Minor in Film

Drawing from various departments - including administration of justice, art, English, theater, modern and classical languages, social work and religious and theological studies - this interdisciplinary minor focuses on the study of film as one of the most important sources of fictional and nonfictional narratives in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The minor introduces students to the complex ways films make meaning, allows them to study the aesthetics of the form and gain an awareness of the cultural and institutional values in cinema, and helps them explore the histories of national cinemas and cinema as a global phenomenon. It also introduces students to the "canon" of great films and filmmakers - and to the many challenges to that canon - and looks at issues of race, gender, ethnicity and other identities.

The minor offers dedicated advising from the coordinator, Dr. D. Matthew Ramsey. To complete the minor, students take a minimum of six courses (18 credits).

Required courses:

  • Film and Literature
  • History of Cinema
  • Film Theory
  • Three of the following: American Prisons as Depicted in Film and TV, Film, Art and Society, World Cinema, Special Topics in Film, Special Topics in Hispanic Cinema or Script Analysis

Film-related courses in other departments and special topics courses in the Department of English may also count toward the minor. Students must consult with the department chair to exercise this option.