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Film Studies Minor

Department of Literature and Language


The Film Studies Minor seeks to educate students about film in an interdisciplinary context.

The goals of this program are:

  • to encourage serious consideration of film as an art form;
  • to explore film as a medium of communication;
  • and to examine the power of film in shaping attitudes, values, and our understanding of society and the world.

Courses are designed to provide students with knowledge of the techniques of the filmmaking process, the historical development of film as an institution, film theory, methods of critical analysis, and the relationship of film to broader issues within various disciplines. The Film Studies Minor requires 21 credit hours of coursework. A 9 credit hour core is required of all minors. Students may select 12 credit hours of guided elective courses to complete the minor course of study.

Required Core: 9 Credit Hours--each course counts for 3 credit hours

ENGL 3290 Introduction to Film Study
ENGL 3350 Film History
ENGL 4320 Film Criticism 

Guided Electives (from the following): 12 Credit Hours--each course counts for 3 credit hours

ENGL 4290 Film Genres
ENGL 4340 Topics in Film
ENGL 4350 National Cinemas
ENGL 4360 Screenwriting
ENGL 4507 Literature and Film
RTVF 3602 Video/Film Techniques
RTVF 4957 Topics in Radio-TV-Film
HIST 4957 Topics in History (only when topic is film-related; requires pre-approval)
SOCI 4957 Topics in Sociology (only when topic is film-related; requires pre-approval)

Total Credit Hours Required for Minor: 21 Credit Hours


With approval of the Film Studies Director, additional special topics courses may be counted in the minor; however, no courses counting toward the student's major may be counted toward satisfying the minor's requirements.

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