English and Journalism

Interdisciplinary Minor in Film

Film plays an increasingly important role in many disciplines. The Interdisciplinary Film Minor at Western Illinois University gives students the opportunity to explore multiple ways films can be viewed and the skills they need as they find themselves living in a world more and more defined by visual literacy.

The Interdisciplinary Film Minor combines aspects of critical and theoretical approaches to film with opportunities for production and performance experience. The Minor offers a broad range of courses including international cinemas, film theory and criticism, documentary, women in film and television, and production and acting techniques. Students will be taught by experienced faculty who are members of the Society for Media and Cinema Studies, have participated in national film festivals and conferences and have widely published in the field of film studies. A group of students attended the Chicago SCMS confeence with Dr. Roberta DiCarmine in March 2013.

The Interdisciplinary Film Minor makes a valuable complement to a range of undergraduate majors. The Minor provides critical skills in visual literacy, and it prepares students for careers in film review, production, and performance, broadcasting, education, advertising, and graphic arts.

In addition to course work, Western Illinois University provides opportunities for students to participate in a number of film-related activities, including an International Film Series, the University Union Board’s Cinema Showcase, and a Summer Film Series, as well as numerous screenings, workshops, and lectures by guest speakers throughout the academic year. The Film Studies Club screens films on a regular basis and assists with local events such as the Cornfed Film Fest.

The Interdisciplinary Film Minor has a total of 18 hours, 9 of which are required courses designed to give students a broad overview of film history and culture. The electives (9 hours) may be taken from several departments, according to students’ needs and interests.

Requirements for interdisciplinary minor in film

Academic Advisers: Dr. Richard Ness, Department of Broadcasting; Dr. Roberta Di Carmine, Department of English and Journalism

  1. Core Courses: 9 s.h.
    • BC/ENG 290 – Introduction to Film (3)
    • BC/ENG 390 – Film History (3)
    • BC/ENG 496 – Topics in Film (3)
  2. Electives: 9 s.h.
    • AAS/ENG 354 – African American Film
    • AAS 483 – African Cinema (3)
    • BC 232 – Film Techniques (3)
    • BC 333 – The Hollywood Studio System: Structure and Process (3)
    • BC/ENG 394 – Documentary Film and Video (3)
    • BC/ENG/WS 494 – Women and Film/Television (3)
    • ENG 389 – Film Theory and Criticism (3)
    • ENG 392 – National Cinemas (3)
    • ENG 393 – American Film Genres (3)
    • ENG 395 – Film and Literature (3)
    • ENG/REL 492 – Religion Literature and Film (3)
    • FL 392 – French Cinema (3)
    • POLS 301 – Politics and Cinema (3)
    • THEA 473 – Acting and the Camera (3)

Have a question about the film minor? Contact Dr. Roberta Di Carmine today.