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 questions 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

HIS History Elective* 3
MAT Mathematics Elective*†  3-4
WRT-101English Composition I

3

CIN-140/THR-140Introduction to Cinema

3

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Second Semester

  Humanities Elective** 3
MAT/CIS/INF Mathematics/ Computer Science/ Information Technology Elective*† 3-4
  or Free Elective†
  Social Science Elective*  3
  Diversity Elective*  3
CIN-150Special Topics in Cinema I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:18-19

Third Semester

HIS History Elective* 3
  Natural Science Elective*  4
  Social Science Elective* 3
  Social Science Elective 3
CIN-160Women in Cinema

3

-or

CIN-170American Cinema

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

  Natural Science Elective*  4
  Social Science Elective 3
  Humanities Elective*** 3
  Free Elective‡ 2-4
CIN-250Special Topics in Cinema II

3

Total Credit Hours:15-17

General Education Requirements

Communication

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-140/THR-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* 3-4
  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology* 0-3
  Natural Science Electives* 8
Total Credit Hours:12-14

Diversity Elective*

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45-47

Program Requirements

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

CIN-150Special Topics in Cinema I

3

CIN-160Women in Cinema

3

-or

CIN-170American Cinema

3

CIN-250Special Topics in Cinema II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Free Electives‡

Total Credit Hours:2-6

Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 64-66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s)

**General Education Electives in Arts (ART, MUS,THR, and CIN); Literature (LIT); Philosophy & Religion (PHR); or World Languages & Cultures (LAN)

***General Education Electives in Literature (LIT), Philosophy & Religion (PHR), or World Languages & Cultures (LAN)

†If a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 3-credit course, then s/he is required to select a second 3- or 4-credit elective in the second semester in Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology; and if a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 4-credit course, then s/he is required to take a 3-credit Free Elective in the second semester (which may be a second Mathematics elective).

‡Recommended: IST-123 Success 101.