College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Minor in Film and Media Studies

The interdisciplinary minor in film and media studies explores mass culture in its visual manifestations and helps students develop an informed awareness of culture and media, ideological tendencies, and effects on daily experience. Committed to interdisciplinary studies, the program addresses the increasing complexity and multiplicity of visual cultures and offers students the tools with which to read a variety of texts, including film, television, video, and new media.

Most course work is offered through the Departments of Communication and English, with other courses available through the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and the Program in Film and Video Studies. The two required courses provide an introduction to the languages of film and popular media and modes of analysis appropriate to each. They are prerequisites for all advanced work in the minor. Students select four additional courses designed to introduce a more specialized level of study. Students may decide to focus on film, television, or the study of mass culture, or they may choose some mix of courses that suits their interests.

This is an interdisciplinary minor offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

For policies governing all minors, see the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Minor Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students pursuing this minor must complete 18 credits of coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor.

Two required courses (6 credits)

ENGH 372 - Introduction to Film Credits: 3

COMM 380 - Media Criticism Credits: 3

Four elective courses (12 credits)

Students need prior written approval of the FAMS director to apply these courses to the minor: ENGH 318, 319, 418, 419, 499 and FREN 470. FREN 470 also requires permission of the instructor. ENGH 470, 472, and 474 may be repeated for credit and applied to the minor if the topic is different.

COMM and AVT majors can only use 6 elective credits from their home department toward the FAMS minor.

Choose 12 credits from:

CHIN 320 - Contemporary Chinese Film Credits: 3

COMM 302 - Foundations of Media Theory Credits: 3

COMM 350 - Mass Communication and Public Policy Credits: 3

COMM 358 - Multi-Camera Studio Production Credits: 3

COMM 360 - Digital Postproduction Credits: 3

COMM 364 - Videography Credits: 3

COMM 365 - Gender, Race, and Class in the Media Credits: 3

COMM 366 - Visual Communication Credits: 3

COMM 452 - Media Production Practicum Credits: 1-3

COMM 456 - Comparative Mass Media Credits: 3

ENGH 318 - Introduction to Cultural Studies Credits: 1-3 (with permission of director)

ENGH 319 - Popular Culture Credits: 3 (with permission of director, can be repeated for credit when topic is different)

ENGH 362 - Global Voices Credits: 3 (with permission of director, can be repeated for credit when topic is different)

ENGH 370 - Introduction to Documentary Credits: 3

ENGH 371 - Television Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 418 - Cultural Constructions of Sexualities Credits: 3 (with permission of director)

ENGH 470 - RS: Topics in Film/Media History Credits: 3 (can be repeated for credit when topic is different)

ENGH 472 - Topics in Film/Media Theory Credits: 3 (can be repeated for credit when topic is different)

ENGH 474 - Topics in Film/Media Studies Credits: 3 (can be repeated for credit when topic is different)

ENGH 419 - Topics in Popular Literature Credits: 3 (with permission of director)

ENGH 499 - Independent Study Credits: 1-6 (with permission of director)

FAVS 365 - Documentary Filmmaking Credits: 3

FAVS 399 - Special Topics in Film and Video Studies Credits: 1-3 (can be repeated for credit if topic is different)

FREN 470 - French and Francophone Cinema Credits: 3

FRLN 331 - Topics in World Cinema Credits: 3

JAPA 320 - Japanese Cinema Credits: 3

MUSI 301 - Music in Motion Pictures Credits: 3

RUSS 470 - Topics in (Post) Soviet Film Credits: 3 (with permission of FAMS director and the instructor)

Total: 18 credits

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