Cinema and Cultural Studies (CCS)
The major in Cinema and Cultural Studies (CCS) considers film as a form of representation in and of itself and in relation to other disciplines such as literature, art, and theatre. By emphasizing the emerging discipline of cultural studies, the major is designed to show how cultural forms such as cinema and the other arts develop and interact with each other and with social, historical, and economic forces. The major's core courses place strong emphasis on writing skills and critical thinking about film and other cultural forms. Students are also taught "media literacy"-the ability to read the many images we encounter every day in an age when images are being used for manipulation as never before. Students are encouraged to apply knowledge in the classroom to practical situations through internships in film and advertising industries or through independent research.

Students majoring in Cinema and Cultural Studies are prepared to undertake graduate study in many humanistic disciplines and to enter into careers in the film industry, communications, advertising, marketing, and public relations.

Requirements for the Major in Cinema and Cultural Studies

If you are enrolled in the CCS Major or Minor beginning Fall 2013 you must adhere to the following requirements:

The interdisciplinary major in Cinema and Cultural Studies leads to the Bachelor or Arts degree. The following courses are required and must be taken for a letter grade. All courses offered tosatisfy major requirements must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Completion of the major requires 39 credits. Twenty-four credits for the major must be earned in courses numbered 300 or higher.

A. Core Courses

  • CCS 101 Introduction to Cinema & Cultural Studies
  • CCS 201 Writing About Cinema & Cultural Studies
  • CCS 301 Theorizing Cinema & Cultural Studies
  • CCS 401 Senior Seminar in Cinema & Cultural Studies

B. Lower Division Requirements

  • CCS 202 Film Genres
  • CCS 205 Cinema History: Late 19th Century - WW2
  • CCS 206 Cinema History: Post-War  - Present

C. Upper Division Concentration (18 Credits)
Choose two courses from each of the three groups.

Group 1: Areas 

  • AFS 345 Women in Africa and the Caribbean
  • ARH 329 Arts of the African Diaspora
  • CCS 325 Cultures in Context*
  • CCS 390 Topics in Latin American Cinema
  • CCS 391 Topics in African Cinema
  • CCS 392 Topics in American Cinema
  • CCS 393 Topics in European Cinema
  • CCS 394 Topics in Asian Cinema
  • CLT 391 African Comparative Literature
  • CLT 392 Multicultural Comparative Literature
  • CLT 393 European Comparative Literature
  • CLT 394 Asian Comparative Literature
  • EGL 305 The Pacific, Travel & Empire
  • EGL 373 Literature in English form Non-Western Cultures
  • SPN 420 Topics in Spanish and Latin American Cinema
  • WST 335 Women at Work in Twentieth-Century America
  • WST 382 Black Women's Literature of the African Diaspora
  • WST 395 Topics in Global Feminism
  • WST 397 Topics in Social Science

Group 2: Histories

  • ARH 335 History of Photography
  • ARH 345 The Moving Image in 20th Century Art
  • CCS 312 Cinema and the Ancient World
  • CCS 324 Jazz and American Culture
  • CCS 325 Cultures in Context*
  • CCS 327 Histories of Culture
  • CCS 396 Video and Computer Game History
  • CLT 362 Literature and Ideas
  • CLT 363 Literature and the Arts
  • HIS 326 History of Popular Culture
  • HIS 361 American History/American Film
  • MUS 310 Music and Culture in the 1960s
  • WST 301 Histories of Feminism
  • WST 374 Historical Perspectives
  • WST 396 Special Topics in the History of American Women

Group 3: Theories

  • ARH 336 Digital Visual Culture
  • CCS 311 Gender and Genre in Film
  • CCS 313 Television Studies
  • CCS 325 Cultures in Context*
  • CCS 326 Social and Cultural Theory
  • CLT 335 Interdisciplinary Study of Film
  • CCS 395 Digital Cultural Studies
  • CCS 397 Video and Computer Game Culture
  • CLT 301 Theory of Literature
  • CLT 330 Literary Genres
  • MUS 300 Music, Technology, and Digital Culture
  • EGL 365 Literary Criticism and Theory
  • SOC 330 Media and Society
  • THR 403 Media Theory and Criticism
  • WST 305 Feminist Theories in Context
  • WST 372 Topics in Women and Literature
  • WST 383 Philosophical Issues of Race and Gender
  • WST 384 Advanced Topics in Feminist Philosophy
  • WST 398 Topics in Gender, Race, Ethnicity
  • WST 399 Topics in Gender and Sexuality

*CCS 325 Cultures in Context may be repeated and used in other Upper Division Areas of
Concentration depending on the topic and with approval from the UG Advisor or UGPD.

D. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

All students are required to write a research paper of 15–20 pages for CCS 401, which is
evaluated by the instructor for its evidence of upper-division writing ability. Students whose
writing is judged satisfactory will have fulfilled the upper-division writing requirement. Students
who do not fulfill the requirement in CCS 401 must submit to the major advisor, no later than the
first semester of the senior year, a portfolio of papers written for subsequent upper-division
courses taken for the major and must achieve an evaluation of satisfactory on the portfolio.
CCS 401 also satisfies the Stony Brook Curriculum WRTD learning objective.

Notes:

1. Students may apply one of the following courses for 3 of the 18 upper-division credits upon approval of the UGPD: CCS 487Independent Research in Cinema and Cultural Studies, CCS 488 Internship, or CCS 495 Senior Honors Project in Cinema and Cultural Studies.
2. Other relevant courses may be substituted for major requirements with permission of the undergraduate program director.
3. Most of the upper-division courses in the concentration groups have lower-division course(s) as pre-requisites. Bear this in mind when planning the early stages of your major.

Honors Program

Students who have maintained a grade point average of 3.50 in the major and 3.00 overall may attempt the degree in Cinema and Cultural Studies with honors. Students should apply for the honors program at the end of their junior year. The student must find a faculty member affiliated with the program to act as sponsor and, with written approval of the sponsor, submit a written proposal for an honors thesis or honors project to the Undergraduate Program Director. If the honors thesis or project is judged to be completed with distinction and the student has achieved a 3.50 g.p.a. in all courses for the Cinema and Cultural Studies major taken during the senior year, honors are conferred. Course credit for the honors thesis or project is given under CCS 495.

Minor

The minor in Cinema and Cultural Studies is designed to provide a broad over­view of film and culture and to complement most majors in the arts and sciences.

Requirements for the Minor in Cinema and Cultural Studies (CCS)

All courses for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. All courses offered to satisfy minor requirements must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Completion of the minor requires 21 credits.

A. CCS 101 Introduction to Cinema & Cultural Studies

B. Two of the following courses:

  • CCS 201 Writing about Cinema & Cultural Studies
  • CCS 202 Film Genres
  • CCS 205 Cinema History: Late 19th Century - WW2
  • CCS 206 Cinema History: Post-War - Present

C.          CCS 301 Theorizing Cinema and Culture

D. Choose one course from each of the three groups below.

Group 1: Areas

  • AFS 345 Women in Africa and the Caribbean
  • ARH 329 Arts of the African Diaspora
  • CCS 325 Cultures in Context*
  • CCS 390 Topics in Latin American Cinema
  • CCS 391 Topics in African Cinema
  • CCS 392 Topics in American Cinema
  • CCS 393 Topics in European Cinema
  • CCS 394 Topics in Asian Cinema
  • CLT 391 African Comparative Literature
  • CLT 392 Multicultural Comparative Literature
  • CLT 393 European Comparative Literature
  • CLT 394 Asian Comparative Literature
  • EGL 305 The Pacific, Travel & Empire
  • EGL 373 Literature in English form Non-Western Cultures
  • SPN 420 Topics in Spanish and Latin American Cinema
  • WST 335 Women at Work in Twentieth-Century America
  • WST 382 Black Women's Literature of the African Diaspora
  • WST 395 Topics in Global Feminism
  • WST 397 Topics in Social Science\

Group 2: Histories

  • ARH 335 History of Photography
  • ARH 345 The Moving Image in 20th Century Art
  • CCS 312 Cinema and the Ancient World
  • CCS 324 Jazz and American Culture
  • CCS 325 Cultures in Context*
  • CCS 327 Histories of Culture
  • CCS 396 Video and Computer Game History
  • CLT 362 Literature and Ideas
  • CLT 363 Literature and the Arts
  • HIS 326 History of Popular Culture
  • HIS 361 American History/American Film
  • MUS 310 Music and Culture in the 1960s
  • WST 301 Histories of Feminism
  • WST 374 Historical Perspectives
  • WST 396 Special Topics in the History of American Women

Group 3: Theories

  • ARH 336 Digital Visual Culture
  • CCS 311 Gender and Genre in Film
  • CCS 313 Television Studies
  • CCS 325 Cultures in Context*
  • CCS 326 Social and Cultural Theory
  • CLT 335 Interdisciplinary Study of Film
  • CCS 395 Digital Cultural Studies
  • CCS 397 Video and Computer Game Culture
  • CLT 301 Theory of Literature
  • CLT 330 Literary Genres
  • MUS 300 Music, Technology, and Digital Culture
  • EGL 365 Literary Criticism and Theory
  • SOC 330 Media and Society
  • THR 403 Media Theory and Criticism
  • WST 305 Feminist Theories in Context
  • WST 372 Topics in Women and Literature
  • WST 383 Philosophical Issues of Race and Gender
  • WST 384 Advanced Topics in Feminist Philosophy
  • WST 398 Topics in Gender, Race, Ethnicity
  • WST 399 Topics in Gender and Sexuality

*CCS 325 Cultures in Context may be repeated and used in other Upper Division Areas of Concentration depending on the topic and with approval from the UG Advisor or UGPD.

