Students will use terms and methods of film analysis effectively, and identify the
concepts used by film scholars from various perspectives.
Students will grasp film history in an international context, recognizing it as a
dynamic set of economic, sociopolitical, technological, and aesthetic confrontations.
Students will situate film as an element of culture - how it influences, and is influenced
by, the culture in which it is made; how film influences the ways we view ourselves
and others in cultural terms such as race, gender, economics, and history; and how
film is both an agent and result of social change.
Students will perform detailed film critiques in various media, critically evaluating
the use of formal elements, narrative structure, and the place of films in their historical
and cultural contexts.
The program offers an academic minor. The Film Studies minor provides students with
the skills and knowledge necessary to understand the nature and function of moving
images in contemporary global culture. The Film Minor deepens students’ understanding
of American and world history, communications and media, visual arts, and literature.
It will serve students in careers stemming from any of those fields.
Students must meet the university-wide graduation requirements in addition to the
124 total hours
30 upper division hours
WCore or Honors College requirements
Film Studies Minor
I. Lower Division Courses
Making Sense of Movies
Take one additional lower-division course from the following:
II. Upper Division Courses
Choose one of the following:
Humans, Monsters, and Things In-Between
Seeing Time: Science/Fiction & Film
Twelve additional credit hours in FILM courses (including the ones listed above) or related
electives, as approved by program chair, such as: