Film Studies

Film Studies offers an outstanding array of courses for students seeking to fulfill general education requirements, skills development, and/or cultural enrichment.  Our classes introduce students to the history, theory, criticism, and industrial practices of cinema and other media forms.

Privileging a culturally inclusive curriculum, Film Studies courses investigate a diversity of domestic and global forms of film and media. Our aim is to empower students with the historical, aesthetic and cultural knowledge to research and analyze a range of cinematic styles, genres, and industrial practices (e.g. from marketing to film programming to media criticism and production).

Film Studies reaches well beyond the usual boundaries of the traditional visual arts to advance students' critical thinking, creativity, visual literacy and cultural competency. Students also learn invaluable writing, research, and communication skills that transfer to a variety of academic and professional settings.

Courses Include:

  • Introduction to Cinema
  • Introduction to Documentary
  • History of International Cinema
  • Contemporary American Cinema
  • Women in Cinema
  • Contemporary Global Cinema
  • Directors & Genres


Behavioral & Social Science Division Office

  • Email:
  • Phone: (805) 378-1445
  • Humanities & Social Science (HSS) 217

Dean: Dr. Amanuel Gebru

Department Chair: Dan Vieira


Full-time Faculty & Program Lead:

Alison Hoffman-Han, Ph.D.

Office: Technology 113


Part-time Faculty:

Richard Feilden (

Lauren Snowden (