Reel-World Experience

The film studies minor provides a unique perspective on film from a constellation of fields and disciplines within the School of Liberal Arts.

This minor will equip you with the tools to analyze the formal aspects of cinema, as well as its broader social, cultural and historical significance. You will also have the opportunity to learn film and video production techniques.

The minor is intended for students who’d like to better understand film history, analysis, video production and editing. It can lead to opportunities in filmmaking, directing, editing, film criticism and provide you with the background necessary to pursue graduate studies.

Course Requirements

You will need to complete a minimum of 18 credits, with a minimum of five courses (including two foundational courses and three elective courses) chosen from the list below. No more than two elective courses can be taken from the same department.

Foundational Courses (choose one)

ENG 2100 History of Film
FAA 2850 Movie Making
COM 3420 The Film Experience

Elective Courses
(choose four, with no more than two from the same department)

World Cinema (choose one)

FRE 3030 Cinema of the French Speaking World
FRE 3040W  Five Centuries of French Civilization in Films
ITA 2550 Italian-Americans and Film
ITA 2560W The Italian Southern Question in Literature and Film
ITA 2570 Italian Culture through Film I 
ITA 2580  Italian Culture through Film II

Communications, English, Fine Arts and Women’s and Gender Studies Courses (choose three)

COM 3312W Television Criticism
COM 3420 The Film Experience
COM 3422 Introduction to Television Production
COM 4011 Special Topics in Communication
ENG 2100 History of Film
ENG 3640 The Eighties: Literature, Film and Culture in the Blockbuster Era
ENG 3735 Hollywood’s America: Gender, Race and Class in American Cinema
ENG 3745 Green Screen: Environmental Film
ENG 3755  Special Topics: World Cinema
ENG 3760 Science Fiction Cinema
FAA 2220 Cartooning and Illustration
FAA 2450 Basic Digital Photography
FAA 2850 Movie Making
FAA 3840 2-D Animation
WGS 2420 Gender, Sex and Film
WGS 3120 Women and Film: The Politics of Representation