Film Studies Minor

Office: 275 Fenton Hall

(716) 673-3848

Shannon McRae, Coordinator

Email: film.studies@fredonia.edu

Website: http://home.fredonia.edu/interdisciplinary

The Film Studies minor considers a variety of approaches to understanding the role of film in all its different forms and intents. A film may have predominantly literary content or may be specifically engaged with historical, political, or cultural concerns. It may also be primarily an abstract, aesthetic work, exploring alternatives to traditional narrative filmmaking. It is fundamentally a medium used to examine and study human knowledge and exploration. It is tightly interwoven into cultural identity throughout the world.

The Film Studies minor acquaints students with these ideas and introduces key landmarks in the history of film while identifying and challenging the grounds on which landmark status has been recognized. The departments of Communication, English, History, World Languages and Cultures, Politics and International Affairs, and Visual Arts and New Media, and the Women's and Gender Studies, and Film Studies programs offer courses regularly that engage in the academic study of the medium.

This interdisciplinary collaboration between many different departments and programs provides a wide variety of course offerings that change each semester. A variety of special topics courses may be offered at any time. In any given semester, as many as 200 students may be enrolled in courses in which film is the major vehicle for study. Always check with the Film Studies minor coordinator if you have any questions about course availability.

Minor Program Requirements

Some courses require prerequisites.  Click on any hyperlinked course for additional information. 

Introductory Core:

COMM 155Rhetoric of Vision and Sound

3

or

ENGL 280Introduction to Film

3

 

 

ENGL 380Film: Silence to Sound

4

or

ENGL 381Narrative Film After 1940

4

or

COMM 309Film Analysis

3

Total Credit Hours:6-7

NOTE:  Once the core requirement is fulfilled, any courses in the section may also count as an elective

Electives

At least 12 credit hours, chosen from the following.  It is recommended that students have completed at least one core course before beginning work on electives:

ARTS 222Cinema Arts I

3

ARTH 276Film Form

3

ARTH 345Film Criticism

3

ARTH 359New Media Writing

3

COMM 308Documentary History and Criticism

3

COMM 361Script Writing Video/Film/Radio

3

COMM 386International Films

3

ENGL 227Stage/Screen

4

ENGL 387American Film Directors

4

LANG 180World in Cinema:Special Topics

3

LANG 385German Film

3

FILM 399Special Topics

1-4

Any J-term May-term or summer session course offered as Cinema courses

Transfer Credits (permission of coordinator)

Any course from the core not taken to fullfill core requirements

Total Credit Hours:12

NOTE: FILM 401 - Independent Study by prior arrangement with instructor

  • Communication Department students can use only one course from their Major Track requirements toward the minor. 
  • No more than four (4) courses in any one discipline may be taken for credit toward the film minor
  • Faculty in various departments sometimes offer other film-related courses that address the goals of the Film Studies program.  To determine if a course not listed above will satisfy requirements for the Film Studies minor, students should contact the Coordinator of Film Studies:  mcrae@fredonia.edu.  

Total Credit Hours: 18