Film Studies, Minor


Students in the film studies minor will:

  • Acquire knowledge for the history, culture, institutions, theoretical foundations and aesthetic of film.
  • Develop a strong basis for film literacy through the development of critical, analytical, and writing skills.
  • Develop creative practice for the understanding and application of various modes of visual and written storytelling.

The Film Studies minor encompasses courses across the College of Arts and Sciences, allowing students to acquire a knowledge and appreciation for film within multiple disciplines. Through the minor, students will gain an understanding for the art of cinema and how it is shaped and influenced through various fields of study.


Students must enroll in CMS 285 Intro to Film Studies. Students will then choose four electives from the approved list of courses. Three of those courses must be from outside a student’s major. For example, if a student is a Communication and Media Studies major they must take three courses that are not CMS courses such as Theatre or English courses.

CMS 285Intro to Film Studies3
FOUR elective courses
CMS 221Screenwriting3
CMS 3454
CMS 352Documentary Film3
CMS 353Film and Culture3
CMS 355Understanding Television3
CMS 360Special Topics3
CMS 375Women and Film3
ENG 367Global Shakespeare on Film3
PHI 328Philosophy of Film3
REL 399Topic: (The Bible and Film)3
SPA 319Latin America in Film3
THR 120Intro to Theatre Design3
THR 225Sound for the Theatre3
THR 425Directing3