University Catalog 2023-2024

Film Studies (Minor)

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The Departments of English, Communication, Foreign Languages and Literatures, and the Programs in Interdisciplinary Studies contribute to a minor in Film Studies that is open to students across the university. The minor provides a comprehensive introduction to the art and industry of the cinema through courses in film analysis, history, theory, criticism, screen writing, and production. No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.

Admissions and Certification of Minor

Students can apply for admission to any university minor program in MyPack Portal. Admission will be based on the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Students can monitor their progress toward completing the minor by viewing their Minor Degree Audit online, anytime, in MyPack Portal. 

Questions regarding unmet course requirements on your Minor Degree Audit (indicated by a red ‘X’) should be directed to the Minor Coordinator, below.

Contact Person

Dr. Marsha Gordon
Director, Film Studies
257 Tompkins Hall

SIS code:  16FSM

Plan Requirements

  • Complete 15 credit hours at the 200 level or above.
  • No more than 6 transfer hours may be credited toward the minor.
  • Must maintain a ‘C’ average (2.0) in the minor and earn a grade of ‘C-‘ or better in all courses used toward the minor.
  • This minor is not open to students in the Film Concentration of the B.A. in English (16ENGLBA 16ENGLFLM) nor the students in the Film Studies Concentration of the B.A. in Arts Studies (16ARTSTBA 16ARTSTFLM).
  • A maximum of two (2) courses may be used (double-counted) towards both departmental major requirements and minor requirements.
Required Courses
ENG 282Introduction to Film3
Select one of the following:3
History of Film to 1940
History of Film From 1940
Elective Courses
Select three of the following:9
Writing About Film
History of Film to 1940 1
History of Film From 1940 1
African American Cinema
Women & Film
Film and Literature
Introduction to Film Theory
Advanced Screenwriting
Special Topics in Film Styles and Genres
Video Production
Film Production
The Heritage of French Cinema 2
New German Cinema and Beyond
Topics in Film and Interdisciplinary Studies (formerly MDS 496)
Total Hours15