UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

College of Letters and Science

Film Studies

Gilberto Blasini, Associate Professor of English, Director

The College of Letters and Science offers a unique major and minor in Film Studies. This interdisciplinary program is founded on a broad, international perspective on film, television, popular culture, and media forms, texts, and global industries.

After completing the required introductory courses in history, formal analysis, and theory, film studies majors and minors explore a variety of advanced topics including world cinema, the internet and media culture, theories of mass culture, film and literature, writing on film and television, classical and contemporary film theory, television criticism and theory, film genres, and other special topic courses to suit their interests and concentrations. In addition to courses stressing cultural, historical, and theoretical approaches, students can take advantage of a range of resources and opportunities to explore and deepen their understanding of contemporary and historically significant film and television, and take part in major festivals and symposia, most recently devoted to contemporary Asian cinema, Latin American and Caribbean film and culture, and global media and technology.

The major in film studies provides students with critical skills and multiple perspectives on historical and contemporary media forms. It promotes the study of film and television in their aesthetic, social, cultural, political, and technological contexts and expands students' understanding of cinema and television as essential elements of our global cultural environment.

Course of Study: Major

A total of 36 credits is required for the major, at least 18 in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above), with at least 15 of them taken in residence at UWM. Students must attain a 2.500 GPA on all UWM credits attempted for the major. In addition, the College requires that students attain a 2.500 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work. Students must complete the requirements specified below.

Core Courses (12 cr)


ArtHist/FilmStd 205

History of Film I: Development of an Art


English/FilmStd 290

Introduction to Film Studies


English/FilmStd 390

Classical Film Criticism and Theory (offered fall semester only)


FilmStd 690 (590)

Seminar in Contemporary Film Theory (satisfies L&S research requirement;
offered spring semester only)


Two courses (6 cr) selected from the following:


ArtHist/English/FilmStd 111 Entertainment Arts: Film, Television, and the Internet

ArtHist/FilmStd 206

History of Film II: Development of an Art


CompLit 233

Literature and Film: (subtitle)


English/FilmStd 286

Writing About Film and Television


English/FilmStd 291

Introduction to Television Studies (if not selected above)


English/FilmStd 293

Literature and Media: (subtitle)


English/FilmStd 294 Game Culture  

English/FilmStd 295

Women and Film


Film 201

Introduction to Experimental Media Arts


Film 202

Current Topics in Media Arts Production: (subtitle)


Film 203

Media Workshop: (subtitle)


Film 220

16mm Filmmaking II


Film 222

Introduction to Digital Filmmaking


FilmStd 212

Intermediate Topics in Film Studies: (subtitle)


FilmStd 299

Ad Hoc: (subtitle)


Italian 229

Italian Cinema


JAMS 260

Contemporary Non-Fiction Media


A maximum of 3 credits in Film Department courses (FILM) may count toward the intermediate-level course requirement.

Advanced-Level (300 and above) Electives (18 cr): Six courses (minimum 18 cr.) from the approved list. At least 6 cr. must be selected from courses focusing on world/global/international cinema, selected from English/FilmStd 316, FilmStd 412, or other appropriate courses approved by the Director. The following is a partial list. Other variable content courses with appropriate subtitles may be approved on a semester-by-semester basis to count toward the major. See the list published in the Schedule of Classes under affiliated Film Studies courses, the Film Studies website, or the program advisor.

ArtHist/FilmStd 305

Film Analysis I: Method and Theory


ArtHist/FilmStd 306

Film Analysis II: Method and Theory


ArtHist/FilmStd 307

Film Directors: (subtitle)


ArtHist/FilmStd 308

Film Styles: (subtitle)


CompLit 360

Seminar in Literature and Cultural Experience: "New Chinese Cinemas" subtitle


CompLit 461

Film-Fiction Interaction: (subtitle)


English/FilmStd 312

Topics in Film Studies: (subtitle)


English/FilmStd 316

World Cinema: (subtitle)


English/FilmStd 320

Studies in Film Authorship: (subtitle)


English/FilmStd 329

Film and Literature


English/FilmStd 330

Film and Drama: (subtitle)


English/FilmStd 380

Media and Society: (subtitle)


English/FilmStd 383

Cinema and Genre: (subtitle)


English/FilmStd 391

Television Criticism and Theory


English/FilmStd 392

Contemporary Film Criticism and Theory: (subtitle)


English/FilmStd 394

Theories of Mass Culture: (subtitle)


English/FilmStd 395

Feminist Film Criticism and Theory: (subtitle)


FilmStd/Jewish 350

Global Jewish Film and Television: (subtitle)


FilmStd 412

Global Cinemas – Cinematic Practices in the Context of Globalization: (subtitle)


FilmStd 489

Upper-Level Internship


FilmStd 499

Ad Hoc: (subtitle)


FilmStd 669

Screening Sexuality: (subtitle)


FilmStd 699

Advanced Independent Study


French 451

Cinema of the French-Speaking World: (subtitle)


German 311

History of German Film: (subtitle)


Italian 629

Major Film Directors: (subtitle)


JAMS 560

History of Mass Media


JAMS 562

Media Studies and Culture


JAMS 620

Global Media Systems


A maximum of 3 credits in JAMS courses may count toward the advanced-level course requirement.  

Honors in the Major

Film Studies majors who have maintained at least a 3.500 GPA in courses for the major, a 3.500 GPA on all advanced (300-level and above) courses in the major, and a 3.000 GPA overall on all UWM courses attempted may apply to the Film Studies undergraduate advisor to graduate with "Honors in the Major."

Course of Study: Minor

The minor in film studies is open to all students in any UWM undergraduate degree program. To complete the minor, students are required to take 18 credits of Film Studies Program approved courses. Nine credits must be taken at the intermediate (200-299) level and must include English/FilmStd 290, Introduction to Film Studies, and either ArtHist/FilmStd 205, History of Film I: Development of an Art or ArtHist/FilmStd 206, History of Film II: Development of an Art. The other intermediate course must be selected from the list above. The remaining credits must be selected from advanced-level (300 and above) courses on the approved electives list. Students must attain a 2.500 GPA in UWM credits attempted for the minor. In addition, the College requires that students attain a 2.500 GPA in all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Additional courses that count toward the major are offered by the following departments in the College of Letters and Science:

Art History


Foreign Languages and Linguistics

French, Italian, and Comparative Literature

Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies

Elective lower division film production courses are offered by the Peck School of the Arts' Film Department.






Gilberto Blasini, Assoc. Prof., PhD, English, Director
University of California, Los Angeles

Gloria Kim, Lect., PhD, English, Assistant Director and Undergraduate Advisor
University of Rochester

Tasha Oren, Assoc. Prof., PhD, English
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Peter Paik, Assoc. Prof., PhD, Comparative Literature
Cornell University

Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece, Asst. Prof., PhD, English
Northwestern University

Tami Williams, Assoc. Prof., PhD, English
University of California, Los Angeles

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