Minor in Film Studies

The Film Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that draws on cinematic representations to help students understand a variety of subject areas, the role film plays in culture and the use of cinema as a world wide artistic, political and economic construction.

Students are asked to take two classes in film as a foundation: Film 200 Introduction to Film Studies and Film 300 World Cinema. In these courses, students are exposed to a wide variety of film forms and critical theory, preparing them to understand more deeply how cinematic messages are constructed and consumed. 

In the second tier of requirements, students must take one course in production/application and one in history/criticism/theory. The ability to make a film – or a component of it – is essential to understanding how the process of conceptualization and execution operates in film production. An additional class in the academic study of film deepens students’ understanding of film and helps them develop their ability to think and write about film as a cultural force. 

Finally, students are required to take one additional course of their choice from among the classes offered that fulfill the second tier of requirements. Some of these classes will be offered under the FILM designation, while others will be offered through various departments on campus. Currently there are “film” courses offered in Communication and Journalism, English, Modern and Classical Languages, and Music. Each semester, the Film Studies website will list the courses offered and what requirement they fulfill.

Students may also complete an internship or independent study as part of their minor. Contact the Director of Film Studies, Dr. Juli Kroll, jakroll@stthomas.edu, for more information on these opportunities.

For a full overview of the Film Studies minor program, please see the drop-down box below.

Students will complete 20 credits for the FILM minor:

  • FILM 200 Introduction to Film Studies (4 credits)
  • FILM 300 World Cinema (4 credits)

Plus four credits in film theory/history/criticism/analysis:

  • COJO 332 Documentary in American Culture (4 credits)
  • ENGL 203 The Classical Epic, Hero and Film (4 credits)
  • ENGL topics courses as appropriate and approved by FILM Studies. Examples of ENGL courses with recent or potential film studies topics:
    • ENGL 324 Genre Studies (Literature into Film) (4 credits)
    • ENGL 337 The Literature of Human Diversity (Arab Film) (4 credits)
    • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature and Culture (Film) (4 credits)
    • ENGL 481 Hispanic Cinema Studies (Third World Cinema) (4 credits)
  • FILM 350 Contemporary Issues in Film (4 credits)
  • FREN 490 French Cinema (4 credits)
  • MUSC 296 Music of Film (4 credits)
  • SPAN 415 Hispanic Cinema Studies (4 credits)

Plus four credits in production/practice

  • COJO 260 Electronic Media Production (4 credits)
  • COJO 360 Videography (4 credits)
  • COJO 460 Advanced Video Production (4 credits)
  • ENGL topics courses as appropriate and approved by director of FILM studies. Examples of ENGL courses with recent or potential film production/practice topics:
    • ENGL 297 Topics (Introduction to Screen Writing) (4 credits)
    • ENGL 326 Topics in Creative Writing (Screen Writing) (4 credits)
  • THTR 214 Beginning Acting (4 credits)
  • THTR 218 Acting for the Camera (4 credits)

Plus four additional credits from those listed above, internship, experiential learning, or independent study as approved by FILM studies director. At least two courses should be numbered 300 or higher.

Fine Arts Requirement

Our Introduction to Film Studies course (FILM 200), fulfils the Fine Arts core curriculum requirement and introduces students to film analysis, providing the basic tools to understand, appreciate, and analyze the technical and aesthetic dimensions of film and to understand how these elements come together to create meaning. The course focuses on specific filmmaking techniques, provide a brief overview of film history, and introduce students to the concepts of genre, ideology and style. In addition to attending class sessions, students will be required to attend a weekly film screening (lab).