Minor in Film Studies

Film Studies at Murray State University

The Film Studies minor at Murray State University is an interdisciplinary program that complements many majors and provides opportunities for students to examine film as an art form, as an industry, and as a communication medium. Courses in the minor emphasize the history, theory and practice of film in the larger context of liberal arts studies and thus enhance students' understanding of this important medium and its influences across the disciplines. In consultation with faculty, staff and advisors, students may select elective courses within the Film Studies minor relevant to their academic and career objectives.


“To be an artist means never to avert one's eyes.”
– Akira Kurosawa

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Film Studies Minor: 21 hours

Both of the following:
ENG 313 History of the Cinema (3 Hours)
ENG 314 Shakespeare in Film (3 Hours)

One of the following:
ENG 315 Global Cinema (3 Hours)
ENG 419 European Cinema (3 Hours)
FRE 419 European Cinema (3 Hours)
GER 419 European Cinema (3 Hours)
SPA 419 European Cinema (3 Hours)

One or two of the following:
ART 382 Introduction to Photography I (3 Hours)
ART 383 Photography II (3 Hours)
ART 384 Photography III (3 Hours)
ART 385 Introduction to Cinematography (3 Hours)
JMC 270 Basic Audio/Video Production (3 Hours)
JMC 336 Script Writing (3 Hours)
ENG 343 Special Topics in Creative Writing (3 Hours)
ENG 460 Comedy and Satire (3 Hours)

Two or three of the following:
ART 490 Special Problems in Studio Art (3 Hours)
ENG 213 The Film and Literature (3 Hours)
ENG 351 Special Topics in Film Studies (3 Hours)
ENG 417 Film in the Classroom (3 Hours) 
HIS 477 Hollywood History (3 Hours)
JMC 358 Television Studio Production (3 Hours)
MUS 106 Music in Film (3 Hours)
MUS 313 Introduction to Music Synthesis (1 Hour)

May only include one of the following:
ENG 341 Introduction to Writing Fiction (3 Hours)
ENG 342 Introduction to Writing Poetry (3 Hours)
ENG 415 Writer's Workshop: Short Story (3 Hours)
ENG 416 Writer's Workshop: Poetry (3 Hours)

Students may select an optional course substitution, such as the one cited below, with the permission of the coordinator of the Film Studies Minor and the instructor: 
CSC 275 Graphical Rendering (3 Hours)

At least six hours must be upper-level courses completed in residence at Murray State University. Students must remember that courses taken for their majors cannot count toward a minor.



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Dr. Josh Adair

7B-14 Faculty Hall

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341






The requirements listed above are an example of what is applicable to most students entering Murray State University under the 2013-14 academic bulletin. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. The primary source is the MSU bulletin applicable at the time of the student enrollment; if you enrolled prior to the 2013-14 academic year, consult the registrar's listing for your applicable bulletin.