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Interdisciplinary Minor in Cinema and Media Studies

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: Race, Culture, Identity and Achievement
  • 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 ( or Ellen Grabiner (