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Minor in Film Studies

What is a film studies minor?

In the span of nearly 130 years, filmmaking has grown from an entertainment novelty into one of the most pervasive artistic endeavors in human history. An interest in films can lead to an understanding of how the art informs and is informed by¬ the cultures that surround it. A film studies minor, designed as a secondary course of study that complements a student’s major interest or interests, is the ticket to comprehending the power of one of society’s major forms of mass communication.

Why minor in film studies at Furman?

As a private liberal arts and sciences university, Furman provides an exceptional environment for multidisciplinary studies, allowing students to find connections between multiple areas of interest. The film studies minor includes course options from nine academic disciplines. Small class sizes help provide one-on-one access to faculty who are among the best in their fields. Students work directly with advisors on advanced research opportunities, taking advantage of state-of-the-art resources and facilities. Get in touch with our admissions team to learn more.

Careers for film studies minors

A film studies minor provides experience in critical thinking and close textual analysis, which can be applied across academic disciplines and fields of graduate studies. You can also develop skills in multiplatform communication and aesthetic appreciation, as well as awareness of the political, cultural, societal and gender issues that inform today’s films, all skills that you can take with you into graduate school or the job market, or that can enhance your media consumption.

Film studies courses: What will you learn?

Great Film Directors

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Contemporary Issues on Film

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92%
Furman graduates who participated in high-impact experiences
9
academic disciplines represented in the film studies course catalog
6th
National Liberal Arts College in the Southeast rank from U.S. News and World Report

What our students say

“I find it incredibly rewarding to uncover the subliminal, overarching messages that writers and directors put into their films. Being a film studies minor has greatly expanded my knowledge of cinema and its history, allowing me to better understand how films films are made, everything from camera techniques to commercial marketing, on top of improving my skills of writing and analysis in hopes that one day I may have the opportunity to pursue a career in the industry.” – Eli Kibler ’24

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s film studies faculty represents decades of study and field expertise. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

  • Richard Letteri
    Title:

    Professor of Communication Studies

    Richard Letteri
    Title:

    Professor of Communication Studies

    Phone Number: 8642943170

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  • Harry Kuoshu
    Title:

    Herring Professor of Asian Studies

    Harry Kuoshu

    Harry Kuoshu
    Title:

    Herring Professor of Asian Studies

    Phone Number: 8642942278

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  • Janet Kwami
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Communication Studies

    Janet Kwami

    Janet Kwami
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Communication Studies

    Phone Number: 8642942304

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  • Willard Pate
    Title:

    Professor of English

    Dr. Pate

    Willard Pate
    Title:

    Professor of English

    Phone Number: 8642943149

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  • Ilka Rasch
    Title:

    Associate Professor of German

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    Ilka Rasch
    Title:

    Associate Professor of German

    Phone Number: 8642943182

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  • FAQ

    How do I declare a minor?

    Like declaring a major, students meet with the minor chair to discuss the details.

    How many minors can I declare?

    There is no limit to the number of minors a student may declare.

    Why should I take on a minor?

    A minor program is an excellent way to explore further interests, gain additional skills to attract future employers, and discover connections between the different subjects you’re passionate about. Many students find that taking on a minor makes for a more well-rounded and complete educational experience.

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