Minor in Film and Media Studies

Catalog Year: 2020-2021

This interdisciplinary minor explores mass culture in its visual manifestations and helps students develop an informed awareness of culture and media, ideological tendencies, and effects on daily experience. Committed to interdisciplinary studies, the program addresses the increasing complexity and multiplicity of visual cultures and offers students the tools with which to read a variety of texts, including film, television, video, and new media.

Most coursework is offered through the Departments of Communication and English, with other courses available through the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and the Film and Video Studies Program. The two required courses provide an introduction to the languages of film and popular media and modes of analysis appropriate to each. They are prerequisites for all advanced work in the minor. Students select four additional courses designed to introduce a more specialized level of study. Students may decide to focus on film, television, or the study of mass culture, or they may choose some mix of courses that suits their interests.


Cynthia Fuchs, Program Director

Thomas Britt, Film and Video Studies; Giovanna Chesler, Film and Video Studies; Mark Cooley, Art and Visual Technology; Jeremy Freer, School of Music; Timothy Gibson, Communication; Carma Hinton, Robinson Professor; Alison Landsberg, History and Art History; Carla Marcantonio, English; David Miller, Communication; Janine Ricouart, Modern and Classical Languages; Jessica Scarlata, English; Benjamin Steger, Film and Video Studies; Gail Scott White, Art and Visual Technology; Martin Winkler, Modern and Classical Languages.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

ENGH 372 Introduction to Film (Mason Core) 3
COMM 380 Media Criticism 3
Total Credits 6


AVT, COMM, and FAVS majors can only use 6 elective credits from their home department toward the Film and Media Studies minor. Only six credits total for any students may be FAVS courses.

Select 12 credits from the following: 12
AVT 377
Contemporary Chinese Film  
Introduction to Media Production  
Media Theory  
Mass Communication and Public Policy  
Multi-Camera Studio Production  
Digital Postproduction  
Gender, Race, and Class in the Media  
Visual Communication  
Sports and the Media  
Media Production Practicum  
Comparative Mass Media (Mason Core)  
Introduction to Cultural Studies 1  
Popular Culture 1, 2  
Global Voices (Mason Core) 1, 2  
Introduction to Documentary (Mason Core)  
Television Studies  
Film and Video Forms 3  
Cultural Constructions of Sexualities 1  
Topics in Popular Literature 1  
RS: Topics in Film/Media History (Mason Core) 2  
Topics in Film/Media Theory 2  
Topics in Film/Media Studies 2  
Independent Study 1  
FAVS 225
The History of World Cinema (Mason Core)  
FAVS 250
Business of Film and Television  
FAVS 300
Global Horror Film (Mason Core)  
FAVS 352
Ethics of Film and Video (Mason Core)  
FAVS 399
Special Topics in Film and Video Studies 2  
French and Francophone Cinema 1  
Topics in World Cinema  
Japanese Cinema  
MUSI 301
Music in Motion Pictures (Mason Core)  
Topics in (Post) Soviet Film 1  
Total Credits 12