Undergraduate Programs

Minors in the Department of English

Visit the Undergraduate Catalog's English Minor page

An English minor can be complementary to many programs of study, especially since employers frequently cite good communication, writing, and research skills as top hiring criteria. A minor in English can help graduates develop flexible skills to compete in a rapidly-changing economy and to adapt to working with emerging technologies and new media.

The English minor requires 18 s.h. as follows:

1. Required 9 s.h. selected from ENGL courses numbered above 2899.

2. An additional 9 s.h. selected from ENGL (exclusive of writing foundation courses), FILM, and/or LING courses.

For additional information about minoring in English, please email EnglishUG@ecu.edu.

Visit the Undergraduate Catalog's Creative Writing Minor page

The minor in creative writing provides a solid background in appreciating and writing original creative work in four principal genres: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and play/scriptwriting. The minor also incorporates the study of literature and other disciplines to provide students with the foundations needed to become successful and resourceful readers, intellectuals in various disciplines, and creative writers. Students learn how to read closely as writers and to engage successfully in the practice of literary writing.

This interdisciplinary minor also provides students an overview of the precedents established by writers of many eras, continents, ethnicities, and sensibilities. Students will learn how to analyze, appreciate, and create the components that comprise works of literature.

By creating their own works of literature, student writers should be able to apply what they have learned about the elements of literature to their own work and discover which genres of creative writing they wish to pursue further.

Because undergraduate creative writing students are not expected to specialize in a single genre, the minor requires in its core an introductory workshop course that exposes students to each of the four genres as well as a minimum of two workshop courses in specific genres.

Other appropriate courses, including special topic courses (when the theme is relevant), 5000-level courses, and directed readings may be considered for inclusion as electives upon review by the coordinator.

Film Studies

Visit the Undergraduate Catalog's Film Studies Minor page

The minor in film studies provides students with an opportunity to study the history, theory, criticism, cultural uses, aesthetics, and production practices of cinema. The courses are designed to help students meet the new challenges they will encounter as citizens and workers in the information age and to learn how to analyze and engage critically with the visual media that has become a fixture of contemporary life. This curriculum complements a wide range of liberal arts majors by teaching students textual analysis, critical thinking, and writing skills.

This interdisciplinary minor asks students to forge connections between the discipline of film studies and other disciplines, including literature, creative writing, rhetoric, music, communications, history, foreign languages, sociology, and political science, among others. Courses in the minor will address cinema within its social, political and cultural contexts including an understanding of how race, ethnicity, gender, religion and class are constructed through the cinematic image. Courses taken towards the minor must come from at least three different prefixes (ART, COMM, ENGL, ETHN, FORL, GERM, MPRD, RELI, RUSS, SOCI, SPAN, or POLS). Courses designated as Special Topics only count toward the minor when taught as film studies. Other appropriate courses may be considered for inclusion as electives change or upon review by the coordinator.

Learn more on the Film Studies blog.


To earn the Film Studies Minor, students must successfully complete: 

Core (6 s.h.)

FILM 2900: Introduction to Film Studies
FILM 4985: Film Studies Capstone. 

Cognates (9 s.h.)

FILM 3900 - American and International Film History, Part I
FILM 3901 - American and International Film History Part II
FILM 4910 - Survey of Film Styles and Movements

Theory and Criticism
FILM 3920 - Film Theory and Criticism
FILM 4920 - Cinematic Identities Multicultural/Transnational/International Film

Multicultural and Transnational
ENGL 4940 - Multicultural and Transnational Cinema
FORL 2520 - French Cinema Classics
FORL 2690 - Introduction to German Cinema
POLS 3012 - Politics Through Film
RUSS 3230 - Russian and Soviet Film
SPAN 5445 - Hispanic Cinema

Electives (3 s.h.)

ART 2430 - Critical Film Analysis in the Progression of Production Techniques
ART 3080 - Introductory Video Art
ART 3081 - Intermediate Video Art
ENGL 3660 - Literature and Film of Environmental Crisis
ENGL 4830 - Advanced Script Writing
ENGL 4930 - Film: The Writer's Perspective
FILM 4980 - Topics in Film Aesthetics
MPRD 2250 - Classic Documentaries, 1900-2000
MPRD 2260 - Image Theory and Aesthetics
MPRD 3235 - Advanced Writing for Media
MPRD 3660 - History of the Moving Image
RELI 2400 - Religion and Film
SOCI 3025 - Sociology of Mass Media

Affiliated Programs

Affiliated programs include the Department of English, the School of Communication, School of Art and Design, Department of Political Science, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and the Department of Sociology.

