Minor Requirements

The film studies minor consists of three required courses that offer a grounding in key areas: history, analysis, and filmmaking. Students can then choose one of two tracks for their remaining courses. To complete the minor, students must take a total of at least eighteen (18) credit hours in approved film studies courses.

Film studies minors also will be required to give a public presentation of their work in the spring of their senior year as part of the Annual Juried Student Art Show or spring film festival (in development). Minors may show a clip from an original film, read an excerpt from a screenplay, or read from an analysis written in one of their film studies courses.

Required courses

ARDE 12500INTRODUCTION TO FILMMAKING:CM4
or ARDE 23600 EXPERIMENTAL FILMMAKING:CM
ENGL 20300INTRO TO FILM ANALYSIS:IM (previously offered as ENGL 33200)3
ENGL 25700HISTORY OF FILM AND CINEMA:IM4

Minors must select one of the two following tracks to complete their minor requirements (total minimum 18 credit hours).

Creative Filmmaking Track

In addition to the three required courses above, choose two to three courses from among the following courses to reach a total of at least eighteen (18) credit hours:

ARDE 10200COLOR AND DESIGN:CM4
or ARDE 11000 BEGINNING DRAWING:CM
ARDE 12300DIGITAL IMAGING:CM4
ARDE 12500INTRODUCTION TO FILMMAKING:CM (if not taken as one of the required courses)4
ARDE 23600EXPERIMENTAL FILMMAKING:CM (if not taken as one of the required courses)4
COMM 23700MEDIA LAW & ETHICS:ES3
PERF 15000INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE:IM3
WRIT 30900CRAFT & TECH: SCREENWRITING:CM4

In particular, minors in this track are highly recommended to take WRIT 30900: Craft and Technique: Screenwriting.

Critical Film Studies Track

In addition to the three required courses above, choose two to three courses from among the following courses to reach a total of at least eighteen (18) credit hours:

CLAS 24700THE ANCIENT WORLD IN FILM:CA3
COMM 23700MEDIA LAW & ETHICS:ES3
COMM 24800MEDIA AND MULTICULTURALISM:UD4
ENGL 26100SHAKESPEARE:IM (when course topic is film-related) 13
ENGL 33200STUDIES IN GENRE:IM (when course topic is film-related) 13
INTD 21100SEMINAR IN ASIAN STUDIES (when course topic is film-related) 14
PERF 12000CINEMEXICANIDAD:MEXCULTR:CA,EW4
PSYC 22500PSYCHOLOGY & FILM:ES3
SPAN 24000SPAN/LATIN AMERICAN FILM:CA,EW4
PERF 15000INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE:IM3
PERF 28000SEM: (Hollywood Renaissance)3
PERF 28000SEM: (Film of the 1960s and 70s)3
WRIT 30900CRAFT & TECH: SCREENWRITING:CM4
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Course content varies. Consult with a film studies advisor to confirm that the content of this course meets the film studies minor requirement.