September 11, 2008

Case Western Reserve University approves film minor

When Robert Spadoni, assistant professor of film, arrived on campus in 2003, he planned to build a strong film program at the university. He's passed several hurdles, and the most recent is the approval of a new minor in film.

"Students can now declare film as a minor," said Spadoni. "Interested students can visit, and look for an announcement later this semester regarding a free film screening to publicize and celebrate the minor."

The 15-credit minor is designed to be flexible and expand the longstanding commitment by the English department to foster and develop an interest in film on campus. All students will be required to take English 367–Introduction to Film, a popular offering in the English department. Students are encouraged to take this course first or as early in the sequence as possible, though they can take it at any point.

The remaining 15 credit hours can be taken in a variety of cross-listed courses and electives that tap into cinema-related offerings throughout the College of Arts and Sciences. Such classes might be in Spadoni's horror film and Alfred Hitchcock courses, Dance on Screen, taught by Linda Ehrlich from modern languages and literatures department and another film expert on campus, or John Orlock's screenwriting course in the theater and dance department.

Students interested in seeing if a course will count as an elective can contact Spadoni. Past courses offered that would count as electives include The Hollywood Musical, Religion and Film, Topics in German Cinema, Jewish Image in Popular Film and Cinema/Nation Building in Africa.

"With the broad array of courses, students can customize their minor," said Spadoni.

Students can also design a film major as a dean's approved second major, but it requires a proposal and approval on a case-by-case basis. Spadoni has had one student graduate with such a major and a number of other students who have had proposals approved or are in the drafting stages.

Film courses have been offered at the university since the 1970s when Louis Giannetti , who is now retired, began offering the introductory class called Understanding Movies—also the title of Giannetti's film book, which is the top-selling college film text in the country.

For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, September 11, 2008 11:44 AM | News Topics: Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, news

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