Film Studies Minor

The minor in Film Studies provides students with a strong background in the study of film language, history, theory, and production, emphasizing varied filmmaking practices throughout the world. Students will gain a proficiency in what filmmakers call “film language” and a working knowledge of film form. Students will be able to apply film language to the analysis of film, literature and art, and convergent media technologies. Students will learn the specificity of global film traditions through comparative study, will be introduced to the basics of film theory and production, and will gain knowledge of the economic, social, cultural, and historical roots of cinema form diverse parts of the world.

Degree Requirements

To minor in Film Studies, you must complete the following:

  • Required Course - ART/CO/EN 2904 Introduction to Film
  • Core Courses - take at least 3 hours from the core course list
  • Elective Courses - take at least 12 hours from the elective course list

A list of the requirements and the elective courses can be found here: Film Studies Minor Degree Sheet.pdf

MSU Student Filmmaking Organization: The Scene

The Scene is the new MSU student organization devoted to film, and hosted by the Department of Communication. Their goal is to create one short film each semester that is completely student written, directed, and edited. They hope to give students of all different backgrounds and levels of experience the chance to see and/or be a part of every aspect of the filmmaking process.

To join The Scene, go to and search for “The Scene.” You can register to join on that site.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any additional questions:

Caroline Matheny, President:

Melanie Harris, Faculty Advisor: