Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Assess films, film culture and film history using film theory.
  • Specify relationships between film form and meaning using close textual analysis.
  • Analyze the relevance of global cinema history to film production.
  • Identify social, political and aesthetic elements of cinema.
  • Research and formulate theoretical questions and synthesize original scholarship in appropriate written form.
  • * Construct short films in a variety of modes possibly including narrative, documentary, animated and promotional.

The Film Studies minor emphasizes an interdisciplinary study of film and media, critical thinking, creative exploration and skill development by combining the study of film history and theory with the art and practice of filmmaking. Students may write, produce, direct and edit narrative, documentary and experimental shorts while studying histories and theories of the moving image.

Only minor courses with a grade of C- or higher will be accepted for credit in the minor.

Required Courses
COMM-ST 230Introduction to Film Studies3
COMM-ST 339Introduction to Film Theory3
Electives 1
Select four of the following:12
Film Adaptation
Introduction to Film and Video Production
Mass Media, Culture And Society
Concepts of the Hero in Ancient Literature and World Cinema
Rhetorical Theory And Criticism
German Film (Focus A)
Art of the Short Film
Fundamentals Of Writing For The Media
Introduction to Screenwriting
Radio Production I
Intermediate Media Production
History Of The Film Industry
Narrative Production
Documentary Film History
Documentary Production
The World(s) Of Alfred Hitchcock
Topics in World Cinema
Topics in Sound & Cinema
Topics in Gender and Cinema
Advanced Screenwriting
Client-Based Media Production
Advanced Media Production
Directing Actors and Scenes
Media Law
Communication Studies Activities
Total Credits18