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Film Studies

  • Builds Understanding of Cinematic Storytelling
  • Analyzes and Discusses Films
  • Develops Cultural Aptitude

Whether your goal is to write a screenplay, work in the film industry, or simply explore and enjoy cinematic stories, these courses develop skills essential for analyzing and discussing films. Be transported to diverse cultures and historic periods through films.

This Spring, study from anywhere in the world in the safety and comfort of your home through online or remote instruction.

Global Hotspots Through Foreign Film: Stay-at-Home Edition

Watch powerful foreign films that serve as catalysts for online discussions about present-day issues in the associated geopolitical regions.

2021 Spring
1 section

History and Memory in Contemporary Latin American and European Cinema

Explore groundbreaking contemporary Latin American and European films and the true stories behind them.

2021 Spring
1 section

Let's Go to the Movies: Stay-at-Home Edition

Watch several specially selected films on your own and meet online for a lively discussion about what makes these films exceptional works of art.

2021 Spring
2 sections

The Best Films You Probably Haven't Seen: Special Stay-at-Home Edition

Watch (from home) and discuss (together online) a variety of terrific movies you may have missed but are definitely worth seeing.

2021 Spring
2 sections

The Hitchcock Blondes: Icons and Obsessions

Discover and discuss Hitchcock’s complicated obsession with feminine power and the portrayal of women in his films.

2021 Spring
1 section

Bon Appétit: Food on Page and Screen

Explore the ways authors and filmmakers have used food to explain and interrogate realities of the human experience.

2021 Spring
1 section

American Gothic: Films of the Midwest

Explore films depicting the American Midwest, discussing the movies, directors, history, and themes that distinguish them from other films.

2021 Spring
1 section

The Best Films You Probably Haven't Seen: Special Short Stay-at-Home Edition

This short online film course is specifically modified to accommodate social-distancing movie lovers.

2021 Spring
1 section

Afrofuturism and Black Science Fiction

Explore the genre of afrofuturism through literature, shows, and films including Get Out and Black Panther.

2021 Spring
1 section

American Politics, Hollywood Style

Explore the role of politics and the depictions of politicians on film.

Cinema Paradiso: A Cinematic Journey Through Italy

Explore Italian films from the neorealist movement to contemporary Oscar winners.

Darker Side of Noir: From The Wrong Man to The Killers

Go beyond the private eye and femme fatale and discover six varying kinds of noir films.

Dysfunctional Families on Film

Explore the dynamic of dysfunctional family relationships as inspiration for moviemakers.

Espionage on Film

Explore a variety of espionage films and discuss how each reflects society at the time it was created.

Hollywood's Private Eyes

Explore depictions of the private detective in six hard-boiled films.

Let's Go to the Movies

Examine a wide range of films and engage in lively discussions about what makes each a truly exceptional work of art.

New York on Film

Examine the diverse ways that New York City has been presented on film, from the silent era to the 1970s.

Paris on Screen: City of Light, Love, and Terror

Explore the many ways in which Paris is depicted in films.

The Art of Film: Classic British Cinema

Explore English culture, character, and identity through analysis of classic films.

The Best Films You Probably Haven't Seen

Screen and discuss a variety of terrific movies you may have missed but are definitely worth seeing.

The Life of the Mind: Movies About Writers

In this course, explore the myriad depictions of writers in cinema.

Travel in Film

Reflect on the theme of travel in several contemporary international films.

Two National Cinemas: Poland and Iran

Explore the political, social, and cultural environments of two very different nation states—Iran and Poland—through six movies.

Global Hotspots Through Foreign Film

Watch powerful foreign films that serve as catalysts for post-screening discussions about present-day issues in the associated geopolitical regions.

History of American Television: The Sitcom

Explore the evolution of the American situation comedy and analyze popular sitcoms from different eras.

The American Jewish Experience on Film

Explore films of Jewish history and experience, discussing the movies, directors, and themes, as well as the contextual history and settings.