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The Interdisciplinary Minor in Film and Media Studies

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Film and Media Studies allows students to focus on the history and criticism of film and media. Student take courses in multiple disciplines, including anthropology, English, history, philosophy, and psychology, making the minor complementary to many majors. The interdisciplinary minor in Film and Media Studies allows students to learn about the cinema cultures of many countries and language groups, and it offers the freedom to explore such questions as the role of media in historical and social change, issues of media preservation, the relationship between technology and artistic expression, media’s relationship to cognition, and the study of media as a means of appreciating cultural diversity. Most of the courses focus on film, but courses in other media such as television, radio, photography, sound recording, video games, digital art, or the study of media industries, can also apply to the Minor.

Students should consult with the director, Dr. Allison Whitney, concerning course selection and progress toward the minor.

Requirements

The Minor requires 18 hours of coursework, and courses must be selected from at least 3 different departments. The College of Arts and Sciences requires that at least 6 hours be from upper division (Junior or Senior level) courses.

When courses not listed include substantial film and media content, students may petition to have those courses count toward the Minor. For example, many departments offer occasional “topics” courses that may include a film and media focus. Students should discuss such cases with the director as early as possible in the semester.

Required Courses

Choose two of the following, for 6 hours (students may repeat 3388 provided it is on a different topic).

Department

Course

Course Title

English

2388

Introduction to Film

English

3388

Film Genres

English

4315

Film and Literature

Electives

Choose up to 4 courses, for 12 hours.

Department

Course

Course Title

Anthropology

 

2306

Anthropology at the Movies

French

4308

French and Francophone Culture Through Film

German

3312

Literature of the Holocaust

History

3320

History of Film and American Society

History

4310

United States Foreign Relations Through Film

History

4377

Twentieth Century Britain in Film

Italian

3315

Italian Filmmakers

Italian

3390

Italian Cinema

Philosophy

3342

Philosophy and Film

Spanish

3391

Hispanic Film in Translation

Provisional Courses

These courses may count toward the Minor in semesters when students complete at least one major assignment on a film and media topic. Students must discuss this option with both the instructor and the director as early as possible in the semester. If approved, students must provide documentation to the director, including the syllabus, a note from the instructor, and the assignment itself.

Department

Course

Course Title

Arabic

3305

Introduction to Arab-Muslim Civilization

Psychology

 

3301

An Introduction to the Psychology of the Arts

Slavistics

3301

The Vampire in East European and Western Culture

Spanish

4332

Civilización Hispánica: Hispanic Civilization

Spanish

4337

Cultural Topics -Hispanic World