2021-2022 Catalog 
    
    Nov 29, 2021  
2021-2022 Catalog

Film Studies Minor


The film studies minor is an interdisciplinary minor which provides students interested in film study an opportunity to declare and document this interest. Studying film develops both visual literacy and language analysis skills. In a media-saturated culture, these skills are especially important ones for students to cultivate. Motion pictures are no longer confined to the big screen, but are viewed by millions of people worldwide on screens of all sizes. The advent of relatively inexpensive, highly portable, and user-friendly video cameras and editing equipment has vastly expanded the number of people worldwide who are making and distributing movies. The skill to analyze and comment intelligently on these ubiquitous cultural artifacts is essential to the liberally educated in the Twenty-first Century. Students can also develop basic filmmaking skills. The minor consists of five units.

Minor Requirements


Core Curriculum


Five units are required. In addition to ENG 254 , which is required of all Film Studies minors, students must take at least 2 units from Group A and at least 1 unit from Group B.

Group A


Group A Courses with a primary focus on film (at least 2 units required for minor)

  • ENG 254  - Introduction to Film Studies
  • COMM 300 5  - Video Production
  • COMM 300 14  - Documentary Film and Video
  • ENG 100 6  - Narratives in Film and Television (.5 unit)
  • ENG 319  - Screenwriting
  • FREN 300 1  - French Language Film
  • SPAN 190 5  - Through the Spanish Lens: Contemporary Spanish Society and Culture Through Cinema (Honors Tutorial)
  • SPAN 190 6  - Through the Spanish Lens: Women Behind the Camera (Honors Tutorial)
  • FLMS 490/491/495 - *Students may take a maximum of 2 film-focused Ind. Studies (490), Directed Readings (491) or Internships (495).
  • SPAN 310  - Spanish Conversation and Culture through Film
  • MUS 300 9  - Analysis of Music in Film
  • DANC 190 2  - Dance Film - A Calculated Framing of Bodies (Honors Tutorial or Independent Study)
  • BWS 350  - Black Identity

 

Group B


Group B Courses with a significant focus on film or skills relevant to film (at least 1 unit required for minor)

  • COMM 100 1  - Communication Theory (offered in spring)
  • COMM 111  - Media History
  • COMM 111  - Media History (summer course)
  • COMM 200 3  - Digital Media I
  • COMM 200 4 - Media Literacy
  • COMM 300 2  - Intercultural Communication (offered in spring)
  • ART 355  - Photography I
  • ENG 100 7  - Exploring Creative Writing
  • ENG 480  - Advanced Creative Writing (Screenwriting)
  • FREN 300 3  - The Captive and Captivity in Contemporary Francophone N. Africa
  • FREN 300 4  - Contemporary Franco-Arab Cultural Exchanges
  • FREN 351  - Culture of Empire, Culture of Resistance
  • WGS 325  - Women and the Media
  • PHIL 201 1  - Zombie 101 - What Undead Teach Us
  • SOAN 117  - Social Problems in The Wire
  • SPAN 300 10  - Spanish Crime Fiction
  • SPAN 370  - The Child in Contemporary Latin American Literature and Film
  • SPAN 350  - Artistic Expressions of the Hispanic World
  • SPAN 367  - The Short Story, Short Prose Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • THEA 210  - Beginning Acting
  • THEA 260  - Activng Workshop I
  • JOUR 101  - Media History
  • PHIL 362  - Aesthetics
  • WGS 310  - Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies

 

Group C


Group C Cognate Courses (maximum of 3 units)

  • ART 111  - Survey of Art History
  • ART 112  - Two-Dimensional Design
  • ART 345  - Modern Art
  • ART 347  - Contemporary Art
  • ART 315  - Book Arts I
  • COMM 200 2  - Introduction to Visual Communication
  • ENG 250  - Introduction to Literary Study
  • ENG 180  - Narratives (1): The Short Story
  • MUS 105  - Appreciation of Music Literature
  • THEA 126  - Introduction to Technical Theatre
  • THEA 220  - Movement
  • THEA 369 /ENG 318  - Playwriting
  • THEA 380  - Directing for the Stage
  • THEA 256  - Elements of Design
  • DANC 315  - Composition and Coreography
  • THEA 200 1 - Script Analysis for Performance

Topic Dependent Courses (Groups A, B, or C)


Topic-dependent courses when the topic focuses on film. May count as Group A, B, or C, depending on the focus. Counting these courses in the major requires approval from the Film Studies Program Director.

  • FREN 499  - Seminar: Special Topics in French (Group A)
  • SPAN 499  - Seminar: Special Topics in Spanish (Group A)
  • ENG 484  - Seminar in British and Postcolonial Literature
  • ENG 486  - Seminar in American Literature
  • ENG 224 /BWS 224  - African American Images
  • ENG 268 /BWS 268  - Black Women’s Literary Traditions
  • ENG 369 /BWS 369  - Genre Studies in African American Literature
  • PHIL 310  - Special Topics in Philosophy: Philosophy and Film