Notes: 1. Only one course from CCS 487 Independent Research in Cinema and Cultural Studies or CCS 488 Internship may be applied towards the minorʼs upper division requirements with approval from the UG Advisor or UGPD. 2. Most of the upper-division courses have some lower-division course(s) as pre-requisites. Bear this in mind in planning the early stages of your minor.

 


 

Requirements for the Major in Cinema and Cultural Studies

If you were enrolled in the Major or Minor prior to Fall 2013 you must adhere to the following requirements:

The major in Cinema and Cultural Studies leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. All courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Twenty-one credits for the major must be earned in courses numbered 300 or higher.

Completion of the major requires 39 credits.

A. Core Courses

  • CCS 101 Introduction to Cinema & Cultural Studies
  • CCS 201 Writing About Culture
  • CCS 301 Theorizing Cinema & Cultural Studies
  • CCS 401 Senior Seminar in Cinema & Cultural Studies

B. Courses in Cinema

1. Required:

  • HUM 201 Film Genres
  • HUM 202 Film History

2. One other lower-division course from the following:

  • CCS 204 Stony Brook Film Festival: Films and Contexts
  • CLT 235 American Pluralism in Film and Literature 
  • HUF 211 French Cinema
  • HUG 221 German Cinema Since 1945
  • HUI 231 Sex and Politics in Italian Cinema Russian Cinema
  • THR 117 Media Analysis and Culture
 3. Three upper-division courses from the following:
  • CCS 311 Gender and Genre in Film 
  • CCS 312 Cinema and the Ancient World
  • CCS 324 Jazz and American Culture 
  • CCS 390 Topics in Latin American Cinema
  • CCS 391 Topics in African Cinema
  • CCS 392 Topics in American Cinema
  • CCS 393 Topics in European Cinema
  • CCS 394 Topics in Asian Cinema
  • CCS 387 Independent Research
  • CCS 488 Internship 
  • CLT 335 Interdisciplinary Study of Film
  • SPN 420 Topics in Spanish and Latin American Cinema
  • THR 403 Media Theory and Criticism

C. Courses in Cultural Studies

1. Texts and Contexts. One course from the following:

  • CCS 325 Culture in Context
  • CCS 326 Social and Cultural Theory
  • CLL 315 Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greek Literature
  • CLT 330 Literary Genres 
  • CLT 361 Literature and Society 
  • CLT 362 Literature and Ideas
  • CLT 363 Literature and the Arts
  • CLT 391 African Comparative Literature
  • CLT 392 Multicultural Comparative Literature
  • CLT 393 European Comparative Literature
  • CLT 394 Asian Comparative Literature

 2. Visual Culture. One course from the following:

  • ARH 322 American Art Since 1947
  • ARH 329/AFH 339 Arts of the African Diaspora
  • ARH 331 American Art to 1890
  • ARH 333 Arts for the Public
  • ARH 335 History of Photography
  • ARH 342 Art of the 20th Century

3. Digital Culture. One course from the following:

  • ARS 317/MUS 317/THR 317 Interactive Media, Performance, and Installation
  • ARS318/MUS 318/THR 318 Movies: Shoot, Edit, Score
  • ARS 325 Theory and Practice of Digital Art: Print
  • AR3 326 Theory and Practice of Digital Art: Video
  • ARS 327 Web Art, Design, and Culture 
  • ARS 425 Advanced Digital Arts
  • CCS 313 Television Studies
  • CCS 395 Digital Cultural Studies 
  • CCS 396 Video and Computer Game History
  • CCS 397 Video and Computer Game Culture
  • MUS 300 Music, Technology, and Digital Culture
  • MUS 340 Introduction to Music Technology
  • MUS 437 Electronic Music

D. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

All students are required to write a term paper for CCS 301 which is evaluated by the instructor for its evidence of upper-division writing ability. Students whose writing is judged satisfactory will have fulfilled the upper-division writing requirement. Stu­dents who do not fulfill the requirement in CCS 301 must submit to the major advisor, no later than the first semester of the senior year, a portfolio of papers written for subsequent upper-division courses taken for the major and must achieve an evaluation of satisfactory on the portfolio.

Notes:

1. Only three credits of CCS 487, Independent Study, or CCS 488 Internship, may be used to satisfy major requirements.
2. Students should consider the prerequisites to upper-division courses for the major when choosing elective and D.E.C. courses.
3. Other relevant courses may be substituted for major requirements with permission of the undergraduate program director.

