Open to all majors, this twenty-credit minor in film theory, history, and criticism also offers students opportunities to take classes in screenwriting. Students must complete a minimum of 20 credits from the following:

To declare a Film Studies minor, please contact English Department Advisor Andrew Murray via e-mail or set up an advising appointment.

  • The following courses (5 credits):
    • FLM 200: Film Collective (1 cr.)
    • FLM 230: Introduction to Film Studies (4 cr.)
  • One of the following courses (3 credits):
    • FLM 300: History of Film to Midcentury (3 cr.)
    • FLM 301: History of Film after Midcentury (3 cr.)
  • One of the following courses (3 credits):
    • FLM 380: Classical Film and Media Theory (3 cr.)
    • FLM 381: Contemporary Film and Media Theory (3 cr.)
  • Any 400-level FLM course (3 cr.)
  • At least two of the following courses (minimum 6 credits):
    • FLM 211: Documentary History and Theory (3 cr.)
    • FLM 255: Stars and Directors (3 cr.)
    • FLM 260: Introduction to Digital Film and Emergent Media (4 cr.)
    • FLM 300: History of Film to Midcentury (3 cr.)
    • FLM 301: History of Film after Midcentury (3 cr.)
    • FLM 334: Screenwriting (3 cr.) 
    • FLM 336: Aesthetics of Film Editing (3 cr.)
    • FLM 337: Topics in Film Form (3 cr.)
    • FLM 350: National and Transnational Cinemas (3 cr.)
    • FLM 355: Film Genres (3 cr.)
    • FLM 380: Classical Film and Media Theory (3 cr.)
    • FLM 381: Contemporary Film and Media Theory (3 cr.)
    • FLM 400: Seminar in Film History (3 cr.)
    • FLM 434: Advanced Screenwriting (3 cr.)
    • FLM 438: Film Financing, Programming, and Distribution (3 cr.)
    • FLM 450: Studies in Ethnic Film (3 cr.)
    • FLM 451: Studies in Postcolonial Cinema (3 cr.)
    • FLM 452: Studies in Film, Gender, and Sexuality (3 cr.)
    • FLM 455: Experimental Film and Media (3 cr.)
    • FLM 460: Seminar in Digital Film and Emergent Media (3 cr.)
    • FLM 480: Seminar in Film/Media Theory
    • FLM 491: Special topics in Film (variable cr.)
    • FLM 492H: Honors Seminar in Film Studies (3 cr.)
    • ENG 231: Film and Literature (4 cr.)
    • ENG 478A: Literature, Technology, Representation (3 cr.)
    • ENG 478B: Literature and Visual Culture (3 cr.)
    • LL 250B: Topics in National Cinemas: East Asian Cinema (3 cr.)
    • LL 250C: Topics in National Cinemas: Israeli Cinema (3 cr.)
    • LL 250D: Topics in National Cinemas: Russian and Soviet Cinema (3 cr.)
    • ROM 355: French, Italian, and Spanish Cinema since 1930 (4 cr.)
    • THR 304: Topics in Acting/Directing II: Acting for the Camera (3 cr.)
    • THR: 350: Plays as Film (3 cr.)

Contact

Andrew Murray, Undergraduate English Advisor: murraya8@msu.edu

Joshua Yumibe, Director of Film Studies: yumibe@msu.edu

Ellen McCallum, Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies in English: emc@msu.edu