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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.

Films with a Social Conscience

Watch and examine eight important films that illuminate injustices in different cultures and communities. 

2022 Spring
1 section

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.

2022 Spring
1 section

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.

2022 Spring
2 sections

Through a Foreign Lens: Spaghetti Westerns and Their Legacy

Explore the history and influence of Italian filmmakers and the Spaghetti Western on American film 

2022 Spring
1 section


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

2022 Spring
1 section

Fine-Tune Your French Through Film

Improve your knowledge of French by watching contemporary French language films and TV series and then engaging in lively discussions about them.

2022 Spring
1 section

Spanish: Language and Culture Through Film

Improve your knowledge of Spanish by watching contemporary Spanish language films and then engaging in lively discussions about the stories,...

2022 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.

2022 Spring
1 section

Cerebral Cinema: Films of the Coen Brothers

Explore the Coen Brothers’ films and artistic process.

Hollywood Goes To Washington

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

Martin Scorsese's New York

This course looks not only at the city lives that Scorsese dramatized, but also at the gritty streets that he documented before they disappeared.

Mediterranean Cinema

Explore Mediterranean cultures through various films from the region.

The City on Film

Explore the major cities of the world through the films that depict them.

The West on Film

Explore films that depict the American West, from the classic Western to modern Hollywood movies.

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.