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I've wondered about this issue as well.  I teach a few film classes (one undergraduate "film as literature" and a few graduate in film as literature and rhetoric), and people in history and art and dance, for example, offer film classes from time to time.  

I'd like to look into starting an interdisciplinary film studies minor, but one concern I have is accrediting agencies (ours is SACS) which require 18 hours of graduate course work in the discipline.  Has anyone had any experience in, not getting around that per se, but in convincing accrediting agencies that people in art, history, literature, etc. can teach film?

Or maybe we can't?
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  From: kenneth harrow 
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  Sent: Monday, July 24, 2006 11:42 AM
  Subject: Re: [SCREEN-L] Film study in the discipline of English


  my department at michigan state university has a film studies major 
  in the english dept itself.
  it is not simply a question of film courses, but an actual major 
  within the dept. i wonder how many others have this arrangement; and 
  i suppose that if professor gershovich wanted to contact the 
  co-chairs of the film program, he could do so. i imagine it is a 
  rarity to have this arrangement instead of a separate dept or a dept 
  in a com arts program
  ken harrow

  At 03:26 PM 7/24/2006, you wrote:
  >I'm not sure if there any many recent and comprehensive studies of 
  >these kinds, but a starting place might be guide to teaching film 
  >published by the Modern Language Association and edited by Gerald 
  >Mast.  It provides a brief essays on different aspects of teaching 
  >film within the English curriculum.  It's now out of print, but I 
  >recall seeing a notice that a new version of a similar book for MLA 
  >is in the works.
  >
  >Don Larsson
  >
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  >beginning of consciousness to the end."  --Virginia Woolf
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  >
  >Donald F. Larsson
  >Department of English, AH 230
  >Minnesota State University
  >Mankato, MN  56001
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  >________________________________
  >
  >From: Film and TV Studies Discussion List on behalf of Mikhail Gershovich
  >Sent: Mon 7/24/2006 9:25 AM
  >To: [log in to unmask]
  >Subject: [SCREEN-L] Film study in the discipline of English
  >
  >
  >
  >Can anyone direct me scholarly materials on the development of film study
  >within English departments?
  >
  >I'm  especially interested in 1) histories of film study as situated within
  >English departments and 2) perspectives on the role of film studies within
  >the broader function of the college English department (as the locus of
  >literary study, composition instruction, etc.)
  >
  >Mikhail Gershovich
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