The Film Minor
The Film Minor is a great opportunity for students from other majors to explore the film classes we offer in the Department of English and earn a minor in the process. In fact, some majors even require a minor (such as CMAT, from whom we’ve had many film minors in the past). And you may find that you are well on your way toward earning a minor in film, particularly if you have already taken more than one of our film courses in the Department of English.
For now, consider that taking several film courses will help you develop skills that can be applied in numerous professional contexts. These skills include:
Audio-visual literacy: learning to “read” the images and interpret the sonic material of film is invaluable in numerous vocations related to multi-media resources, teaching, marketing, advertising, business development, public relations, company management, journalism, and the arts.
Superior writing: understanding the minutiae of films, and being able to describe what you perceive within them precisely in terms of impact and meaning helps you deepen your writing skills. This is invaluable experience for virtually every profession. Developing superior writing skills within film courses means that you learn to pinpoint what you mean to say with confidence, along with allowing for the nuances of precise details. This translates into numerous professions because it also translates into being able to speak and communicate with greater confidence. Moreover, most professions value superior writing skills since we all rely on written forms of explanation, introduction, and progress, no matter what the professional context may be.
Superior research skills: the research which we require that you complete for our film courses is a form of investigative training that, again, translates into many concrete vocational experiences. Whenever you make a claim in a film course, you are asked to provide evidence, and to apply a disciplined approach to substantiating your position on a given film. Because subjective impressions are so important in film experiences, it becomes all the more important for our students to develop strong skills of persuasion and precision. These skills of argument are useful in whatever profession you choose. We help you ground your understanding of any material with confidence because you must become involved in the demands of original, disciplined research. You learn to bring your findings together as well as how to make your own original contributions to our collective knowledge.
Finally, a word about the environment for film studies at Salisbury University: ours is an energetic, growing program of students who are enthusiastic about films and want to understand them better. Studying films through our courses will, at the very least, foster a greater enjoyment of cinema. Not only will you learn great transferable skills, you will get more from the stories of film and what they can offer you for the rest of your life.
To learn more about the minor itself and what we require, please visit the minor checklist, found here:
And if you have any questions about specific courses or the minor more generally, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Click the “Faculty” link on the menu at left for specific contact information; email is usually the most efficient way to reach us. We look forward to talking with you about the minor and the way it can complement your current coursework.