Film Studies Minor

Develop your appreciation and analysis of film and learn to evaluate film in a sophisticated way with a minor in Film Studies. By taking courses in several departments including Art, English, History, Theatre, Sociology, and Communication Studies, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of film production and the impact of film on viewers and society. The program aims to make students more perceptive and knowledgeable viewers and critics of the films of the past and of the future.

Minor in Film Studies (15 hours)

One course from each of the following three categories.
Two additional courses from any category.


Category 1: Film Interpretation/Criticism
These courses focus on the art and language of film. Courses are designed to encourage students to think and write critically about films as a text and to examine how the medium affects them.

  • ART 366 Cyberfeminism/New Media
  • ENLT 210 Shakespeare: Page, Stage and Screen
  • ENLT 266 Film Criticism
  • ENLT 268 From Fiction to Film
  • ENLT 367 Women in Film
  • HIST 321 The American West
  • MLIT 320 Italian Cinema

Category 2: Political Economy of Film
These courses focus on the social, political, and legal conditions that shape the production/content/distribution/and access of films, and will enable student to better understand the structural and cultural factors influencing the types of films created with specific symbolic meanings.

  • COMM 210 Mass Communication: Past, Present, Future
  • COMM 330 Critical Issues in Mass Communication
  • COMM 383 Art and Entertainment Law
  • SOC 382 Sociology of Popular Culture

Category 3: Film Production/Visual Arts
These courses encourage students to be active participants in the imaginative and expressive faculties of the creative process and require a hands-on approach to the process of artistic creativity. They will better enable students to appreciate the technical and creative issues involved in cinematic production.

  • ART 103 2D Design
  • ART 221 Photography I
  • ART 223 Introduction to Digital Photography
  • ART 224 Video Art
  • ART 266 Introduction to New Media
  • COMM 260 Digital Video Production
  • COMM 486 Practicum/Production
  • THTR 205 Introduction to Acting