Film functions as a unique art form, a social barometer, a cultural artifact, an historical record, a political argument, an agent of change, and a good time. It’s complex in construction and function, and yet directly powerful in its effect. Because film is multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary, the Film Minor invites students from all and any majors to join in the study—and production—of film in the English department.
Because the reach of film is so wide, the film minor thrives as a community when students come from varied perspectives and fields of study. To study film is to study image, sound, motion, and time in a way that can encompass all of the above perspectives and many more. Its capacity for complexity is as great as its capacity for lucidity. Why study film? Film is often considered the only new art form produced in the 20th Century. The 21st Century has witnessed the explosion of moving images into nearly every sphere of contemporary life, and advances in technology have made film/video/audio technology widely and easily available. The question is not why study film, but why not?
Dr. Jason MauroAssociate Professor of English & Film
Dr. Nicholas de VilliersAssociate Professor of English & Film
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