Immaculata University Announces New Film Studies Minor

Immaculata University has initiated a new minor in Film Studies. Housed in the English and Communication Department, the program emphasizes interdisciplinary offerings, which examine film through its history, theory, genre, and criticism.
Dr. Sean C. Flannery, instructor of English and program advisor, is excited about the new minor because it compliments a traditional Liberal Arts education. "Within the tradition of a liberal arts education, a minor in film studies aims to connect film with other forms of humanistic inquiry," states Dr. Flannery. The course offerings extend into many departments including history, psychology, English and communication. Some courses under the minor include Film Theory and Criticism, Film History, The Science Fiction 1950s, Reels of Change: Studying Globalization through Film, Screening History: American History and Film, Psychology through Literature and Film, Film Adaptations of Literature, Ireland and the Irish Diaspora in Film, and Documentary Film.
The Film Studies minor provides students with a background in film history, enhances the student´s ability to write academically and journalistically about film, and provides a theoretical grasp of the power of visual culture in contemporary life. Students who complete the minor will gain a rich understanding of the medium of film and acquire a basic understanding of the technology of the industry. "As cinema assumes a more integral role in modern visual culture, it becomes incumbent on a liberal arts institution to offer a viable touchstone for analysis and interpretation of cinema," notes Dr. Flannery.
Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

y:word: release: Film Studies # 58 (01.21.09)


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