Cinema Studies Minor

The minor in cinema studies offers a variety of opportunities to study a predominant contemporary form of narrative, aesthetic and social discourse: the moving image. Film is the primary medium of study for the minor, but the cinematic practices of video and television also may be included as potential areas of interest. Courses consist of interdisciplinary approaches to the analysis of cinema, covering works from the early cinema to the present, from the U.S. and other nations. Students learn the aesthetics, history, technology, economics and theory of cinema, while also acquiring the language for analyzing its forms and practices. The minor allows for organized and meaningful study of the moving image from a wide range of scholarly interests and approaches that complement the increasingly significant place of cinema in many major disciplines and other programs. Students enrolled in the cinema studies minor will become articulate and critical spectators in the larger cultural contexts of film and media studies.

Cinema studies students are required to take five courses. Students must earn at least a C- in each course and maintain a 2.0 grade-point average in courses taken for the minor. "Double counting" of minor course credits with major course credits will be left to the discretion of existing major departments, with the exception that no more than eight credits, if approved, will "double count."

Interested students should contact the cinema minor coordinator, Matt Konzett, Department of English, (603) 862-0261.

Introductory Course
ENGL 533Introduction to Film Studies4
History and Theory of Film
LLC 540Film History4
or ENGL 618 Film Theory
Advanced and/or Focused Courses
Select two of the following:8
Studies in Film/Genre
Studies in Film/Authorship
Studies in Film/Culture and Ideology
Studies in Film/Narrative and Style
Italian Cinema
Elective Courses
Select one elective course 14
Total Credits20

Electives are drawn from an approved list of courses for the minor, which is compiled and announced every semester. Students also may choose from the advanced and/or focused courses. Elective courses have a significant cinema studies component and may have another disciplinary focus as well. Contributing departments and/or programs include: American studies, anthropology, arts, communication, English, French, geography, German, history, humanities, Italian, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, Russian, sociology, Spanish, theatre and dance, and women's and gender studies. Students should check with the cinema minor coordinator each semester for approval of the elective.