Required Coursework

Core Courses: PhD in Film and Media Studies

FILMG 2905/ENGFLM 2905 - Film Studies Proseminar
FILMG 2452/ENGFLM 2452 - Film History/Theory II
FILMG 2451/ENGFLM 2451 - Film History/Theory I

Core Course: MA Certificate and PhD Certificate

FILMG 2451/ENGFLM 2451—Film History/Theory I
Film History/Theory I 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 and Media 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 3164 The Hollywood Studio System

COMMRC 3325 Seminar in Mass Communication

COMMRC 3326 Seminar in Media Studies

East Asian

CHIN 2065 Sources on East Asia: Chinese New Wave Cinema


ENGFLM 2021 History through Visual Media

ENGFLM 2026 The Late Works of Jean-Luc Godard

ENGFLM 2190 British Cultural Studies

ENGFLM 2200 Indian Cinema: Questions of Mass Culture and Transnational Cinemas

FILMG 2450/ENGFLM 2450 Proseminar in Film and Media Studies

FILMG 2451/ENGFLM 2451 Film History/Theory I

FILMG 2452/ENGFLM 2452 Film History/Theory II

ENGFLM 2455 Film Historiography

ENGFLM 2457 Film and Ethnography

ENGFLM 2459 Documentary Theory and Practice

ENGFLM 2460 Film and Literature

ENGFLM 2465 Film and Aesthetics

ENGFLM 2466 Film and Modernism

ENGFLM 2467 Cinema and Trauma

ENGFLM 2468 Optics of European Horror

ENGFLM 2469 Cinema and Desire

ENGFLM 2471 Cinema and Psyche

ENGFLM 2472 Cinema and the Posthuman

ENGFLM 2473 Cinema and Counter-History

ENGFLM 2475 The Body in Cinema

ENGFLM 2476 Advanced Graduate Film Topics

ENGFLM 2478 The Hollywood Studio System

ENGFLM 2481 Cinema and Spectatorship

ENGFLM 2482 Authorship in Cinema

ENGFLM 2483 Surrealism and Cinema

ENGFLM 2484 Genre and Transnational Cinema

ENGFLM 2485 Genre and Film Melodrama

ENGFLM 2486 Gilles Deleuze and Cinema

ENGFLM 2487 Film Director: Rossellini

ENGFLM 2488 Film Directors: Pasolini

ENGFLM 2489 Clint Eastwood: American Artist

ENGFLM 2492 Television Studies

ENGFLM 2494 Key Concepts in New Media

ENGFLM 2660 Sexual Representation and the Cinema

ENGFLM 2661 Queer Theory, Queer Cinema

ENGFLM 2700 Animation Theory

ENGFLM 2710 Global Film Stardom


GER 3882 Topics in German Cinema

GER 3893 Apparatus Theory Now!


SPAN 2452 Contemporary Latin American Film: Postmodern Film

SPAN 2464 Latin American Topics

SPAN 2589 Contemporary Hispanic Film


RUSS 2453 Thaw and Perestroika

RUSS 2474 Neoliberalism and Cultural Production

RUSS 2640 Post-Stalinism and Russian Cinema