Film Studies Events

Ethnic Studies Film Series

Hispanic Film Series

Russian Film Series

Student Union Films

Social Media

Like our Facebook page or follow @ECUFilmStudies on Twitter for more information about film events at ECU!

Current Course Offerings

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Why Study Film?

Check out film minor Charli McKee's video essay and Randall Martoccia's film minor video for a taste of what you can do with film studies.



Students who enrolled at ECU prior to the Fall 2010 semester have the option to pursue the multidisciplinary OR the interdisciplinary film studies minor. Students pursuing the multidisciplinary version of the film studies minor can take any 8 film studies courses in 3 different prefixes in order to get the minor (ART, COMM, ENGL, ETHN, FILM, FORL, GERM, MPRD, RELI, RUSS, SOCI, SPAN, or POLS). All courses listed above may count as film studies courses. Courses designated as Special Topics only count toward the minor when taught as film studies. Other appropriate courses may be considered for inclusion as electives change or upon review by the coordinator. Note: students who enrolled at ECU in the Fall of 2010 or later MUST pursue the interdisciplinary film studies minor as described above.


FILM 2900: Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, etc.
FILM 3900: Fall 2016, Fall 2018, Fall 2020, etc.
FILM 3901: Spring 2017, Spring 2019, Spring 2021, etc.
FILM 3920: Spring 2016, Spring 2018, Spring 2020, etc.
FILM 4920: Fall 2015, Fall 2017, Fall 2019, etc.
FILM 4985: Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, etc.

Visit the Undergraduate Catalog's Linguistics Minor page

Linguistics is the scientific study of language, of the common properties shared by all languages, and of the functions of language in human life and society. The minor in linguistics provides students with an opportunity to study the background of linguistic theory, the applications of language and its theory in the learning and teaching of second or foreign languages, and the social and cultural uses of language in society and communication. The courses are designed to help students have a better understanding of how human communication takes place in an ever more globalized society, with greater encounters with different languages. This curriculum complements a wide range of liberal arts majors by promoting students’ critical thinking, cultural awareness and analysis, and communication skills. Additionally, the minor in linguistics will better prepare students to pursue different professional and/or graduate careers in related fields, including but not limited to Speech and Language Pathology, English and Second/Foreign Language instruction, and Psychology.

Students taking this interdisciplinary minor in linguistics, following the guidance of their assigned advisor, will be asked to establish connections between a wide variety of classes, ranging from core courses on theoretical linguistics to classes describing and practicing more applied uses of language in a classroom setting as well as in other social and cultural contexts. Additionally, the students in the minor will benefit from course offerings from different departments and schools, including English, Anthropology, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Communication, and Communication Sciences and Disorders. Other appropriate courses, including special topic courses (when the theme is relevant) may be considered for inclusion as electives upon review by the director.

The Linguistics Minor requires:

Core - 12 s.h.

1) LING 3750 Introductory Linguistics (3hrs)
2) LING 3730 Syntax/Semantics, LING 3740Phonology/Morphology, SPAN 3225 Spanish Phonetics, or SPAN 3335 Structure of Spanish (3 hrs)
3) 1 LING course on the 2000 level (3 hrs)
4) 1 LING course on the 4000 level (3 hrs)
Electives - 6 s.h.

ANTH 2760 - Afro-Caribbean Language And Culture
ANTH 3300 - Language and Culture
ANTH 3720 - Writing Systems of the World or LING 3720 - Writing Systems of the World
ANTH 3770 - Language Universals or LING 3770 - Language and Cognition
COMM 2050 - English for Global Communication or LING 2050 - English for Global Communication
COMM 3180 - Intercultural Communication
COMM 4135 - Gender and Communication
CSDI 3010 - Phonetics
CSDI 3020 - Language Development
CSDI 3050 - Acquisition and Development of Phonology and Articulation
FREN 4611 - Teaching Second Languages in Grades K-12
GERM 4611 - Teaching Second Languages in Grades K-12
LING 2700 - Introduction to Language Studies
LING 2710 - English Grammar
LING 2720 - Invented Languages
LING 2740 - Language in the USA
LING 3700 - History of the English Language
LING 4710 - TESOL Theories and Principles
LING 4720 - Applied Linguistics for Language Teachers
LING 4730 - Language and Society
LING 4740 - TESOL Methods
LING 4750 - Language Testing
PHIL 4283 - Philosophy of Language
SPAN 4611 - Teaching Second Langs in Grades K-12
SPAN 4330 – Spanish in the United States
SPAN 3325 – Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
SPAN 3310 – Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
SPAN 4320 – Spanish Applied Linguistics

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