Liberal Arts AA – Cinema Studies Option

Code: AA.LA.CINST

The Cinema Studies option comprises a series of classes within a Liberal Arts context that allows students to learn about how films are made; how significance is created within films; the history of film; and other more specific topics such as American Cinema and Women in Cinema.  The program offers Special Topics courses whose topics change; some that have been offered include Films of the 1970s, Film Noir, and Latin American Cinema.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Interpret films through a variety of aesthetic, cultural, historical, and theoretical frameworks.
  • Use the terminology and analytic approaches specific to film analysis.
  • Articulate thoughts about film in writing and speaking.
  • Watch a film properly, in silence and darkness, without interruption.

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester


Humanities Elective 3
  Communication Elective: Choose COM-100 or COM-102  3

Free Elective*  3
WRT-101English Composition I

3

CIN-140Introduction to Cinema

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Second Semester

  Humanities Elective 3
  Social Science Elective*  3
  Diversity Elective: (Recommended: CIN-160)  3
CIN-170American Cinema

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Third Semester

HIS History Electives 6
  Natural Science Elective  4
  Social Science Elective 3
CIN-150Special Topics in Cinema I

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

  Natural Science Elective  4
MAT/ CIS/ INF Mathematics/ Natural Science/ Technology Elective -
4-credit Mathematics Elective OR (3-credit Mathematics Elective AND 1-credit INF elective INF-102);
4
  Free Elective‡ 3

CIN-250Special Topics in Cinema II

3

Total Credit Hours:14

General Education Requirements

Communication Electives

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

History Electives*

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities Electives**

  General Education Humanities course (but not in History [HIS]).** 3
  General Education Humanities course (but not in History [HIS] & not in the Arts [ART, MUS,THR, CIN)].*** 3

CIN-140Introduction to Cinema

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Social Science Electives*

Two courses (6-9 cr.) to be selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Mathematics* -
4-credit Mathematics Elective OR (3-credit Mathematics Elective AND 1-credit INF elective (INF-102));
4
  Natural Science Electives* 8
Total Credit Hours:12

Diversity Elective

Recommended: CIN-160

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45

Program Requirements

CIN-150Special Topics in Cinema I

3

CIN-170American Cinema

3

CIN-250Special Topics in Cinema II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Free Electives

IST-123 will fulfill 3 credits of Free Electives for students who place into the course.

Recommended: ART-105


Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 60

Specific Program Notes

Students are encouraged to take their courses in semester sequence order.

Please note that required courses may have prerequisites. Click on each course to view details.

*General Education Elective(s)

‡Recommended: IST-123 Success 101.