Core Course

ENGLIT 2451—Film History/Theory

This course explores and interrogates the history of international film within the broader context of cultural studies, thereby surfacing and investigating diverse and shifting conceptions of the cinema in relation to other social and artistic forms. Works from major movements or moments of film history will be examined and analyzed in relation to writings by central film theorists. Such works will also be placed within a variety of historical frames (cinematic, economic, technological, etc.).

Electives—By Department

The graduate Film Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh offers a rich curriculum that provides students with training in the visual analysis of cinema, the history and theory of the medium, and its interrelations with other art forms and social/cultural discourses.


COMMRC 2226 Media and Cultural Studies

COMMRC 2227 Media Theory

COMMRC 2229 Media and Global Cultures

COMMRC 3325 Seminar in Mass Communication

COMMRC 3326 Seminar in Media Studies

East Asian

CHIN 2065 Sources on East Asia: Chinese New Wave Cinema


ENGLIT 2021 History and Spectacle

ENGLIT 2025 Godard: Images, Sound, Work and Love

ENGLIT 2043 Theory of Popular Culture

ENGLIT 2127 Shakespeare, Cinema, and Society

ENGLIT 2282 History of American Film I

ENGLIT 2451 Film History/Theory

ENGLIT 2455 Film Historiography

ENGLIT 2460/3160 Film and Literature

ENGLIT 2461 Genre and Film

ENGLIT 2462 Comic Theory and the Cinema

ENGLIT 2463/3165 Cinema and Nation

ENGLIT 2464 Masculinity in Cinema

ENGLIT 2465 Cinema, Comedy, and Society

ENGLIT 2466 Film and Modernism

ENGLIT 2467 Cinema and Trauma

ENGLIT 2470 Women and Film

ENGLIT 2471 Maternal Discourse in Film and Literature

ENGLIT 2472 Black Images in American Cinema

ENGLIT 2475/3475 The Body in Cinema

ENGLIT 2477 Classical Hollywood Cinema

ENGLIT 2479 Graduate Film Topics

ENGLIT 2480 Film Directors

ENGLIT 2481 David Cronenberg: Genre, Art, Cinema

ENGLIT 2589 Topics in English Studies: The Star, Performance, and Fan Culture

ENGLIT 2609 Melodrama

ENGLIT 2660 Sexual Representation and the Cinema

ENGLIT 3104 Made in USA: America in French Culture, 1945–1968

ENGLIT 3165/2463 Cinema and Nation

ENGLIT 3475/2475 The Body in Cinema

ENGLIT 3589 Advanced Topics in English Studies (Topics courses change each term)


GER 3882 Topics in German Cinema


SPAN 2452 Contemporary Latin American Film: Postmodern Film

SPAN 2464 Latin American Topics

SPAN 2589 Contemporary Hispanic Film


RUSS 2453 Thaw and Perestroika

RUSS 2640 Post-Stalinism and Russian Cinema

Film Studies Guide to Research: A guide to finding materials in the University Library System (.doc)

Interfolio: Graduate student job file service

Graduate Dean

Film in Pittsburgh

Original sign for John Harris’ historic nickelodeon (1905)

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