The Film Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary approach to the field of cinema. Film Studies students take courses across a number of departments (including Media Studies, English, Sociology, Comparative Literature, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Art History, Italian, French, Spanish, German, and Russian). Our objective is to explore many facets of cinema as an art: students will become versed in film aesthetics, in the history of film technology and the structures of the industry, in the evolution of major movements in global cinema, in mainstream and alternative filmic traditions, and in the cultural and political impact of film as a form of mass communication. There is a strong emphasis on writing in the program, including both academic (film analysis, research projects) and professional (screenwriting, treatments, film criticism) approaches.
The focus of our program is on film history, theory, and criticism. While we offer a small number of classes with a production component, most of the production courses at Queens are offered through the Media Studies Department, working with digital video formats. We often suggest that students interested in pursuing careers in production combine Film and Media Studies as complementary majors or minors. Please see the FAQs link for more details.
Because the Film Studies curriculum is so wide-ranging, students are encouraged to meet frequently with the director of the program to select a course schedule that will best fit their interests and goals. Majors should schedule advising meetings at least once per year. Visit our contact page to make an appointment. And please subscribe to this blog (using the form on the right) to receive updates and announcements.