Film Studies Minor

Director: Jon Cowans

The Film Studies minor draws on a range of disciplines to allow students to examine a vital modern form of cultural expression. The 18-credit minor examines film as an art form, a form of entertainment, a business, and a political and social practice, tracing its evolution over time and its variants in different cultures. The minor primarily aims to develop students’ abilities to think critically about a central and highly influential facet of modern life, but it also seeks to help prepare students who are majoring in other fields such as business to work in the entertainment industry. All courses in the minor require and teach writing skills. 

Students completing the minor will have learned about the historical evolution of film as an art form and a business in multiple countries; this knowledge should include an awareness of major styles, genres, directors, films, and controversies involving films; and major approaches to censorship used in various times and places, as well as arguments for and against censorship. They should be capable of thinking critically about films, identifying and analyzing many of the techniques they use (directing, casting, editing, etc.) to convey messages and images. Classes will also train students in writing about film, from reviews of individual films to essays of broader scope.

Below is a list of courses that qualify. To inquire about a specific course, consult with Professor Cowans.


014:255           Race and Gender in American Film                                                                                 


350:205           Fiction into Film
350:363           Sp. Tpcs in Film: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock                 
350:363           Sp. Tpcs in Film: Westerners & Gangsters                            
350:363           Sp. Tpcs in Film: Studies in Film Noir                                   
350:364           Sp. Tpcs in Film: Migration in Literature & Film                  


510:301           Film and History
510:314           Film and Colonialism                                                        
512:312           Trash Cinema and the Cultural Politics of Sleaze                 
512:313           Visions of the City in American Cinema                             
512:383           Culture and the Cold War                                                
512:406           Tpcs American Popular Cultures, 1890-1945                        
512:406           Tpcs American Popular Cultures since 1945                         
512:408           Tpcs Soc-Cult Hist: Race & Popular Culture since 1945 
28:510:300      (NJIT) Historical Probelms of the 20th Century Through Film


810:348           Portuguese Film & Literature                                                
810:349           Brazilian Film & Literature                                                    
810:350           Literature & Film of Portuguese-Speaking Africa              


940:348           Hispanic Film & Lit.                                                             
940:417           Sem: Gabriel García Márquez in Lit. and Film                      
940:418           La Guerra Civil en memoria y historia: cine, arte literatura