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 Date: May 22, 2008 Contact:  Paula Cobler, 361-570-4350

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Students can study film and religion in new UHV masterís degree concentrations


The University of Houston-Victoria will offer master's-level classes in film and religion starting in the fall as part of two new concentrations offered under the Masterís of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.


"These concentrations would be ideal for teachers of the humanities who want to add breadth to their backgrounds or for those seeking personal enrichment," said Bud Fairlamb, coordinator of the MAIS program and UHV professor of humanities and interdisciplinary studies.


People interested in teaching community college also may find the courses useful in gaining the required number of master's credit hours to teach, he said.


The MAIS degree requires successful completion of two concentrations. Film or religion can be taken as a first concentration requiring 12 to 15 hours or as a second concentration requiring nine to 12 hours.


Students in the religion concentration will take History of Christianity, Asian Culture and Religion, Media and Religion, and Philosophy of Religion.


Students in the film concentration will study Film Fantasy and Romance, Psychology in Film, Political Films, and Critical Theory and Film.


Both concentrations offer classes on selected topics that can change over time depending upon student interest and faculty expertise, said Jeffrey Di Leo, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, which oversees the MAIS program.


"These classes will offer students a unique view of two subject areas that play a great role in shaping society and culture," Di Leo said.


For example, the Psychology and Film class lets students study the psychological techniques embedded in screenplays and films that are used to generate audience interest and emotional participation.


"One of the key roles of a university is to deepen the knowledge and appreciation for knowledge among those who walk our hallowed halls," Di Leo said. "These concentrations achieve both of those goals. We hope to add similar horizon-expanding concentrations in the future."


For more information or to apply for the courses, contact senior recruiting specialist Tracey Fox at 361-570-4223 or



The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region, offers courses leading to more than 65 bachelorís and masterís degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development, and Nursing. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus as well as teaching sites in Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery counties, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. Since its founding in 1973, UHV has provided students with a quality university education from excellent faculty at an affordable price.