Graduate Programs and Courses

While most graduate courses in film studies are offered in individual departments, the Graduate School Field Committee (GSFC) in Film Studies oversees the one credit Graduate Colloquium on Cinema and Theory each spring. All students participating in the GSFC are encouraged to attend this course. The course meets for four sessions throughout the semester, with a professor from a different department leading each session. This is an excellent opportunity for students from various departments to interact with each other and gain new perspectives on the study of cinema. For more information please click here.



There are a number of graduate programs that offer courses and training in film studies. Prospective students should apply to the program that most closely matches their research interests and training goals. A good place to begin is to follow the links provided below. Students within these programs have access to the activities and resources of the GSFC in Film Studies.

American Studies
Art History and Archaeology
Comparative Literature
English Language and Literature
French Modern Studies
Germanic Studies
Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures


Seminars and Graduate Courses

The courses listed below have been identified by the GSFC faculty as providing foundational training in film studies across disciplines. In principle, these courses are open to any graduate student affiliated with the GSFC. Additional information is available in the Graduate Catalog as well as on Testudo and Department Websites.

AMST 629D Documentary Film in American Culture (Lounsbury)
AMST 698Y Cinema and the City (Lounsbury)
CMLT 679C Selected Topics in Comparative Studies: History/Theory/Practice of Documentary
CMLT 679L Selected Topics in Comparative Studies: Cinema of Liberation (Robinson)
ENGL759C Literature and the Other Arts: Cold War Culture: American Literatures and Film of the 40s and 50s (Auerbach)
FREN 699F Film Theory and Criticism (Eades)
GERM 838/CMLT 678P Film Analysis (Beicken); conducted in German
GERM 669L/838L 20th Century Literature: The City in Literature and Film (Beicken); conducted in German.
GERM 838 Adaptation (Beicken); conducted in German
HIST 619 Special Topics in History related to Film
SPAN 698E Alter-Natives: Film and Indigenous Peoples in the Americas (Harrison)
SLLC 699A Document, Narrative, and the Real in Cinema (Eades and Papazian)
SLLC 698F/CMLT788/HIST 819V Colloquium in Cinema and Theory (Various)


Faculty Areas of Expertise

Cinema in the Middle East
Documentary Film: History, Theories, Practices
Film Theory, Genre Theory
Issues of Gender and Film
Film and Oral Tradition
Post-Colonial Studies and Film
Silent Film: USA, USSR, France, Germany
Sub-Saharian and North African Cinemas
The History of American and European Cinemas