Film Studies


The minor in film studies is designed for students who wish to extend their critical understanding of visual communication and narrative form by studying how movies tell stories, convey information and influence audiences. Because the program is cross disciplinary, it examines films as both art and entertainment, bringing together the literary traditions of English and the communication perspectives of media arts and design. Together, the aim is to explore cinema's pictorial "language," investigate its commercial consequences and evaluate its impact across cultures as a medium for enacting the human story.


A total of six credit hours may be double-counted between the minor and major. More information is available from the film studies adviser of the School of Media Arts and Design or the Department of English.


Required Courses Credit Hours
ENG 381. An Introduction to Film to 1960 3
SMAD 460. Movies and Society 3
Select no fewer than four courses from the following: 12
ENG 302. Special Topics (when topic is film)  
ENG 382. An Introduction to Film Since 1960  
ENG 383. Major Film Genres  
ENG 384. Major Film Directors  
ENG 412. Special Topic Seminars (when topic is film)  
SMAD 371. Narrative Media Studies  
SMAD 461. Movies as Art  
SMAD 462. Documentary in Film and Television  
SMAD 463. Film Adaptations  
SMAD 498. Senior Seminar (when topic is film)