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Cinema and Cultural Studies (CCS)

Note: The major in Cinema and Cultural Studies has been suspended, effective Fall 2017. Students may not declare the major in  Cinema and Cultural Studies  after Fall 2017.

The minor in Cinema and Cultural Studies has been suspended, effective Spring 2018. Students may not declare the minor in Cinema and Cultural Studies after Spring 2018.

 

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 ​field of cultural studies, the major is designed to show how cultural forms such as cinema and ​media  develop and interact with each other and with social, historical, and economic forces. The major's core courses place strong emphasis on critical thinking about ​cinema​ 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 2016 you must adhere to the following requirements:

The interdisciplinary major in Cinema & Cultural Studies leads to the Bachelor or Arts degree. Letter grade courses offered to satisfy major requirements must be passed with a grade of C or higher. No more than six credits of S/U grading may be applied to the major. The major entails 39 credits with 15 core-credits and 24 upper division electives. The Minor entails 21 credits.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 (15 credits)

 Lower-Division Requirements

    • CCS 101: Introduction to Cinema & Cultural Studies                  

Choose two courses from the following four 200-level courses:

Upper-Division Requirements

    • CCS 301: Cinema and Media Theory (offered each Fall)
    • CCS 401: Senior Seminar in Cinema and Cultural Studies (offered each Spring)

B.      Upper-Division Elective Courses (24 credits)

Group 1: Cinema and Cultural Studies Courses within CSCL (five courses required) 

    • CCS 311: Gender and Genre in Film                             
    • CCS 312: Cinema and the Ancient World
    • CCS 313: Television Studies                                      
    • CCS 325: Culture in Context
    • CCS 381: Topics in Cinema Studies                              
    • CCS 382: Topics in Media and Popular Culture
    • CCS 383: Topics in Game Studies                                
    • CCS 391: Topics in African Cinema and CST
    • CCS 392: Topics in American Cinema and CST               
    • CCS 393: Topics in European Cinema and CST 
    • CCS 394: Topics in Asian Cinema and CST                    
    • CCS 395: Topics in Digital Technology and Culture
    • CCS 475: Undergraduate Teaching Practicum (I)              
    • CCS 476: Undergraduate Teaching Practicum (II)
    • CCS 487: Independent Research                                  
    • CCS 488: Internship                                 
    • CCS 495: Senior Honors Project

Group 2: Cinema and Cultural Studies Across Disciplines (three courses required) 

    • AFS 410: Computers and Third World Social Issues            
    • AFS 463: Blacks and Mass Media
    • ARH 336: The Computer and the Arts                            
    • ARH 345: The Moving Image in 20th Century Art
    • ARH 348: Contemporary Art                                         
    • ARH 397: Topics History and Theory of Photography
    • ARH 398: Topics in Film and Video Art                            
    • ARS/THR 318: Movie Making: Shoot, Edit, Score
    • ARS 324: Intermediate Digital Art: Design                       
    • ARS 326: Video Art: Narrative Forms
    • ARS 327: Digital Arts: Web Design and Culture                 
    • ARS 329: Video Art: Experimental Forms
    • ARS 381: Color and Light Photography                           
    • ARS 425: Advanced New Media Art
    • ARS 481: Advanced Photography                                   
    • CDT 318: Interactive Performance, Media, and MIDI
    • CDT 450: Topics in Computational Arts                          
    • CLT 301: Theory of Literature
    • CLT 335: Interdisciplinary Study of Film                          
    • CLT 361: Literature and Society
    • CLT 363: Literature and the Arts                                  
    • CSE/ISE 301: History of Computing
    • EGL 390/3: Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies           
    • EGL 394: Topics in Science and Technology
    • EST/ISE 340: Design of Computer Games                        
    • MUS 300: Music, Technology, and Digital Culture
    • MUS 340: Introduction to Music Technology                      
    • MUS 437: Electronic Music
    • PHI 364: Philosophy of Technology                                 
    • PHI 365: Philosophy and Computers
    • SPN 420: Spanish and Latin American Cinema                  
    • THR 325: Scriptwriting for Film and Television
    • THR 403: Media: Theory and Criticism                           
    • WST 314: Women Making Music
    • WST 335: Social History of Advertising 

C. 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 UGPD, 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.

Important Notes:

1.  While the UGPD is available to assist in your degree progress, you are ultimately responsible for knowing the university regulations and rules for   your major, found in the Bulletin on-line at http://sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/bulletin/current/. Students should monitor their own progress towards the degree by updating this worksheet on a regular basis.

2.  Most upper-division courses have lower-division pre-requisites. Please bear this in mind when planning the early stages of your major.

3.  Students may offer one of the following courses for 3 of the 18 upper-division credits upon approval of the UGPD: CCS 487 Independent Research, CCS 488 Internship, or CCS 495 Senior Honors Project.

4.  CCS 487 and CCS 495 require that you identify and, have approval from, the Faculty member you intend to work with the semester prior to enrolling. You will also be responsible for a short synopsis and bibliography of your intended project. Both will need to be submitted to the UGPD prior to enrollment.  

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

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

The interdisciplinary major in Cinema & Cultural Studies leads to the Bachelor or Arts degree. Letter grade courses offered to satisfy major requirements must be passed with a grade of C or higher.  The Minor entails 21 credits. 

A.      Core Courses (12 credits)

Lower-Division Requirements

CCS 101 Introduction to Cinema & Cultural Studies                     

Choose two courses from the following four 200-level courses:

 

Upper-Division Requirement

CCS 301: Cinema and Media Theory (offered each Fall)              

B.       Upper-Division Elective Courses (9 credits)

 Group 1: Cinema and Cultural Studies Courses within CSCL (two courses required)

    • CCS 311: Gender and Genre in Film                             
    • CCS 312: Cinema and the Ancient World
    • CCS 313: Television Studies                                           
    • CCS 325: Culture in Context
    • CCS 381: Topics in Cinema Studies                                              
    • CCS 382: Topics in Media and Popular Culture
    • CCS 383: Topics in Game Studies                                 
    • CCS 391: Topics in African Cinema and CST
    • CCS 392: Topics in American Cinema and CST       
    • CCS 393: Topics in European Cinema and CST 
    • CCS 394: Topics in Asian Cinema and CST                
    • CCS 395: Topics in Digital Technology and Culture
    • CCS 475: Undergraduate Teaching Practicum (I)      
    • CCS 476: Undergraduate Teaching Practicum (II)
    • CCS 487: Independent Research                                  
    • CCS 488: Internship                                 
    • CCS 495: Senior Honors Project

Group 2: Cinema and Cultural Studies Across Disciplines (one course required)

    • AFS 410: Computers and Third World Social Issues  
    • AFS 463: Blacks and Mass Media
    • ARH 336: The Computer and the Arts                            
    • ARH 345: The Moving Image in 20th Century Art
    • ARH 348: Contemporary Art                                            
    • ARH 397: Topics History and Theory of Photography
    • ARH 398: Topics in Film and Video Art                          
    • ARS/THR 318: Movie Making: Shoot, Edit, Score
    • ARS 324: Intermediate Digital Art: Design                    
    • ARS 326: Video Art: Narrative Forms
    • ARS 327: Digital Arts: Web Design and Culture           
    • ARS 329: Video Art: Experimental Forms
    • ARS 381: Color and Light Photography                         
    • ARS 425: Advanced New Media Art
    • ARS 481: Advanced Photography                                  
    • CDT 318: Interactive Performance, Media, and MIDI
    • CDT 450: Topics in Computational Arts                        
    • CLT 301: Theory of Literature
    • CLT 335: Interdisciplinary Study of Film                        
    • CLT 361: Literature and Society
    • CLT 363: Literature and the Arts                                     
    • CSE/ISE 301: History of Computing
    • EGL 390/3: Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies     
    • EGL 394: Topics in Science and Technology
    • EST/ISE 340: Design of Computer Games                   
    • MUS 300: Music, Technology, and Digital Culture
    • MUS 340: Introduction to Music Technology                
    • MUS 437: Electronic Music
    • PHI 364: Philosophy of Technology                                               
    • PHI 365: Philosophy and Computers
    • SPN 420: Spanish and Latin American Cinema         
    • THR 325: Scriptwriting for Film and Television
    • THR 403: Media: Theory and Criticism                          
    • WST 314: Women Making Music
    • WST 335: Social History of Advertising
    •  

Important Notes:

1.  While the UGPD is available to assist in your degree progress, you are ultimately responsible for knowing   the university regulations and rules for   your major, found in the Bulletin on-line at http://sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/bulletin/current/. Students should monitor their own progress towards the degree by updating this worksheet on a regular basis.

2.Most upper-division courses have lower-division pre-requisites. Please bear this in mind when planning the early stages of your major.


If you were enrolled in the Major or Minor prior to Fall 2016 you must adhere to the following requirements:

CINEMA & CULTURAL STUDIES
*****IMPORTANT INFORMATION******

New CCS courses will launch in Fall 2016 to support the revised CCS Major and Minor. Students enrolled in CCS degrees prior to Fall 2016 can choose to be held accountable to the previous degree requirements, or convert to the new degree requirements. A number of CCS courses will no longer be offered and those taken under the previous iteration of CCS will still count towards your Major or Minor. 

Requirements for the Major in Cinema and Cultural Studies

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)

CINEMA & CULTURAL STUDIES

*****IMPORTANT INFORMATION******

New CCS courses will launch in Fall 2016 to support the revised CCS Major and Minor. Students enrolled in CCS degrees prior to Fall 2016 can choose to be held accountable to the previous degree requirements, or convert to the new degree requirements. A number of CCS courses will no longer be offered and those taken under the previous iteration of CCS will still count towards your Major or Minor. 

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.

Undergraduate Advisor for Cinema and Cultural Studies: Professor Andrea Fedi
Andrea.Fedi@stonybrook.edu|631.632-7460 | 1148 Humanities Building

Course Descriptions via the Undergraduate Bulletin:

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

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