Film Studies

The film studies minor is for the student who loves watching movies and wants to develop a deeper understanding about the connections that films have to a greater awareness of national cultures and ideologies. Students are exposed to a wide variety of national cinemas, film genres and theories as they prepare for graduate work in film studies, social sciences, humanities, arts, or to enhance their understanding of this element of communication and culture.

Program Highlights

  • Intensive year-long, self-designed senior capstone project in area of emphasis
  • Cross-disciplinary study allows students to integrate film courses offered in media arts, English, political science, world languages and other academic areas
  • Emphasis on studying the cinema as an important part of how culture is expressed
  • Explore national cinemas as a way to broaden one’s world view


Internships with local media and communications outlets also are a key component of study. Examples include KATU-TV in Portland, Portland independent filmmakers, a National Guard newspaper and Voltage Pictures in Hollywood, producers of the academy award-winning film "The Hurt Locker." This broad-based approach allows graduates to gravitate to a variety of fields from television and newspapers to web design and marketing.

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Students take special topics courses as they explore the role of film and movies on society and culture. They explore the study of film through a myriad of lenses including history, critical analysis, and cultural studies. Past special topics have included film noir, feminist film theory, 1970s American cinema and history of the documentary.

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