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.

Featured film studies courses

  • 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

Richard Letteri

Professor of Communication Studies

Willard Pate

Professor of English

Ilka Rasch

Associate Professor of German
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