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.

Film studies courses: What will you learn?

Sample courses include:

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    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

Professor of Communication Studies

Harry Kuoshu

Herring Professor of Asian Studies

Janet Kwami

Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Willard Pate

Professor of English

Ilka Rasch

Associate Professor of German
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