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Film is both an art form and a powerful form of communication.

While completing a minor in film studies, we see you learning the basic techniques of creating films in a variety of formats—from 30-second TV commercials and YouTube videos to documentaries and feature films. More importantly, you will also discover how these films can affect society’s perceptions of the world—and how media creations can educate, shape opinions, and affect cultural values.

With a minor in film studies, you will be able to harness the power of film to create a career that is uniquely yours. This minor is valuable in a variety of fields, including:

  • Film and television production
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Journalism
  • Education
  • Politics
  • Social work
  • Psychology
  • Everyday life

Match Your Courses to Your Interests

While completing a minor in film studies, you’ll work closely with your advisor to develop a curriculum that best meets your academic and career goals. Among your many options, you may choose to:

  • Discover the impact that film has on children and young adults during “Race and Gender in the Media.”
  • Focus on the history of cinema and how it has shaped our society (and how your actions can impact our future society!) with “Film and History.”
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how film both entertains and influences society in our popular “Topics in Film,” which has featured topics ranging from American vampires to women in film.

Dive A Little Deeper

Requirements for the Film Studies Minor*

(18 credits minimum)

Required Course:
COM 140 Introduction to Film 3 credits

Five Other Courses, Chosen Among the Following Existing Courses:
COM 120 Introduction to New Media 3 credits
COM 121 Introduction to Animation 3 credits
COM 224 Intro to Video Production 3 credits
COM 240 History of Cinema 3 credits
COM 244 Topics in Film 3 credits (Can be taken twice; can be taken three times only after permission is given after a consultation with an advisor to the minor.)
COM 260 Motion Graphics 3 credits
COM 270 Race and Gender in the Media 3 credits
COM 272 Children and the Media 3 credits
COM 324 Video Production II 3 credits
ENG 180 Women Go to the Movies, or How to Read a Film 3 credits
HIS 220 Film and History  3 credits

*No more than two courses that count toward a student’s major may be used to satisfy the requirements for the Film Studies minor. Communication credits in the Film Studies minor can count toward a Communication minor, with the following restrictions: approval of advisor; no more than 6 credits total can count toward both minors.  A grade of C- or better is needed for courses that fulfill minor requirements. 

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