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Film and Media Studies Minor

Film and Media Studies MinorThe 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 (jmcdaniel@pittstate.edu) or Casie Hermansson (chermansson@pittstate.edu) in the Department of English or the English Department Office at 235-4689.

Requirements for Minor

The Minor requires completion of a core set of classes as well as a series of electives that students can tailor to their interests.

Core (3 courses – 9 hours)

COMM 200 – Introduction to Mass Communication1          

Two of the following:     

ENGL 305 – Introduction to Film Studies

ENGL 320 – Literature and Film

ENGL 558 – Topics in Film Studies


Electives (4 courses – 12 hours in at least 2 Departments)2

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.


Courses Offered for Fall 2014

ART 178 - 01 Introduction to the Visual Arts

ART 470 - 02 Visual Storytelling

ART 470 - 03 Concept Design

ART 688 - 01 History of Modern Art

COMM 200 - 01 and 02 Introduction to Mass Communication

COMM 274 - 01, 02, and 03 Introduction to Audio and 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 320 - 98 and 99 Literature and Film

ENGL 501 - 01 Document Design

MLL 550 - 01 Hispanic Film

MLL 425 - 81 French Cinema

POLS 412 - 01 Law in Literature and Film

See schedule of classes for course times and additional information.