Starting in the 2010-2011 academic year, there are two tracks within the Film Studies minor. Students interested in film theory and/or film history should pursue the Film Criticism track. Those students interested in film production and/or screenplay writing should pursue the Film Practice track.
All students pursuing an interdisciplinary minor in Film Studies are required to:
1. Take a core course, either Introduction to Film Studies (Drama 50/ILVS 50) or an alternative approved by the CMS Director.
2. Take four film-related elective courses from CMS approved course lists.
Students cannot “double count” a course for fulfillment of a foundation requirement and for the Film Studies minor, and they may use a maximum of two credits from the minor to count also toward a major, another minor, or distribution requirements. A maximum of 2 Ex College courses may be counted toward the minor, except with written consent of the CMS Director.
Other than EXP 99C (internship) and EXP 190C (CMS Senior Colloquium), all classes taken for the Film Studies minor must be taken for a letter grade.
Film Criticism Track:
For students pursuing the Film Criticism track, the four elective courses mentioned above must be from at least three departments. Except with written consent of the CMS Director, no more than one of the four electives may be a Film Practice course or credited internship in which students learn skills in film production or practice.
During their senior year, students doing the Film Criticism track must either complete a Senior Project (EXP 194C) or take an additional film-related course from the Film Criticism elective list in which they can write a paper of at least 15 pages on a film-related topic (the CMS Course Option). Students doing a project must also take the CMS Senior Colloquium (EXP 190C), a half-year, half-credit, pass-fail course that assists them in developing their senior projects.
Film Practice Track:
For students pursuing the Film Practice track, the four elective courses must include two film practice courses (such as Making Movies, Advanced Filmmaking, Producing Films for Social Change, Screenwriting I or II, or a film practice internship). The other two elective courses should be from the Film Practice electives list and be offered by two different departments. These are courses in which aspects of film production are discussed along with issues of film theory and history.
During their senior year, students doing the Film Practice track must complete a Senior Project that is either a film or screenplay. They must also take the CMS Senior Colloquium (EXP 190C), a half-year, half-credit, pass-fail course that assists them in developing their senior projects.
For a complete list of courses that count for each of the Film Studies Tracks, click here.
For a complete list of requirements for the FS minor, please consult the FS Minor Information Sheet. You must also complete a CMS Student Information Sheet.
If you are interested in becoming a Film Studies minor, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a complete list of CMS Forms — including information about Senior Projects,
Course Options, and Internships — click here.