The Film Studies minor provides an interdisciplinary program of study that seeks to understand film as an art form, as a medium of communication, and as a cultural force for shaping attitudes, values, and views of the world.
You'll have courses in film analysis and interpretation through the communication studies, English, philosophy, and theatre arts departments. This minor offers off-campus study through the Los Angeles Film Studies Center.
Why should I study film studies?
Moving pictures are still one of the most powerful forms of media today. The increasing accessibility of video technology means skills in the analysis and critique of visual storytelling are applicable to a growing number of career fields.
What can I do with this degree?
Many students have used this minor as a complement to their majors in philosophy, English literature, biblical and theological studies, history, theatre, art, and even physics. Some of our alumni have used this minor to gain positions in film criticism and reviewing.
What skills will I develop?
- Film analysis and interpretation
- Understanding the various contexts (historical, cultural, technological, aesthetic) that effect filmmaking and film interpretation
- Critical thinking
- Film production
- Cnematic styles
- Storytelling through visual and artistic means
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
Off-campus study is a highlight of this minor. While not required, students are encouraged to spend a semester at the LA Film Studies Center. Students acquire skills in creating, developing, and producing compelling stories through film. This program includes an internship in Hollywood.