Interdisciplinary Minor in Cinema and Media Studies
The Department of English, in conjunction with the Department of Communications, is pleased to offer this interdepartmental minor. The minor covers the history, theory, criticism, and practice of the moving image, and aims to create active and critical viewers and producers of films and other audio-visual texts. The minor carries a five course load.
Students in the minor will learn:
1. The fundamental building blocks of film form, including mise en scene, editing, cinematography and sound.
2. To produce a piece of media (including film, photography and/or new media).
3. To distinguish between types of films (narrative, non-narrative, experimental, documentary) and well as film genres (comedy, film noir, western, musical).
4. To analyze how the images in film and media convey certain viewpoints or ideas.
5. To think about how media can be used in strategic and civic ways.
A Minor in Cinema and Media Studies Requires the Following:
English 195: Art of Film
English 221: The Critical Lens: Introduction to Film and Media Theory
Three Electives, Chosen from the Following:
Africana Studies 300: Black Popular Culture
Africana Studies 329: Tweeting Into the Future: Race, Technology & Social Media
Art/Communications 138: The Poetry of Photography*
Art/Communications 139: Introduction to Photography and the Digital Lab*
Art/Communications 232: Advanced Digital Photography*
Art/Communications 237: Advanced Black and White Photography*
Art/Communications 239: Documentary Photography*
Art 249: History of Photography
Art 256: Approaches to Contemporary Photography
Music 165: Music in Film
Chinese 214: Contemporary Chinese Cinema
Communications 120: Communications Media*
Communications 121: Visual Communications*
Communications 124: Media, Messages, and Society
Communications 222: Animation*
Communications 220: Video Production*
Communications 262: Media Convergence
Communications 263: Broadcast Writing
Communications 323: Digital Cultures: Communication and Social Media
Communications 333: Web II: Motion Graphics*
English 354: Studies in Film Genre
English 327: Race and Gender in Psychoanalytic Discourse
English 398: Feminist Media Studies
History 254: History Through Novels and Film
History 329: Film and Historical Representation
Philosophy 152: Philosophy Through Literature and Film
Spanish 314: Hispanic Culture as Seen through Film
** Restrictions on electives:
One elective must be a production class. (Production classes designated with *)
At least one elective must be at the 200 or 300 level.
No more than two photography classes will be counted toward the minor.
Affiliated Faculty Include:
Pamela Bromberg, Professor, Department of English
James Corcoran, Chair of the Department of Communications, Associate Professor of Communications
Marlene G. Fine, Professor, Department of Communications
Sheldon George, Associate Professor, Department of English
Ellen Grabiner, Associate Professor, Department of Communications
Kelly Hager, Chair of the Department of English, Associate Professor of English
Alister Ingles, Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Sarah Leonard, Associate Professor, Department of History
Suzanne Leonard, Assistant Professor, Department of English
Judy Richland, Lecturer, Department of Communications
Saher Selod, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Gregory Slowik, Associate Professor, Department of Art and Music
For more information on the minor please contact Suzanne Leonard (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ellen Grabiner (email@example.com)