Film Studies Minor

The Film Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary program appropriate for students who wish to study both the practical and theoretical aspects of film and media production. The program provides a good foundation for understanding the main issues of film criticism and theory as well as basic training in documentary and video production. Combining introductory courses in film analysis and video production with electives from the Departments of Journalism and Mass Communication, History and Civilization, and Arts, Languages, and Literature, the minor complements the majors in each of these respective Departments.
The Minor in Film and Media Studies will enable students to: 

  • understand the vocabulary of film and film criticism;
  • understand the principles of video and documentary production;
  • analyze films in terms of their aesthetic, historical and political dimensions;
  • understand the relationship between film and historical representation; 
  • produce a short film. 

At least 2 of the 6 courses taken for the minor must be at the 300- or 400-level. 

Total: 6 courses 

Required Courses (2): 

ENG 220: Film Criticism
JMC 233: Introduction to Video Journalism 

Elective Courses (4): 

At least two from the following courses in Film Production: 

ENG 221: Introduction to Screenwriting
JMC 444: Documentary Filmmaking 

At least two from the following courses in Film Theory and History: 

ENG 320: Topics in Film
ENG 371: History, Memory and Narrative in Contemporary Balkan Cinema 
HTY 313: American History and Film
JMC 363: History of Documentary Film 

A student may undertake a project as an independent study with the approval of the Chairs of two departments involved in the Minor.

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