The interdisciplinary Minor in Film and Media Studies allows students to develop visual literacy through a focus on the history and criticism of film and media. A strong curriculum centers on critical analysis of cultural artifacts (traditionally, within the realm of print media – poetry, short stories, novels, plays, speeches, essays, etc.). Succeeding personally and professionally in the 21st century will be a challenge for any young person who has not developed visual literacy skills in order to "read" and interpret a wide variety of media resources. Students take courses in multiple disciplines, making the minor complementary to many majors.
For more information, please contact Casie Hermansson in the English Program or the English Program Office at 235-4689.
The Minor requires completion of a core set of classes as well as a series of electives that students can tailor to their interests.
COMM 200 – Introduction to Mass Communication1
ENGL 305 – Introduction to Film Studies
ENGL 120 or ENGL 320 – Literature and Film
ENGL 558 – Topics in Film Studies
ART 178 – Introduction to the Visual Arts
ART 688 – History of Modern Art
COMM 274 – Introduction to Audio and Video Production
COMM 374 – Broadcast Writing3
COMM 480 – Explorations in Communication4
COMM 590 – Sports, Media, and Society
COMM 626 – Law of Mass Communication
COMM 715 – Documentary Filmmaking5
COMM 726 – Media Analysis and Criticism
ENGL 305 – Introduction to Film Studies6
ENGL 120 or ENGL 320 – Literature and Film6
ENGL 558 – Topics in Film and Media Studies7
POLS 412 – Law in Literature and Film
Other courses approved by the Director of the Film and Media Studies Minor (3 - 12 credits)
1Communication students for whom COMM 200 is a required major course should substitute an appropriate elective in consultation with the Minor’s director.
2Students are not allowed to take more than two lower-level elective courses to fulfill the minor.
3COMM 274 is a pre-requisite.
4When an appropriate film or media studies topic is offered.
5COMM 274 and COMM 374 are pre-requisites.
6If not taken as part of the core.
7May be repeated if topic varies.
ART 178-01: Intro to the Visual Arts
ART 178-02: Intro to the Visual Arts
ART 688-01: History of Modern Art
COMM 200-01: Intro to Mass Communication
COMM 200-02: Intro to Mass Communication
COMM 274-01: Intro to Audio/Video Production
COMM 274-02: Intro to Audio/Video Production
COMM 274-03: Intro to Audio/Video Production
COMM 374-01: Broadcast Writing
COMM 480-01: Screenwriting
COMM 623-01: History of Mass Communication
COMM 626-01: Law of Mass Communication
ENGL 306-01: Theories and Technologies of Writing
ENGL 558-99: Topics in Film and Media Studies— Film about Film
MLL 475-01: Latin American Novels and Films
See schedule of classes for course times and additional information.