The film studies minor provides an interdisciplinary program of study that seeks to understand film as an art form, a medium of communication, and a cultural force for shaping attitudes, values, and views of the world.
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 affect filmmaking and film interpretation
- Critical thinking
- Film production
- Cinematic 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.
On-campus, Bethel's Film Forum arranges for showings of notable works, screenings of upcoming films and opportunities to dialogue with distinguished faculty.
0% passing rate on the content knowledge section of Minnesota’s licensure test for teachers. A number of students have earned a perfect score.
0 recent grads received Fulbright Grants to teach English abroad.
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Literature changed who I was, allowed me to look at the world in a new way, to become a more curious person. Faith-learning integration at Bethel helped prepare me to link my faith with my work.Amy Williams '07
Current job: Major Gifts Officer at Ecumen
For me, journalism meant becoming a reporter, but God brought me into ministry. I quickly learned that good writing transcends vocation. Creative storytelling is key anywhere. Studying journalism helped me find my voice and bring good writing to any calling.Monique Kleinhuizen '08
Current job: Communications Strategist at Bethel University