Words and Stories

Introduction to Linguistics

This course is a survey of general linguistics, emphasizing the theory and methodology of the traditional central areas of the field--phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax- with special concentration on phonological and syntactic theories and analytical techniques.  The remainder of the course will be devoted to phonetics, morphology, historical linguistics, semantics and pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics.

Cultural Resource Management

This course will cover in an introductory way all aspects of Cultural Resource Management and Historic Preservation.  Major topics include federal historic preservation legislation, cultural resources (historic and prehistoric archaeology, historic structures), the National Register of Historic Places, Section 106 and 110 of the NHPA, The National Environmental Policy Act, historic preservation planning, and state historic preservation plans.  The course will utilize historic architectural examples as well as prehistoric and historic archaeological sites.

Workshop Tutorial

This course provides support for students who are taking ENGCMP 0150 workshop in composition.  Students meet weekly with a writing center consultant to work on understanding and addressing writing assignments.  Students can also expect to learn how to strengthen their writing at the sentence- and paragraph-levels.  Students work one-on-one with a consultant, using the papers they produce in ENGCMP 0150 as materials for discussion.

Afro-American History 1

This course surveys the history of Afro-Americans from their African origins to their emancipation during the Civil War.

Combined Section: HIST 0670

Elements of Screenwriting

This course will explore developing character-based stories in the screenplay form. Students will be exposed to a variety of readings, including original screenplays, related prose, and texts which reinforce basic tenets of good story telling. Students will write a completed 1st Act for a 3 to 5 part screenplay, building from idea to outline with particular attention to structure and character development.

Filmmaking 1: Fundamentals

Filmmaking is a creative process that combines art, science, craft, and collaboration. This course is a hands-on introduction to the process, starting with the building blocks of motion pictures: light and cameras, composition, editing, and visual storytelling. You will complete two short videos over the course of the semester, shooting video with DSLR cameras and editing using Adobe Premiere Pro. In-class exercises will provide a deeper understanding of making moving images.

History of French Cinema

This course will introduce students to the history of cinema in France from the beginnings of cinema to the present day. We will examine films from all periods and consider a diversity of forms and genres, including mainstream narrative films, art films, avant-garde experiments, blockbusters, and documentaries. No previous course experience with cinema is presumed as we will learn the basics of how to watch, discuss, and write about films and the film industry.

World Film History

This course both introduces students to techniques of film analysis and acquaints them with major works and movements in international cinema.  The course pays particular attention to the evolution of film narrative and visual style through landmarks in film development--European avant-garde films,  British documentary, Italian neo-realism, etc.  This is a Critical Studies course and is a required course for the Film and Media Studies major and minor.

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Film Analysis

This course introduces students to the art of the cinema, and to the techniques for its formal and iconographic analysis.  It examines the nature of shot composition and visual framing, the use of color, the role of lighting as a pictorial element, the potentials of camera movement, the modes of editing and the nature of image/sound montage.  It also introduces students to dominant cinema forms--narrative, experimental, documentary, etc.--And connects the cinema to visual arts (like painting and sculpture).

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