight for social justice, and instill a desire for civic engagement.

Getting a Degree in Film Studies

Housed in the Department of English, the program is centered on a core curriculum of four courses in the history of film, film genre, film directors, as well as film theory and criticism. To these core courses are added related courses, particularly those that integrate the study of moving image culture with rhetoric, philosophy, literary criticism, ethnic literature and visual cultures of all types.

Undergraduate Major Requirements

The major requires 30 hours of approved courses, with four courses serving as core courses for the Major: ENGL 213E (Film History); ENGL 219 (Film Genre); ENGL 239 (Film Directors) and ENGL 373 (Film Theory and Criticism). Students must also take ENGL 487 (English Capstone Experience) to complete their course work for the major.

In addition to these required 15 hours of course work, 6 additional hours must be taken from Group A (see below); and 9 hours must be taken from Group B (see below).

Of the 30 hours, 12 hours must be taken at the 300 or 400 level, of which at least 6 hours must be taken at the 400 level. The general education core and electives will be those standard for the College of Arts and Sciences.

In addition, Film Studies majors must also take one of the following minors:

Anthropology: Plan A/18 Hours
Art: Plan A/18 Hours
Art History: Plan A/20 Hours
Classics: Plan A/18 hours
Communication Studies: Plan A/18 Hours
English: Plan A/18 Hours
Ethnic Studies: Plan A/18 Hours
History: Plan A/18 Hours
Philosophy: Plan A/18 Hours
Theatre Arts: Plan A/18 Hours
Women and Gender Studies: Plan A/18 Hours

Other minors may be approved with permission of the English Department advising center.

All students enrolling in courses offered by the Department of Broadcasting must have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA. In addition, students wishing to enroll in Department of Broadcasting courses but who are not majoring in Broadcasting must have the written approval of the instructor. Courses in the Department of Broadcasting taken to meet either the major or minor in film studies cannot be counted toward completion of the major in broadcasting. Other departments may have different policies in this matter; students are advised to check with the departments in question to determine their policy in this area.

Minor Requirements

The minor requires 18 hours, including at least 12 hours from courses listed in Group A. Students are directed to course listings in Group B for additional course offerings in the film studies minor.

All students enrolling in courses offered by the Department of Broadcasting must have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA. In addition, students wishing to enroll in Department of Broadcasting courses but who are not majoring in Broadcasting must have the written approval of the instructor. Courses in the Department of Broadcasting taken to meet either the major or minor in film studies cannot be counted toward completion of the major in broadcasting. Other departments may have different policies in this matter; students are advised to check with the departments in question to determine their policy in this area.

Group A

Broadcasting

BRDC 226. Introduction to Broadcasting (COMM 226) (3 cr)
BRDC 496. Independent Study in Broadcasting (3 cr)

English

ENGL 212. Intro to Lesbian and Gay Literature (3 cr)
ENGL 213E. Intro to Film History (3 cr)
ENGL 219. Film Genre (3 cr)
ENGL 230A. Shakespeare (3 cr)
ENGL 269. Film Periods (3 cr)
ENGL 270. Literary/Critical Theory (3 cr)
ENGL 282. Literature and the Other Arts (3 cr)
ENGL 315B. Women in Popular Culture (3 cr)
ENGL 330A. Shakespeare on Screen (3 cr)
ENGL 349. National Cinemas (3 cr)
ENGL 373. Film Theory and Criticism (3 cr)
ENGL 413/813. Film (3 cr)
ENGL 439/839. Film Directors (3 cr)
ENGL 459/859. Writing for Film (3 cr)
ENGL 487. English Capstone Experience(3 cr)

Music

MUNM 275. Music for Film
MUNM 387. History of American Jazz (3 cr)

Theatre Arts

THEA 112G. Intro to Theatre (3 cr)

Group B

Art and Art History

AHIS 388. Arts of the 20th Century: 1900 - 1945 (MUNM, THEA 388) (3 cr)
AHIS 389. Arts of the 20th Century: 1945 - Present (MUNM, THEA 389) (3 cr)
AHIS 471/871. History of Photography (3 cr)
AHIS 472/872. Photography Since 1960 (3 cr)

Communication Studies

COMM 198. Special Topics in Communication Studies (3 cr)
COMM 211. Intercultural Communication (ETHN 211) (3 cr)
COMM 220. Introduction to Public Discourse (3 cr)
COMM 280. Communication and Popular Culture (3 cr)
COMM 283. Interpersonal Communication (3 cr)
COMM 312. Argumentation (3 cr)
COMM 371. Communication in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3 cr)
COMM 375. Theories of Persuasion (3 cr)
COMM 380. Gender and Communication (3 cr)
COMM 398. Special Topics in Communication Studies (3 cr)
COMM 400. Rhetorical Theory (3 cr)
COMM 452. Communication and Culture (3 cr)
COMM 486. Communicating Organizational Culture and Power (3 cr)
COMM 498. Special Topics in Communication Studies (3 cr)

English

ENGL 245N. Native American Literature (ETHN 245N) (3 cr)
ENGL 275. Introduction to Rhetorical Theory (3 cr)
ENGL 344. Ethnicity in Film (ETHN 344) (3 cr)
ENGL 344B. Black Women Authors (ETHN 344B) (3 cr)
ENGL 345D. Chicana and/or Chicano Literature (ETHN 345D) (3 cr)

ENGL 406/806. Genre (3 cr)
ENGL 445/845. Ethnic Literature (ETHN 445/845) (3 cr)
ENGL 471. Literary Criticism and Theory (3 cr)
ENGL 475. Rhetoric (3 cr)
ENGL 475A. Rhetorical Theory: Rhetoric of Women Writers (3 cr)
ENGL 478. Electronic Texts: Theory and Practice (3 cr)

Philosophy

PHIL 101. Introduction to Philosophy (3 cr)
PHIL 106. Philosophy and Current Issues (3 cr)
PHIL 218. Philosophy of Feminism (WMNS 218) (3 cr)
PHIL 327. Aesthetics (3 cr)