About Film Studies


Requirements for the Minor in Film

A Film Studies minor requires a minimum of 18 credits, including the required two core courses: FILM 170 and FILM 480, three courses exploring the historical contexts of film from cultural and historic perspectives, and one course engaging film from a practical application, such as Screenwriting, Acting for the Camera, or Video Production.

Students will have opportunities to experience practical aspects of film production, but this minor emphasizes the history of film's narrative structures, its role as a medium of cultural expression, and the theories, methodologies and criticisms within film studies.

The goals for students within the film studies minor are:

  • Acquisition of cinema fundamentals including narration, aesthetics, and interpretation.
  • Experimentation with the critical tools necessary through the analysis of films within the broader context of a liberal arts education.
  • Articulation, via critical writing and analysis, of film as a mode of expressive communication in both historical and cultural contexts.
  • Demonstration of practical film application via screenwriting, acting for the camera, or video production.