- Offered as:
Film studies explores how cinema both reflects and influences the facts, ideas, and activities of any given society. Film allows us to view and become familiar with diverse cultures, traditions, and ways of thinking. The film studies minor also teaches students how to discern the cinematic and narrative features that are used in cinematography and how culture can influence them. The study of film encourages critical thinking, respect for cultural diversity, and detailed knowledge of film as a text of facts and ideas.
- Strengths of the program
- Explore acclaimed national and international films, both commercial and independent, many of which are unavailable for rental.
- The film studies minor is a strong complement to several majors that examine societal issues.
- Scholarships are offered annually to new and ongoing students, and for study abroad.
- Learn to analyze the nature, history, and function of film in an interdisciplinary manner that broadens your horizons and provides training in critical thought.
- Learn about modern communication techniques and develop your media literacy skills.
- Courses in the minor can help you recognize cinematographic features that enhance film viewing.
- Choose from a wide array of courses that will enhance both your perception of and respect for the diversity of cultures in this country and around the world.
- Courses you could take
The film studies minor requires a minimum of 18 hours of credit (9 in core courses and 9 from an approved list of electives). Here's a small sample of the courses you could take:
Race in Sport Films
Stereotypes in Communication
Crime and Justice in the Movies
History in Media
French and Francophone Film
The film studies minor is flexible and accommodates a broad range of interests.
See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and a complete list of available courses. Talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
For all students
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, start by doing these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration.
- Complete the FAFSA(Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need.
For film studies students
The School of Languages, Cultures, and Race awards numerous scholarships annually for new students, continuing students, and those pursuing study abroad. Visit the school's scholarship page for more information.
Students may also apply for more than $50,000 in scholarships awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Visit the CAS website for more scholarship information.
- Careers in film studies
The film studies minor brings together a broad range of interdisciplinary courses that can serve as both an ideal foundation for and a complement to most majors in liberal arts. The study of film enhances one’s ability to understand and address issues in areas as varied as aesthetics, human relations, the diversity of cultures, communication, advertising and consumption, socioeconomic concerns, and politics. Whatever the precise focus, all film courses provide firm, foundational knowledge about people, society, and the world, as well as the critical-thinking skills and human insights that are important for leadership in all professions.
Graduates with a film studies minor can enter every profession imaginable and are employed as teachers and professors on all levels, librarians, journalists, archivists, editors, photographers, advertising executives, public relations consultants, business people, lawyers, and television workers.