Requirements for the Minor in the Film Studies Program

NOTE: Requirements may differ according to date of enrollment.

Film Studies Minor Advising Checklist

Core: At least 6 credit hours chosen from the following courses.

Choose one from:

COMM 155: Rhetoric of Vision and Sound - 3 credits


Students should not take both classes. Only one will count towards the minor.

FILM 220/ARTH 276: Film Form - 3 credits


Choose one from:

ENGL 280: Introduction to Film - 3 credits

ENGL 380: Narrative Film: Silence to Sound - 4 credits

ENGL 381: Narrative Film After 1940 - 4 credits

ARTH 376: Film and Special Effects - 3 credits

Electives: At least 12 credit hours, chosen from the following. It is recommended that students have completed at least one core course before beginning work on electives:

ARTS 222 Experimental Video Production - 3 credits

ARTH 345: Film Criticism - 3 credits

ARTH 359: New Media Writing -3 credits

COMM 308: Documentary History and Criticism - 3 credits

COMM 309: Film Analysis - 3 credits

COMM 361: Script Writing for Video, Film and Radio - 3 credits

COMM 386: International Film - 3 credits

ENGL 207: Drama and Film - 3 credits

ENGL 386: Women and Film - 4 credits

ENGL 387: American Film - 4 credits

FILM 399 Special Topics - 1 to 4 credits

FILM 401: Independent Study—1- 3 credits

HIST 363: Chinese Culture Through Films - 4 credits

HIST 376: Film and American Culture - 3 credits

LANG 385: German Film - 3 credits

POLI 345: Film and Global Politics - 4 credits


Cinema Boutique Courses taken J-Term or Summer Session*

FILM 399: Cult and Horror - 3 credit

FILM 399: Cinema Vampires - 3 credits

*Any title offered J-Term


Transfer credits (Permission of Coordinator)

Any course from the core not taken to fulfill core requirements

At least 18 credits needed



  • Communication Department students can use only one course from their Major Track requirements.
  • Any History Department film course may be used as an elective.
  • No more than four (4) courses in any one discipline may be taken for credit toward the film minor.
  • Faculty in various departments frequently offer other film-related courses that address the goals of the Film Studies program. To determine if a course not listed above will satisfy requirements for the Film Studies minor, students should contact the Coordinator of Film Studies:

Interdisciplinary Studies Office

804 Maytum Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3173