Film Studies Minor

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The Minor in Film Studies offers students the opportunity for interdisciplinary preparation in film analysis. The focus of the Film Studies minor is analytical, with a specific focus on the appreciation of film as an aesthetic and fictive medium. With its focused program centered on the analysis of film narrative, Film Studies has become an important interdisciplinary field of study, particularly because courses in film analysis allow students the chance to develop excellent critical thinking skills, an enhanced appreciation of artistic form, and a broad understanding of our global context.

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About the Program

  • Complete in as few as 12 months
  • 12 core credit hours + 6 elective credit hours

Through courses taught in several different departments across the University, the Film Studies minor at UTRGV provides a strong background in film analysis while also providing a unique chance for students to immerse themselves in an increasingly popular academic subject: Film.



1 – Film Studies Core – 12 hours

FILM 3307 or ENGL 3307 Introduction to Film Studies
FILM 3325 or THTF 3315 History and Significance of the Motion Picture
FILM 4307 or ENGL 4307 Topics in Film Theory
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FILM 4308 or ENGL 4308 Topics in International Film
FILM 4309 or ENGL 4309 Special Topics in Film

2 – Film Studies Electives – 6 hours

FILM 2312 or ENGL 2312 History of Film as Visual Art
FILM 3308 or ENGL 3308 Literature and Film Adaptation
FILM 3331 or PHIL 3331 Philosophy of Film
FILM 3395 or POLS 3395 Movies and Politics
FILM 4308 or ENGL 4308 Topics in International Film*
FILM 4309 or ENGL 4309 Special Topics in Film*
FILM 4363 or HIST 4363 History of Mexican Film

*Course may be taken up to two times for credit when the topic varies.


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Tuition and Financial Aid

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Financial Aid

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  • Prior College Hours
  • College Entrance Exams (SAT/ACT)
  • Rigor of High School Courses Completed
  • Leadership Experience
  • Community Involvement
  • Career Goals

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Program Contact

Dr. Linda Belau
Phone: 956-665-3424 (Edinburg)