Minor Requirements

Film Studies

The interdisciplinary program in film studies at Trinity draws on courses in film studies and production taught in sixteen of the College's departments and programs. Though the program is based in core courses that emphasize the aesthetic and theoretical traditions specific to film studies, the study of film by its very nature engages other domains and disciplines. History, politics, philosophy, psychology, culture, theater, literature, music, and visual art are all potentially implicated in the experience of film, and our courses invite students to explore the multiple dimensions of cinematic experience.

The program offers students interested in filmmaking an opportunity to develop that interest through production and screenwriting courses, internships, a semester or year at a production program abroad, and the option of doing a senior production thesis. The interdisciplinary minor in film studies is designed to ground students in three basic aspects of the field - film history, film theory, and film production - while at the same time providing the flexibility to allow for exploration of specific areas of interest within each of those aspects. The minor consists of one core course, which must be completed by the end of the second year; four additional courses to include at least one course in each of the three subareas of which at least two must be at the 300-level or above; and an integrating exercise of a 400-level course designated as a senior seminar. Students must earn a minimum of C- for all courses counted toward the minor. All courses taken toward the minor in film studies need to be approved in advance by the film studies minor coordinator.

Anyone interested in discussing the film program is encouraged to contact the director, Prakash Younger.

Course requirements:

One core course, which is a course from the subcategory Film History and Analysis, must be fulfilled by the end of the second year as a prerequisite for declaring the minor.

Four additional full course credits from the three distribution areas (National Cinemas and Topics in Film History, Film Theory and Topics in Criticism, and Film Production and Related Arts) taking no more than two courses and no less than one course in any one area. At least two of the four courses taken in the distribution areas must be at the 300 level or above. Please refer to the Film Studies Major description for a listing of cross-referenced courses by subcategory.

Integrating exercise consisting of a senior seminar in film studies (400-level courses designated as such will be determined each year). Please note that not all courses are offered every year and equivalent university-level courses taken elsewhere may be approved for use as substitutes. All courses taken toward the minor in film studies need to be approved in advance by the film studies program coordinator.