Cinema Studies Minor
A minor in cinema studies asks you to consider film as a form of entertainment, as a mode of self-expression, as a tool to document and inform, as a vehicle for political action, and as an important economic and cultural commodity.
Cinema studies teaches you to analyze film as a complex system tied to the context of its production, distribution, and consumption. Cinema studies students don’t just write essays and research papers, but learn to use editing software to author videographic scholarship, or “video essays.” This is cutting edge work in the digital humanities.
Cinema Studies students have presented their work at academic conferences, had their work published in scholarly journals, attended international film festivals, and gone on to top graduate programs.
Benefits of a Cinema Studies Minor
- Students study the historical development of the medium around the globe, how film industries are structured, and how films make their way to audiences.
- Pursue a directed study with a professor based on their area of interest. Topics can include a national cinema, film theory, a genre study, a period in film history, or an extended study of an individual filmmaker.
- Cinema studies is a pathway to career opportunities in the film industry, from acquisition and distribution to marketing and advertising, to consulting and development. Other career possibilities include work for film festivals, in archives and museums, and as a film and entertainment journalist.
- Cinema Studies students have 24-hour access to state-of-the-art editing bays equipped with industry-standard software, an extensive collection of production equipment, and a dedicated production studio.
Cinema Studies Minor Requirements
These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outlines the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.