As one of five programs within the OSU English Department, the Screen Studies program incorporates film studies, television studies, and studies in new media. The program’s most distinctive feature is the special emphasis that we give to theoretical questions about the moving image—questions that do not in any way abandon historical reflection, but instead understand history and theory as necessarily related enterprises. The interdisciplinary nature of the program emphasizes scholarship and coursework across disciplines, and encourages diverse research approaches to film and media, whether avant-garde or genre, American or international, classical or contemporary.
Housed in historic Morrill Hall, Screen Studies offers courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Undergraduate students may elect the Screen Option as part of their Bachelor's degree in English, while graduate students may pursue both the Master's degree and the Ph.D. in English with emphasis in Screen Studies. Courses cover a wide array of moving image productions and contexts—both American and international, fiction and non-fiction, narrative and avant-garde—and focus on the history, theory and aesthetics of screen-based representations, as well as their cultural and political impact.
At the graduate level, we seek students who want to immerse themselves in critical theory as a way of opening up new ways of thinking about the moving image. In turn, we take seriously the idea that moving image theory itself should be better recognized as a form of social and philosophical reflection. We invite you to look at some selected recent graduate course offerings in Screen Studies.
Recent or ongoing theses and dissertations by graduate students in the Screen Studies
• A theory of cinematic quotation
• Queer representation in global cinema
• Ethnicized masculinity in silent cinema
• Figures of migration in E.U. cinema
• Film schools and neoliberal film production
• Feminist appropriation of masculine genres across media
Graduate students teach courses in the popular undergraduate Screen Studies track.
Teaching assistantships and other forms of support (including tuition waivers) are
available; they are awarded on a competitive basis.
OSU undergraduate English majors may elect to pursue the Screen Option, which provides
students with a broad knowledge of film history, theory, genre, international cinema,
and television studies. For further information on the Screen Option, contact Clarissa Bonner, undergraduate advisor for the English Department.
The course of study for an M.A. in English with a concentration in Screen Studies
includes 30 hours of coursework. Students are required to take an introduction to
graduate study and an introduction to the teaching of composition; six hours are for
the writing of a thesis. The remaining coursework is determined by the student in
conjunction with his or her advisor and/or advisory committee. Students take comprehensive
exams after completing their coursework.
The course of study for a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Screen Studies
includes 60 hours of coursework (at least 40 credits of coursework, 15-20 dissertation
hours). Students are required to take an introduction to graduate study and an introduction
to the teaching of composition (unless they have already done so as part of our M.A.
program); 15-20 hours are for the writing of a dissertation. The remaining coursework
is determined by the student in conjunction with his or her advisor and/or advisory
committee. Students take comprehensive exams after completing their coursework.
Jeff Menne, Professor, Department Head, and Director of Screen Studies (Ph.D. Vanderbilt), specializes
in postwar American film and media, both Hollywood and the avant-garde. He is the
author of two books (Francis Ford Coppola and Post-Fordist Cinema: Hollywood Auteurs
and the Corporate Counterculture) and co-editor of a third (Film and the American
Presidency). He is the associate editor of JCMS, and has published articles in numerous
journals and anthologies. He teaches graduate courses on New Hollywood, Film and Media
Avant-Gardes, and Critical Theory.
Stacy Takacs, Professor of American Studies (Ph.D. Indiana), is an associate of the Screen Studies
Program. Her research focuses on the history of television and its role in the mediation
of power relations, especially with regard to globalization and US militarism. She
is the author of two books (Terrorism TV: Popular Entertainment in Post-9/11 America
and Interrogating Popular Culture) and co-editor of a third (American Militarism on
the Small Screen). She is also co-editor of the War on Screen book series from University
of Kansas Press and has published articles in numerous journals and anthologies. She
teaches graduate courses on TV Criticism, TV History, and Media Convergence.
Graig Uhlin, Associate Professor (Ph.D. New York University), researches at the intersection of film studies and the environmental humanities, with
a focus on the role of non-human nature within modernist and avant-garde film practices.
He has published essays addressing writing film history under the Anthropocene, ecocinema
and affect theory, cinematic depictions of monkeywrenching or ecological sabotage,
and vegetal metaphors in film theory. He teaches courses in film and media theory,
international cinema (especially French film), and the environmental humanities.
Find out about course offerings at the Course Offerings Page.
Community and Film Series
The Screen Studies program is also home to a lively film series, Exciterbulb, which is strictly devoted to screening avant-garde films and videos in their original
formats. In conjunction with the series we regularly bring in avant-garde film and
video artists to screen and talk about their work. Our graduate students are thus
in a relatively unique position to work on avant-garde media and to cross the theory/practice
divide by engaging in conversations with artists such as Michelle Citron, Ken Jacobs,
Mary Beth Reed, and Phil Solomon.
The OSU Film Society is the official student organization of the Oklahoma State University Screen Studies Program. CRASS meets monthly during Spring and Fall semesters and is dedicated to unearthing obscure and hard-to-find narrative films, while providing a forum for informal discussion and cooperative research within OSU's Screen Studies community.