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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Film Studies Minor

University Park: College of Communications and College of the Liberal Arts (FLMST)

The joint minor in Film Studies sponsored by the College of Communications and the College of the Liberal Arts offers students in a variety of disciplines outside of the College of Communications an opportunity to learn more about a visual medium that relates in many ways to other fields such as theatre, literature, history, and art. The focus of this minor is on critical, aesthetic, and historical studies of film, not on the art of filmmaking. The minor enables students to see how the medium influences--and is influenced by--disciplines outside their specialization. Courses listed for the minor give students a deeper appreciation of the historical development of film during the 20th century. Offerings on cinema from a variety of countries allow students to frame the medium in a global context.

The minor is housed in and administered by the College of Communications but is jointly managed by the Film/Video and Media Studies Department and the French Department. The heads of these units or their designated representatives will chair on a rotating basis the Interdepartmental Film Studies Committee that will make decisions concerning requirements for the minor, including prescribed and supporting courses. The minor is not available to students enrolled in any of the majors in the College of Communications.

Students will choose an adviser from a list of committee members drawn from all participating areas--French, English, German, Italian, Comparative Literature, and Film/Video and Media Studies. In addition to two basic required courses (6 credits), students enrolled in the minor will take an additional 12 credits from a list approved by the Interdepartmental Film Studies Committee. Six of those credits must be at the 400 level. All required and most supporting courses are taught in English. Courses taught in a foreign language are indicated with a footnote.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)


COMM 150 GA(3), COMM 250 GA(3) (Sem: 1-6)

Select 12 credits from an approved department list in consultation with an adviser (6 credits must be at the 400 level) (Sem: 5-8)


Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2004

Blue Sheet Item #: 32-05-044

Review Date: 3/2/04




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