Jul 23, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Cinema and Screen Studies Interdisciplinary Minor (A)

Richard Dunham, Chair, Department of Theatre and Cinema
178 Porterfield Hall
(540) 831-5012

Michael J. Meindl, M.F.A
2121 HB
(540) 831-6039

Offered by the department of Theatre and Cinema and the School of Communication, the interdisciplinary minor in Cinematic Arts consists of 18 semester hours.

REAL Curriculum

This minor fulfills the A area of the REAL Curriculum The cinematic arts minor allows students to explore formalist, historical, and cultural analysis of cinema and other screen media. Students need majors and/or minors to fulfill the R, E, and L areas to complete the REAL Curriculum requirements.

REAL Cornerstone Requirements

Writing Intensive (WI) Courses (6 credits)

Writing Intensive courses are denoted below with a (WI). Two writing intensive courses are required to graduate, with at least one at the 300- or 400-level. The Cinematic Arts minor includes 3 credits of writing intensive courses.

General Education Requirements

General Education courses will be denoted below with a (GE). Students are required to take at least 30 credit hours of general education designated courses within their degree requirements. The Cinematic Arts minor includes 6 general education credits.

Minor Requirements (18 credits)


Electives must be approved by their Cinematic Arts advisor prior to registration. Some courses may have prerequisites or require permission of the instructor before registration.

Other courses with a significant film component may be used as an elective. Students wishing to petition a course to be included as an elective must email the program director(s) and include a copy of the course’s syllabus. The final decision as to whether the course will count as an elective rests with the program director(s). Special topic courses that sometimes have a film component include: THEA 475 , COMS 460 , and CRJU 490 .

No more than 6 credits can count for both the minor and any other program the student has declared.

Total Credit Hours for Minor 18