Film Studies

About the film studies minor

The film studies minor is an interdisciplinary program encompassing courses from across the College of Arts and Sciences, allowing students to acquire a knowledge and appreciation for film within multiple disciplines. Students gain an understanding for the art of cinema and how it is shaped and influenced through various fields of study.

What will a film studies minor help me do?

Students in the film studies minor will:

  • Acquire knowledge for the history, culture, institutions, theoretical foundations and aesthetic of film.
  • Develop a strong basis for film literacy through the development of critical, analytical, and writing skills.
  • Develop creative practice for the understanding and application of various modes of visual and written storytelling.

How do I minor in film studies?

The minor consists of five courses (15 credits)

  • The required core course, CMS 285: Introduction to Film Studies
  • Four elective courses from the approved list
  • At least three of the minor courses must be from outside your major department
  • You must complete a minor application form with the College of Arts and Sciences via myNU so that the minor will appear on your transcript

What courses are part of the minor?

Required Course:

CMS 285: Introduction to Film Studies

This is an introduction to the interpretation of cinema. Students learn the cultures, practices, genres, directors, theories, technologies, politics and economics that have influenced the development of motion pictures. Required for the Film Studies Minor.

Elective courses: Take any four (three must be from outside your major):

  • CMS 221/THR 221: Screenwriting
  • CMS 345: Video Production
  • CMS 352: Documentary Film
  • CMS 353: Film and Culture
  • CMS 355: Understanding Television
  • CMS/WMS 375: Women and Film
  • ENG 367: Global Shakespeare on Film
  • PHI 328: Philosophy of Film
  • REL 399: The Bible and Film
  • SPA 319: Through a Different Lens: Latin America in Film
  • THR 225: Sound for the Theatre
  • THR 425: Directing

Other film-related courses, internships, or independent studies are possible with the approval of the minor director.  Please contact Dr. Joseph Sirianni before registering for a course not on this list.