Watching Movies For Class Credit. Seriously.

Shayna Goldberger Shayna, Why USC

When you think of the classes an engineering student takes in college you might it’s all really complicated math, lots of theoretical science, long labs with crazy chemicals, and highly technical, focused classes on the particular type of engineering. While those are a big part of an engineering curriculum (but in reality, aren’t as scary as they may seem), while at USC I’ve gotten to take a wide range of classes, in many of the different schools!

I’m currently taking my all time favorite of those, and one of the most popular classes offered. It’s called Theatrical Film Symposium, is run out of the School of Cinematic Arts, and has been taught by Professor (and renowned film critic) Leonard Maltin for over a decade. Every Thursday night, from 6:00-10:00 pm, I get to watch a movie in one of the film school’s incredible screening rooms (like a regular movie theater, but better) that hasn’t been publicly released yet. As if watching movies wasn’t cool enough, after the screening one (or more) people who worked on the film come for a Q&A about their job, and how the movie came together.

Does this have anything to do with my major? No. Do I want to work in the entertainment industry some day? Also, no. Do I like watching movies? Yes. And that’s the only prerequisite for taking this class (that, and registering for it before all the spots are taken!). So far, we’ve seen Home Again, Rebel in the Rye, American Assassin, American Made, and Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Very excited for what’s to come this semester!

About the Author

Shayna is a senior studying EE. She spends most of her time finding a dog to play with, and singing along to ’90s hits. Click above to find out more.


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