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Cinema Studies

The interdisciplinary Cinema Studies program examines film and television as art forms, training students to think and write critically.

As of Spring 2021, students are unable to declare a minor in Cinema Studies. Students who have previously declared will be able to complete the requirements. If you have questions, please check with your advisor, or contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@wittenberg.edu.


The program trains students to think and write critically about film as an art form. Cinema Studies also provides the opportunity for the study of television as a medium with its own types of genres, history and theory, and prepares students for further study in film and related fields.

The Summer Screenwriting Institute combines workshopping with instruction by professional screenwriters and producers with a shared emphasis on story from concept to images. Past workshops have focused on the development of an hour-long drama script, documentary filmmaking, and internet TV pilots, and have included professionals in the field such as Lauren Schmidt Hissrich '00, who has written for The West Wing, Private Practice, Parenthood and Do No Harm.

FLIC or Film Literacy in the Curriculum (CINE 270) units accompany courses across the curriculum, presenting students with the opportunity to do additional research in Cinema Studies and earn credit for that work. Students work with faculty members from the Cinema Studies minor to design and complete a project that expands on another course they are currently enrolled in.

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