Graduate Certificate in Documentary Film, American Studies

Designed to augment social science and humanities graduate students' education and training for employment inside and outside of the academy, this certificate program covers 1) the historical development and distinctive attributes of documentary film, including the genre's impressive capacity for drawing large viewerships and, with that, communicating research-based knowledge to general publics; and 2) the production of documentary text--from conceiving of a topic and "storyboarding" a narrative; to taking interviews; to composing and filming a variety of shots; and to editing visual and audio material into final digital form. The program broadly defines documentary film to facilitate understanding and production of texts from YouTube-like social media to feature-length theatrically-released films.

Completion of 12 credits, no more than 6 credits at the 300-level.

*Required courses*

AMST 425 Community Study through Documentary Film (3)

AMST 433 Documentary Film Production (3)
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*Two courses in consultation with Graduate Certificate Director; possible courses include:*

HIST 438 -Techniques in Public History:Legal and Ethical Concerns in Documentary Work

COMM 318 - Globalization and Communication

HIST 305 - Public History

HIST 336 - Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley

HIST 337 - History and Community Memory

JOUR 325 - New Media and Social Change