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 Co-Directors Jamie McDaniel or Casie Hermansson in the Department of English or the English Department 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 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 320 – Literature and Film6
ENGL 558 – Topics in Film Studies7
ENGL 501 – Document Design
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: Introduction to the Visual Arts
COMM 200-01: Introduction to Mass Communication
COMM 274-01, 02, 03: Introduction to Audio and Video Production
COMM 374-01: Broadcast Writing
COMM 590-01: Sports, Media, and Society
COMM 626-01: Law of Mass Communication
COMM 715-01: Documentary Filmmaking
COMM 726-01: Media Analysis and Criticism
ENGL 305-01: Introduction to Film Studies
ENGL 320-98, 99: Literature and Film
ENGL 556/756-01: Writing about Popular Culture
ENGL 557/757-01: Rhetoric of Gaming
MLL 457-01: Hispanic Culture and Civilization
PHIL 313-01: Philosophy of Art
See schedule of classes for course times and additional information.