Film Studies Minor

Film Studies Minor

Advisor: Robert Holtzclaw, Department of English

An interdisciplinary minor in Film Studies is designed to enhance the educational opportunities available to students interested in learning about and through film. Courses in the minor focus on various issues connected to narrative, theory, style, and assorted social/cultural concerns.

To fulfill requirements for the minor, a student will complete 18 hours (six courses) from those listed below. No more than 9 hours (three courses) should be taken in any single department, and courses from at least three of the participating departments should be included in the 18-hour total.

Interdisciplinary Minors

Interdisciplinary minors require the student to complete a minimum of 15 to 21 hours from a list of specific courses. Unless otherwise noted, a student may take no more than 6 hours of courses from a single department until he or she surpasses the required minimum number of hours necessary for completing the minor. Exceptions to this rule may be found within the discussions of several of the minors. In most cases, a student is also limited to just 3 hours of credit toward the minor in the same department or discipline in which he or she is taking a major. Except for the Paralegal Studies minor, no course may be counted both for major and minor credit. Students must fulfill all departmental prerequisites for any course within an interdisciplinary minor. In some cases, advisors may approve course substitutions within these program requirements.

Required Courses (18 hours)

Select 18 hours from the following:

  • ANTH 3640 - Visual Anthropology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: 3 hours anthropology or permission of instructor. Photography and film as tools and products of ethnography. Researching, analyzing, and presenting behavioral and cultural ideas through visual means. Cultural and political biases presented through photography and film.

  • ENGL 3850 - Literature and Film

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. The relationship between literature and film with emphasis on narration, characterization, point of view, and setting.

  • ENGL 3860 - Film Genre  3 credit hours  

    ENGL 3860 - Film Genre

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. One or more groups of films linked through narrative, stylistic, and/or thematic characteristics.

  • ENGL 3870 - Film History  3 credit hours  

    ENGL 3870 - Film History

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. History of world film from its inception through the 1990s.

  • ENGL 4855 - Film Theory and Criticism

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A survey of the major theoretical approaches to film, including montage, mise-en-scene, and structuralist theory.

  • ENGL 4860 - Special Topics in Film Studies  3 credit hours  (topic varies; may be repeated)

    ENGL 4860 - Special Topics in Film Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A selected director, genre, period, aspect, or theme. The subject will vary each time course is taught.

  • HIST 3180 - History of Modern War in Film

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Six hours of HIST 2010,  HIST 2020, or HIST 2030. Modern war as presented in major motion pictures. Analyzes the cultural responses to war in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries through movies made about war.

  • HUM 3500 - Latino Images in U.S. Film

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, HUM 2610, or permission of instructor. Explores the past and present portrayals of Latinos in U.S. cinema.

  • HUM 4550 - The Grail Legend in Film and Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite:ENGL 2020,  ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610, or permission of the instructor. Explores the origin and development of the Grail legend in Western art primarily in literature and film.

  • JOUR 3000 - Introduction to Motion Pictures

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. The development and role of motion pictures in America, including the history of films and filmmakers, the influence of film on American culture, and film criticism.

  • EMC 3000 - Films and Filmmakers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

    The development and role of motion pictures in America, including the history of films and filmmakers, the development of film technique and genres, and the role of films in culture and society.

  • PHIL 3600 - Philosophy and Film

    3 credit hours

    Examination of the cinematic expression of philosophical issues and development of philosophical issues in cinema.

  • PS 3100 - Politics and Film  3 credit hours  

    PS 3100 - Politics and Film

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 1010, or permission of instructor. Analysis of political ideas as expressed in motion pictures. Topics include leadership, political biographies, campaigns and elections, ideology, and war.

  • PS 3200 - British Government and Films

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. The evolution of parliamentary government in the United Kingdom and its current distinctive characteristics, processes, and functions in contrast to other parliamentary regimes.

  • RIM 4570 - The Art of Soundtrack Design

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Examines the creative use of sound in film and theatre through critical listening to various soundtracks. The theory and practice of sound design analyzed and discussed in a lecture-oriented class.

NOTE:

Other film-related courses are sometimes offered which can be counted as part of the Film Studies minor with prior approval. Consult the Film Studies advisor to determine if such courses are available for a particular semester.

Mailing Address:
Department of English
Middle Tennessee State University
Box 70
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Main Office: Peck Hall 302
Department Chair: Dr. Maria K. Bachman

Email: Maria.Bachman@mtsu.edu
Telephone: (615) 898-5644
Fax: (615) 898-5098