Honors Program

Students who have maintained a grade point average of 3.50 in the major and 3.00 overall may attempt the degree in Cinema and Cultural Studies with honors. Students should apply for the honors program at the end of their junior year.  The student must find a faculty member affiliated with the program to act as sponsor and, with written approval of the sponsor, submit a written proposal for an honors thesis or honors project to the Undergraduate Program Director. If the honors thesis or project is judged to be completed with distinction and the student has achieved a 3.50 g.p.a. in all courses for the Cinema and Cultural Studies major taken during the senior year, honors are conferred. Course credit for the honors thesis or project is given under CCS 495.

Requirements for the Minor in Cinema and Cultural Studies

The minor in Cinema and Cultural Studies is designed to provide a broad over­view of film and culture and to complement most majors in the arts and sciences.

All courses for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.

Completion of the minor requires 21 credits.

A. CCS 101 Introduction to Cinema & Cultural Studies or CCS 201 Writing About Culture

B. HUM 201 Film Genres or HUM 202 Film History

C. CCS 301 Theorizing Cinema & Cultural Studies

D. Two courses from the following: ARH 322, ARH 329, ARH 331, ARH 333, ARH 335, ARH 342, ARS/MUS/THR 317, ARS/MUS/THR 318, ARS 325, ARS 326, ARS 327, CCS 313, CCS 395, CCS 396, CCS 397, CLL/WST 315, CLT 361, CLT 362, CLT 363, CLT 391, CLT 392, CLT 393, CLT 394, MUS 300, MUS 340, WST 372, WST 382, WST 390, WST 391

E. Two courses from the following: CCS 311, CCS 312, CCS 390, CCS 391, CCS 392, CCS 393, CCS 394, CCS 401, CCS 487, CCS 488, CLT 335, SPN 420, THR 403

Notes:
1. Only one course from CCS 487 or CCS 488 may be used to satisfy Requirement E.
2. Students should consider the prerequisites to upper-division courses for the minor when choosing elective and D.E.C. courses.
3. Other relevant courses may be substituted for minor requirements in consultation with the minor director.

Undergraduate Advisor for Cinema and Cultural Studies: Professor Gregory Ruf

Gregory.Ruf@stonybrook.edu|631.632.7652 | 2068 Humanities Building

Course Descriptions via the Undergraduate Bulletin:

http://sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/bulletin/current/academicprograms/ccs/courses.php

Events

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Spring 2016

Department:

CAT Graduate Colloquium

Wednesday, February 10th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

Humanities Institute, Room#1008

Speakers and Titles: 

Spatiality, Cognitive Ecology, Here 

Professor John Lutterbie, "Gutters and Panels"

David Rodriguez, "Environment at Scale"

 

Fall 2015

Cultural Analysis and Theory -Graduate Student Conference

Immunity/Community

2015 Stony Brook University, Dept. of Cultural Analysis and Theory, Graduate Student Conference

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015

SBU Manhattan

387 Park Avenue South, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10016


 

2015 CAT Colloquium

Wednesday, October 28th, from 1:00 - 2:20 p.m.

Humanities Institute room#1008

Speakers and Titles:

Professor E.K. Tan, “From Exile to Queer Homecoming: Chen Xue’s A Wife’s Diary (2012)"

Yalda Hamidi, “'Diasporic Literature as a Feminist Genre: Re-reading Persepolis and Reading Lolita in Tehran"

 

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Black History Month

Keynote speaker Sonia Sanchez poet, educator, and lecturer on Black Culture and Literature, Women’s Liberation and Racial Justice. 

Wednesday, January 27
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Student Activities Center Gelber Auditorium


DANTE WORLDS Echoes, Places, Questions -- A Conference on the 750th Anniversary of Dante's Birth 
Wednesday,  December 2, 2015 
Charles B. Wang Lecture Hall 29:30 am to 5:30 pm

English Graduate Student Conference - Spring 2016
Speaking Text(s): Communication in the Humanities
Faculty

Kadji Amin published "'Blesser' le spectateur blanc américain: Les Nègres aux États-Unis, 1961-64 et 2003" in Études françaises.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship on SEX at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum for the 2015-16 academic year.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Humanities Institute at Stony Brook Faculty Fellowship for Spring semester of 2015 for the completion of his book, Queer Attachments.

Raiford Guins "Punk archaeologists" explain that they went looking for more than just video-game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill.  

Nancy Hiemstra has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Robert Harvey has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor.

Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood is curating a film series at the IWM in Vienna.


Students

Marcus Brock has been selected to receive the Turner Conference Travel Award to participation in the "Audiovisualtopia" taking place in Madrid, Spain beginning on 10/23/2015. 

Beth Tsai has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Kudos Newsletter 

        June 2015


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