Film Studies Minor

Classroom Discussion

The Film Studies Minor is a 15-hour interdisciplinary program that helps students develop the skills to appreciate all aspects of the film experience. The program draws faculty and courses from these departments:

  • Communication and Fine Arts
  • English
  • Modern Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Theology and Religious Studies

Film Studies students will approach film as an art form that provokes complex intellectual and emotional responses. Films force us to think and feel at the same time, which is to say that they make us more human than we are when we aren’t doing both of these things at the same time. To study film is to examine the intersection between intellectual and emotional responses to experience, which is to say that to study film is to get to the bottom of what makes films fascinating. 

In addition to making art out of this intersection, films preserve the life and perspective of the cultures from which they emerge. Each film culture treats the fundamentals of film form (staging, cinematography, editing, sound) in a way that sheds light on that culture’s uniqueness. By becoming literate in both these fundamentals and the conventions and strategies that span all film cultures, Film Studies students will become critical readers of—and valuable participants in—the very media-saturated, very multicultural worlds they inhabit.

Students must take a total of 15 hours to earn Film Studies minor. A grade of C or better in the Film Study courses is required. A list of of the Film Studies Courses is found on the Rockhurst online catalog.

Film Studies Advisory Board

Jason Arthur, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, Division Chair of Humanities and Fine Arts

M. Kathleen Madigan, Ph.D., Professor of Modern Languages

Robert Vigliotti, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy