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School for Continuing Studies

English and Film

Michael Boyce

What happens when you read a book?

What happens when you watch a movie?

Are the “texts” (novels, poems, films or television) we read simply entertainment? Do these texts shape us as individuals? Do they engage actively with culture and the world around us?

At Booth University College, we place particular emphasis on understanding literature, film and related media within a larger context of liberal arts – philosophy, psychology, political science, history.

Our English and Film Studies programs offer students an opportunity to explore British, American, Canadian, and other literatures from the past and present in small classes with passionate instructors. Courses are organized in various ways: according to historical periods, nationalities, genres, themes, and theoretical issues.

Why study English and Film?

Students who study English or Film Studies have different backgrounds and interests. What they share is:

  • An enjoyment of reading different kinds of texts
  • An intellectual curiosity
  • An openness to new and different ways of thinking

At Booth University College, the most important things you will learn are the skills needed to think and evaluate judgments and engage in evaluation of others people’s judgments. In an ever changing world, these skills are highly valuable.

Courses in English and Film Studies are designed to teach you to:

  1. Think critically: understand and evaluate situations and draw conclusions
  2. Read critically: understand the subtleties of structure, genre, style and the motivations that drive them
  3. Communicate critically: write and argue evidence-based analysis

The objectives of English and Film Studies at Booth are to give students:

  • An understanding of the historical context of literature and film and how both have changed over time
  • An appreciation of texts from a variety of historical periods, styles, genres and national origins
  • Knowledge of contemporary developments in critical analysis and theory
  • A critical vocabulary to discuss and write about literature, film and related media

What can I do when I graduate?

With the critical and analytical skills you will have developed as an English major or Film Studies Double Major, a number of different career paths are open.

Some students enter the workforce directly. Most careers need people who can communicate effectively, and businesses often value the flexibility of humanities graduates.

Some students, after their foundational education in English or Film Studies, pursue further education. Many take professional training in areas like law, journalism, library sciences or education.


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