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Film Studies Minor


Film Studies is a minor administered by the English Department.  The program offers a minor to students with an interest in film studies and filmmaking in addition to their major.  The orientation is aesthetic but also eclectic: it includes the study of cinema as an art, whatever the genre (narrative, documentary, animation, experimental) or mode of representation (filmmaking, screenwriting, television production, digital, internet).  The curriculum is enriched by faculty in other departments and by visiting scholars, filmmakers and screenwriters.  Senior film projects are encouraged and supported.


I. Two core courses:

  • FS 212: Basic Filmmaking and
  • FS 215: Introduction to Film Studies

II. One additional unit in film history/criticism:

  • FS 315: Film History and Theory
  • FS 205: Topics in Cinema
  • FS 220: Blacks and the Cinema or
  • FS 305: Advanced Topics in Cinema

III. One additional unit in filmmaking

  • FS 312: Advanced Filmmaking
  • FS 218: Topics in Filmmaking
  • FS 284: Beginning Screenwriting or
  • FS 318: Advanced Topics in Filmmaking.

Any two additional Film Studies units, not to include more than one unit of independent study.