Film Studies, Minor

Offered in: Chicago

Students interested in film may complete this six-course sequence that emphasizes the visual language of film and the medium's role in representing culture since its emergence in the 20th century. The core courses in the curriculum highlight the particular ways in which film engages its content, the varieties of interpretive elements and strategies that film entails, and the relationship between the historical development of the medium and the histories of the cultures in which it is embedded. Advanced elective courses range from interdisciplinary courses in History, Philosophy, Literature and Women's and Gender Studies as well as on topics related to particular cinematic themes and genres.

Standards

Students will earn the Film Studies minor with a GPA of 2.5 in all eligible FILM courses; only grades of C- or higher will count toward the minor. Students must take at least one FILM course at the 300-level to earn the minor. Transfer students must complete at least three FILM courses at Roosevelt, and one of those three courses must be at the 300-level.

Requirements

Students must take FILM 201 FUNDAMENTALS OF FILM STUDIES and FILM 205 FILM HISTORY. After completing these two courses, students may choose an additional four courses from among a wide array of courses cross-listed between a range of departments, including Philosophy, Literature and Languages, Communication, and Creative Writing, among others. Students pursuing these Film Studies courses should register for them under the FILM designation. Since many of these are topics courses, it is possible to take the same course number (e.g. FILM 363 SPECIAL TOPICS IN FILM BY A SINGLE AUTEUR/AUTHOR) more than once, as long as the topic is different in each instance.

Sample special topics courses include:

  • Comics and Film
  • Chicago in Film
  • American Road Novels and Films
  • Gender and Film Noir
  • Monster Movies
  • History and Film
  • Hitchcock
  • The Art of the Documentary
  • Shakespeare and Film
Core
FILM 201FUNDAMENTALS OF FILM STUDIES3
FILM 205FILM HISTORY3
Electives
Select four of the following:12
INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA PRODUCTION
SCREEN WRITING
TOPIC IN FILM GENRE
TOPIC: FILM THEME OR PERIOD
SPECIAL TOPICS IN FILM THEME OR GENRE
SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR IN A SINGLE FILMMAKER
SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR IN A SINGLE FILMMAKER
Total Credit Hours18