The Film Studies minor promotes the interdisciplinary examination of film as a unique media form with its own particular history, narrative elements, industrial structure, and profound political and cultural importance in contemporary society. The goal of this program is to enable you to think critically about the usual modes of consumption through which film is typically received as popular entertainment.
The Film Studies Minor promotes the interdisciplinary examination of film as a unique media form with its own particular history, narrative elements, industrial structure, and profound political and cultural importance in contemporary society. The goal of this program is to enable students to think critically about the usual modes of consumption through which film is typically received as popular entertainment.
The cornerstone of the program is a required lower-division course introducing the study and discussion of film through recognition and awareness of its various compositional elements and the specific terminology used in film studies. Through a variety of interdisciplinary courses in film, students will acquire an understanding of film theory and the ability to read film as primary material for analysis through such disciplines as film theory, literary theory, philosophy, political science, history, foreign languages, cultural studies and others.
Students completing a Film Studies minor will complement their majors with a basic understanding of film as an art form and a powerful medium of social provocation. They will understand the social, historic, and economic contexts for film, as well as the nature of mainstream film production and distribution, and issues surrounding the burgeoning growth of alternative film, international film, documentary film, art film, video art, and Internet distribution. Along with canonical and top-grossing film, curriculum will include smaller movies made by and for specific interest groups, such as ethnic, sexual, religious, or political minorities.
Perhaps most importantly, the Film Studies minor will provide students with the tools to analyze and reconsider film from a number of critical and creative perspectives, broadening their ability to appreciate, interrogate, and comprehend the most popular art from of the last century.
Minor in Film Studies - 18 Credits
Elective - 15 Credits
At least one 300-level course is required to complete the minor
- COMM 0206 - Video Production II
- COMM 0212 - Film and Gender
- COMM 0213 - Global Film Studies
- COMM 0233 - Documentary Film
- COMM 0245 - The Silent Film
- COMM 0310 - Digital Video Editing
- ENGL 0285 - Basics of Film Writing
- ENGL 0367 - Film Theory and Criticism
- ENGL 0393 - History and Development of Motion Pictures
- ENGL 0385 - Screenwriting for Feature Film
- ENGL 0391 - Special Studies in Film
- PHIL 0217 - Philosophy and Film
- POLS 0323 - Selected Topics in Political Science