Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2015-31
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Kathleen Puckett, Chair
Date of First Reading: December 1, 2014
Date of Second Reading: January 26, 2015
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – School of International Letters and Cultures – for the establishment of an undergraduate certificate – International Cinema
Action Requested: The Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee recommends University Senate approval of a proposal submitted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – School of International Letters and Cultures – for the establishment of an undergraduate certificate – International Cinema
Rationale: The power of international cinema lies in its ability to underscore national differences and engage diverse viewpoints. The certificate program in international cinema provides undergraduates with the means to explore and understand the role that international film plays in highlighting cultural diversity; reflecting the sociocultural, political, and economic currents of the period and cultural setting depicted; and calling into question an accepted idea of the dominance of Hollywood film. The certificate provides an integrated pathway through the variety of international film courses already offered in the School of International Letters and Cultures.