Hiram College

What Does it Take to be a Film Minor?

The Film Studies minor consists of three required courses that offer a grounding in key areas: history, analysis, and filmmaking. Students can then choose one of two tracks for their remaining courses. To complete the minor, students must take a total of at least eighteen (18) credit hours in approved Film Studies courses.

Film Studies minors also will be required to give a public presentation of their work in the spring of their senior year as part of the Annual Juried Student Art Show or spring film festival (in development). Minors may show a clip from an original film, read an excerpt from a screenplay, or read from an analysis written in one of their film studies courses.

Required Courses for All Minors:

  • ART 28000: Introduction to Filmmaking (4 hours) OR ART 23600: Experimental Filmmaking (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2XXXX: Introduction to Film Analysis (3 hours) (previously offered as ENGL 33000)
  • ENGL 2XXXX: History of Film and Cinema (3 hours) (previously offered as THEA 25700: History of the Movies)

Creative Filmmaking Track:

In addition to the courses above, choose two to three courses from among the following courses to reach a total of at least eighteen (18) credit hours:

  • ART 10200: Color and Design (4 hours) OR ART 11000: Beginning Drawing (4 hours)
  • ART 28000: Introduction to Filmmaking (4 hours) (if not taken as one of the required courses)
  • ART 23600: Experimental Filmmaking (3 hours) (if not taken as one of the required courses)
  • ART 3XXXX: Digital Imaging (4 hours)
  • COMM 23700: Media Law and Ethics (3 hours)
  • THEA 15000: Introduction to Theatre (3 hours)
  • WRIT 30900: Craft and Technique: Screenwriting (4 hours)

In particular, minors in this track are highly recommended to take WRIT 30900: Craft and Technique: Screenwriting.

Critical Film Studies Track:

In addition to the three courses above, choose two to three courses from among the following courses to reach a total of at least eighteen (18) credit hours:

  • CLAS 24700: The Ancient World in Film (3 hours)
  • COMM 23700: Media Law and Ethics (3 hours)
  • COMM 24800: Media and Multiculturalism (4 hours)
  • ENGL 26100: Shakespeare and Film (3 hours)
  • ENGL 33200: Mystery and Film Noir (3 hours)
  • INTD 21100: Asian Cinema (4 hours)
  • PSYC 22500: Psychology and Film (3 hours)
  • SPAN 2xxxx Spanish and Latin American Film (4 hours)
  • THEA 15000: Introduction to Theatre (3 hours)
  • THEA 28000: Hollywood Renaissance (3 hours)
  • THEA 28000: Film of the 1960s and 70s (3 hours)
  • WRIT 30900: Craft and Technique: Screenwriting (4 hours)