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Film Studies at Lewis University

The Interdisciplinary Film Minor in Detail

The Film Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental program that allows students to complete courses from several different departments in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Departments that currently offer courses in the program include Communications, English, and Theatre. Many other departments will develop and offer courses in the coming semesters.

In our program, students study film as a literary and media art form. The prevalence of film as a primary textual form in American culture demands that students be able to critically understand the medium. The Film Studies Minor therefore fills a vital role in a student’s university education.  

The Minor in Film Studies is designed to:         

  • underscore the cultural importance of narrative film in modern life

  • teach students how to interpret film from a variety of historical, cultural and theoretical perspectives 

  • teach  students to analyze how meanings are created through representational devices inherent in film, and

  • help develop a pre-professional foundation (in criticism or production) for students who plan to complete advanced studies in film.

In addition, this program responds directly to student demand for courses that study film.  We expect this program to grow rapidly, and courses offered among the most popular on campus.  We base these assertions on surveys of students and high enrolment rates of current courses that study film.

18 Credit Hours:
6 Hours Required Courses,
12 Hours Elective Courses

All Undergraduate students are eligible for admission to the Film Studies program. Students should have completed College Writing 1 and have completed or be enrolled in College Writing 2 when enrolled in a Film Study course.

Students must complete 18 credit hours of course work to complete the Minor, with 6 credit hours coming from two required courses that allow the student to learn the fundamentals of film rhetoric, history, and analysis (06-260: Introduction to Film Studies) and participate in a capstone experience in a seminar atmosphere (06-460: Film Theory and Criticism). The remaining 12 credit hours come from an approved list of elective courses.

The list of elective courses will change yearly, as courses are developed and offered by departments throughout the College of Arts and Sciences.

This is a quick summary of currently listed courses, but new courses from many different departments will be added to this list in coming semesters. For descriptions of these courses, go to the Courses section of this site.

The Film Studies Minor--18 hours

Required Courses--6 hours


Introduction to Film Studies (3)


Film Theory and Criticism (3)

Electives--9 or 12 hours (any 3 or 4 from these or approved courses)


Detective Fiction (3)


Literature of the American West (3)


Stories into Film (3)


Topics in Film and Literature (3)


Postmodern American Fiction & Film (3)


Topics in Film Study (3)


Classical Hollywood Cinema (3)


The History of Film (3)


The Horror Film (3)


Women in Film (3)


World/Ethnic Film (3)


Digital Filmmaking (3)

One Possible Elective --3 hours (may choose from any one course)


Acting I (3)


Acting II (3)


Opinion Writing (3)


Special Topics in Mass Media (3)


URL: http://www2.lewisu.edu/~wielgoch/film/minor.htm
This site was created and is maintained by Dr. Christopher Wielgos, Associate Professor of English, Lewis University.
This site was last updated on October, 2007.
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