The 15-credit cinema studies minor (previously called the film studies minor) is designed for students interested in studying movie as texts and as popular culture. Traditionally, students of this discipline study the history, production processes, and aesthetics of film as well as the theories that analyze the ways in which film, culture, and audience interact to negotiate and construct meaning.

The minor is offered by the School of the Arts, Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences, at the Florham Campus, Madison, New Jersey.

The two required courses provide the foundations for these four areas of investigation (history, production, aesthetics, and theory). The electives offer an opportunity for a wider breadth of experience or a more tightly focused study.


Required Foundation Courses (6 credits)


Non-American Film Course (3 credits)

Select one from the following:


Auteur Course (3 credits)

Three credits of study on a director, such as:


Cinema Studies (3 credits)

Three credits of cinema survey, such as:


*New courses focusing on international and U.S. cinema are added frequently and can be substituted when appropriate in all the areas above.