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Film Studies

Film Studies Minor

The film studies minor offers students the opportunity to gain an informed understanding of the sophisticated medium of film, its language and history. Courses cover critical writing about cinema, creative screenwriting, the evolution of Hollywood movies, international cinema, and film in its cultural context. The film studies minor makes a valuable complement to a range of undergraduate majors.

General Requirements

Students must complete a total of 15 hours for the film studies minor. None of the required 15 hours may be taken pass/fail. Only courses completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better may be counted toward the minor. A minimum of nine hours must be taken with Downtown Denver Campus faculty.

Students are strongly advised to take ENGL 2250, Introduction to Film, before taking other film courses. Students are also advised to fulfill the liberal arts and sciences core curriculum writing requirements before enrolling in upper-division topics in film courses. No more than two online film studies courses can be counted toward the minor.

Required Courses (nine credit hours)

  • ENGL 2250, Introduction to Film (three credit hours)
  • ENGL 2450, Introduction to Literature (three credit hours)
  • ENGL 3070, Film History I or
    ENGL 3080, Film History II (three credit hours)

Elective Courses (nine hours from the following)

  • ENGL 2415, Introduction to Movie Writing (three credit hours)
  • ENGL 3070, Film History I or
    ENGL 3080, Film History II (three credit hours)
  • ENGL 3075, Film Genres (three credit hours)
  • ENGL 3085, Film Directors* (three credit hours)
  • ENGL 3200, From Literature to Film* (three credit hours)
  • ENGL 3300-3324, Topics in Film* (three credit hours)
  • ENGL 4420, Film Theory and Criticism (three credit hours)
  • ENGL 4770, Topics in English: Film and Literature* (film topics only, three credit hours)

*Repeatable with different topic or title.