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The Interdisciplinary Film Studies Minor

Dr. Amanda Klein, Coordinator, 2147 Bate Building

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.

The film studies faculty congratulates film minor Summer Hamzah for winning the English Department's Outstanding Undergraduate Award for Spring 2014 and film minor Hunter Ingram '13 for winning the 2012-13 Paul Farr Memorial Essay Prize for his essay on Cabin in the Woods. Way to go, Hunter!

Affiliated Programs
Department of English | School of Communication| School of Art and Design | Department of Political Science | Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures | Department of Sociology |

Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Film Studies Events
Student Union Films |
Ethnic Studies Film Series | Southern Circuit Film Series  | Russian Film Series | Hispanic Film Series

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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. For more information go to: http://www.ecu.edu/english/filmstudies/

ATTENTION ADVISORS:
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.

CORE CLASS SCHEDULE BY SEMESTER:

FILM 2900: Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016, etc.
FILM 3900: Fall 2014, Fall 2016, Fall 2018, etc.
FILM 3901: Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2019, etc.
FILM 3920: Spring 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2018, etc. (Note: students unable to take this course before graduation should contact the Film Studies Minor Coordinator about possible substitutions.)
FILM 4985: Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, etc.

Minimum requirement for the minor in film studies is 24 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Core - 9 s.h.
    FILM 2900. Introduction to Film Studies (3) (F,S) (FC:HU) (P: 1000-level writing intensive course or advanced placement or consent of instructor)
    FILM 3920. Film Theory and Criticism (3) (WI) (FC:HU) (P: FILM 2900 or consent of the instructor)
    FILM 4985. Film Studies Capstone (3) (WI) (3 lecture and 2 lab hours per week) (P: FILM 2900; declared minor in film studies; or consent of instructor)
  2. Cognates - 6 s.h.
    Choose one from each cognate:
    Film History:
    FILM 3900. American and International Film History, Part I (3) (P: FILM 2900 or consent of instructor)
    FILM 3901. American and International Film History, Part II (3) (P: FILM 2900 or consent of instructor)
    FILM 4910. Survey of Film Styles and Movements (3) (WI) (FC:HU)
    Multicultural/Transnational/International Film:
    COMM 4040. Media, Culture, and Society (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 15 hours COMM courses or consent of instructor)
    FILM 4920. Contemporary American and International Cinema (3) (WI) (FC:HU) (P: FILM 2900 or consent of instructor; RP: ENGL 4910)
    POLS 3012. Politics Through Film (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    RUSS 3230. Russian and Soviet Film (3) (FC:HU) (P: RUSS 2120 or consent of instructor)
    SPAN 5445. Hispanic Cinema (3) (May be repeated for maximum of 6 s.h. with change of topic) (P: Consent of chair)
  3. Electives - 9 s.h.
    Note: Courses taken for the core requirement or as cognates may not be repeated as electives.
    COMM 4040. Media, Culture, and Society (3) (F,S) (Formerly COMM 4600) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 15 hours COMM courses or consent of instructor)
    COMM 4060. Special Problems in Communication (3) (F,S,SS) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    FILM 2900. Introduction to Film Studies (3) (F,S) (FC:HU) (P: 1000-level writing intensive course or advanced placement or consent of instructor)
    ENGL 3660. Representing Environmental Crisis (3) (P: ENGL 1200)
    FILM 3900. American and International Film History, Part I (3) (P: FILM 2900 or consent of instructor)
    FILM 3901. American and International Film History, Part II (3) (P: FILM 2900 or consent of instructor)
    FILM 4910. Survey of Film Styles and Movements (3) (WI) (FC:HU)
    FILM 4920. Contemporary American and International Cinema (3) (WI) (FC:HU) (P:FILM 2900 or consent of instructor; RP: ENGL 4910)
    ENGL 4930. Film: The Writer’s Perspective (3) (S)
    FILM 4980. Topics in Film Aesthetics (3) (May be repeated with change of topic for maximum 6 s.h.) (P: FILM 2900 or consent of instructor)
    ENGL 5350. Special Studies in Film (3)
    POLS 3012. Politics Through Film (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    RELI 2400. Religion and Film (3) (FC:HU)
    RUSS 3230. Russian and Soviet Film (3) (FC:HU) (P: RUSS 2120 or consent of instructor)
    SOCI 3025. Sociology of Mass Media (3) (FC: SO) (P: SOCI 2110)
    SPAN 5445. Hispanic Cinema (3) (May be repeated for maximum of 6 s.h. with change of topic) (P: Consent of chair)
  4. Courses that only count toward the minor when they are taught as film classes:
    ART 2430. Critical Film Analysis in the Progression of Production Techniques (3) (P: ENGL 1100)
    GERM 3700. Special Topics (3) (May be repeated for maximum of 6 s.h. with change of topic) (P: GERM 2210 or 2211; or consent of instructor)
    COMM 4060. Special Problems in Communication (3) (F,S,SS) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    ETHN 3501. Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies: Humanities (3) (F) (FC:HU) (May be repeated for a maximum of 6 s.h. with change of topic)
    FORL 2760. Special Topics in Hispanic Studies (3) (FC:HU) (May be repeated for maximum of 6 s.h. with change of topic) (May not count toward foreign language requirement)