Film Studies - Minor

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Film Studies prepares undergraduate students to think and write critically about film and media from multiple perspectives. The minor offers courses in the history, criticism, and theory of film and media, and provides opportunities to pursue analyses of the aesthetic, cultural, economic, technological, and international dimensions of film. The foundational courses, FILM 251/ENGL 251 and FILM 299, set the stage for advanced courses in Film. A major goal of the program is to connect the student’s major field of study with an understanding of film’s cultural and social significance.  Drawing from the expertise of affiliated faculty across the College of Liberal Arts, the minor can be tailored to the student's interests. The minor culminates in a Senior Seminar involving research on a special topic in the study of film.

The minor in Film Studies supports student development for any career field because it provides opportunities for students to obtain skills that are critical to success in today's workplaces: critical thinking, problem solving, oral and visual communication, writing, research, cultural understanding, and global perspectives. The Film Studies minor builds foundational skills for student success, leadership in the workplace, future graduate studies, and becoming an informed citizen.

Required courses:
FILM 251/ENGL 251Introduction to Film Analysis3
FILM 299History of Film3
FILM 481Seminar in Film Studies3
Select three of the following:9
Special Topics in...
Sex, Gender and Cinema
Media Industries
Documentary Cinema
Advanced Film
Literature and Film
Philosophy, Film and Evil
Studies in Film Genre
Africana Cinema
National Cinema History
Intermedia Performance
European Cinema
Propaganda and Dissidence
The Ancient World in Film
French Film
German Film
Rhetoric of Television and Film
Italian Cinema
Chinese Film
Special Topics in...
American Society and Culture Since 1877
Hispanic Film
Total Semester Credit Hours18

Students must make a grade of "C" or better in all courses.