Catalog 2015-2016

Film Studies

Teaching Faculty

Professors Boehm and Miller
Associate Professors Goldberg and McKim (chair)
Assistant Professor Glick


The film studies program provides students the opportunity to study the formal components of cinema (e.g. narrative, cinematography, editing, mise-en-scene, and sound) within aesthetic, ethical, cultural, socio-political, and historical contexts. Within these frameworks, study of film enhances not only students' perceptual sensitivity to the cinematic medium but also their analytical sophistication regarding cinema's changing role in the world. Students can pursue Film Studies at Hendrix either through the Film Studies minor (as listed below) or the English-Film Studies major (as described under the English departmental section of the catalog).

Minor in Film Studies

6 courses distributed as follows:

  • ENGF 269 Introduction to Film Studies
  • 5 additional courses chosen from the following:
              ANTH 250 Visual Anthropology
              ARTH 389 Aesthetics and Contemporary Art
              ENGF 275 Film and the Environment
              ENGF 310 French New Wave
              ENGF 358 African Film
              ENGF 370 Film History
              ENGF 381 Film Theory
              ENGF 382 Non-fiction Film
              ENGF 390 Topics in Film Studies
              ENGF 490 Topics in Film Studies
              ENGL 223 Literary and Cinematic Adaptations
              ENGL 248 The Holocaust in Literature, Theory, and Film
              ENGL 271 Crime Literature and Film
              FILM 210 Screenwriting
              FILM 392 Great Directors
              FILM 399 Independent Study
              HIST 190 History and Film
              MUSI 180 Film Music
              SOCI 255 Gender in Film and Television


  • On occasion, departments throughout the college offer special topics courses that focus primarily on film.  With the approval of the film studies chair, students may count such courses towards a film studies minor. 
  • Students may count up to two independent studies toward the minor.


Program Course Listings

The courses for this program are organized into the following categories:

Film Studies Courses

FILM 210


This course examines the practice of screenwriting. Students will be taught the components of screenwriting, view a variety of films that are thought to contain good examples of writing, and read texts devoted to the construction of story. Throughout the course, students craft a script of their own. Prerequisite: one of the following courses: any ENGF or ENGL 200-level course, AFRI 358, ARTH 392, HIST 190, RELI 315, or TART 290.

one of the following courses: any ENGF or ENGL 200-level course, AFRI 358, ARTH 392, HIST 190, RELI 315, or TART 290.
FILM 392

Great Directors

A study of several important film directors that considers the artistic, conceptual, and ideological merits of their work.

FILM 399

IndSt:Documentary Production

Prerequisite: ENGL 269 or permission.

ENGL 269 or permission.
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