Film Studies

Film studies provides a forum for the rigorous analysis of visual, textual and verbal methods of communication. The film studies minor integrates offerings from several academic departments and programs to provide you with aesthetic, cultural and historical approaches to cinema and visual culture. You’ll learn to analyze and interpret visual images and engage with an array of cinematic works and styles from around the world and throughout the history of the medium.

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Rigorous analysis of cinema

The film studies minor draws on courses from multiple departments to allow you to delve into the cultural impact of film.

Related majors

If you wish to extend your film studies minor, you may consider a major that allows senior projects involving the critical study of film, such as comparative languages and linguistics (CLL) and Japanese studies.

Practical application

The minor offers the option to apply theory to artistic practice through a course in video production. Student employment positions on campus can also be a great way to gain practical experience.

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Our faculty

As an interdisciplinary program that examines issues through multiple lenses, our faculty comes from a variety of departments, including philosophy, English and art.

Program details

The film studies minor draws on courses from multiple departments to allow students to delve into the cultural impact of film.

To earn a minor in film studies, you must complete five (5) of the following courses:

  • FILM 215 Introduction to film studies
  • FILM 252 Philosophy and Film Theory
  • FILM 275 Video Production
  • FILM 300 Topics in film studies
    (can be taken more than once with a different topic)
  • FILM 330 Postcolonial Theory
  • FILM 332 Hispanic Film Series/Studies
  • FILM 342 film studies and Japanese Cinema
  • FILM 346 Classic and Contemporary German Film
  • FILM 349 National Security Policy Via Film
  • FILM 350 Topics in French (when a film-related topic)
  • MUS 472 Orchestration and Film Scoring

View a full list of courses and their descriptions.

If you wish to extend your film studies minor, may consider majors that allow senior projects involving the critical study of film, such as comparative languages and linguistics (CLL) and Japanese studies.

View a full list of majors, applied minors and minors.

Whether you want to pursue a career in filmmaking or just love cinema, the film studies minor can offer you a way to bring your passion into the classroom.

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