Film and Media Studies Minor


All students in Northwestern are eligible for SoC minors. Radio/TV/Film majors many not also minor in Film & Media Studies. A minor inside the SoC will not fulfill the field of concentration requirement for the communication studies major.

Declaring the Minor

Students may apply as early as the spring quarter of their first year for admission to the minor, but students can also declare the minor during any quarter. Contact one of the minor advisors to declare the minor.

Film/Media Studies Minor Advising

Roberta Rotman
Annie May Swift Hall, Room 222


At your advising session, the advisor will sign and file your declaration of minor form  and will review with you the courses needed for the minor. The advisor will guide you as you progress toward the minor and will authorize the minor section of your petition to graduate at the end of your junior year. Faculty mentors will be available as needed.

Grade Requirements

No course for any SoC minor may be taken utilizing the P/N option, and all classes must be completed at a grade of C- or better in order to apply toward a minor. 

Minor Requirements (6 Credits)

  • RTVF 220 Analyzing Media Texts
  • 5 additional courses with a primary emphasis on film and/or media studies, including at least 3 at the 300-level. Relevant courses are offered by departments and programs in both Weinberg College and the School of Communication, examples of which are listed below.

Courses in the School of Communication

COMM ST 270-0 Theories of Mass Communication
COMM ST 271-0 Race, Gender, and the Mass Media
COMM ST 275-0 Persuasive Images: Rhetoric of Contemporary Culture
COMM ST 373-0 News Media and American Society
COMP LIT 206 Literature and Media
RTVF 202-0 Freshman Topics Seminar
RTVF 230 Understanding Media Contexts
RTVF 298-0 Studies in Media Topics
RTVF 301-0 Race and Ethnicity in Film and TV
RTVF 310-0 Television History
RTVF 312-1,2 History of Film
RTVF 313-1 Documentary Film: History and Criticism
RTVF 313-2 Documentary Film and Video
RTVF 321-0 Radio/Television/Film Authorship
RTVF 322-0 Radio/Television/Film Genre
RTVF 323-1 Experimental Film: History and Criticism
RTVF 323-2 Experimental Film and Video
RTVF 325-0 Film, Media, and Gender
RTVF 326-0 Film and TV Criticism
RTVF 330-0 Culture Industries
RTVF 331-0 Regulation of Broadcasting
RTVF 334-0 Media Arts and Visual Culture
RTVF 341-0 Technological Innovations
RTVF 342-0 Program Planning and Programming
RTVF 345-0 History of Hollywood Cinema
RTVF 351-0 National Cinema
RTVF 353-0 Film, Media, and Globalization
RTVF 398-0 Symposium: Issues in Radio/Television/Film 

400-level courses in RTVF will be offered on a space available/permission of the instructor basis.

Courses in WCAS

ART HIST 389 Special Topics: Arts of Asia and the Middle East (Content varies. May count for the minor if there is a primary emphasis in film or media studies.)
ART HIST 390 Undergraduate Seminar (Content varies. May count for the minor if there is a primary emphasis in film or media studies.)
CLASSICS 245 Classics and the Cinema
COMP LIT 383-0 Special Topics in Theory: Image/Text: Literature and Photography 
ENGLISH 386-0 Studies in Literature and Film
FRENCH 372-0 Medieval Movies
FRENCH 375-0 French Film
FRENCH 390-0 Topics in Culture (Content varies. May count for the minor if there is a primary emphasis in film or media studies.)
GERMAN 228-0 The German Film
HISTORY 292 Topics in History (Content varies. May count for the minor if there is a primary emphasis in film or media studies.)
ITALIAN 251-1 Introduction to Italian Cinema
ITALIAN 277 Neorealism and International Film: Framing Reality
ITALIAN 351 Advanced Italian Cinema: Power of Form
RELIGION 371 Religion and Film
SLAVIC 267-0 Czech Culture: Film, Visual Arts, Music
SLAVIC 367-1,2 Russian Film
SLAVIC 368-0 Andrei Tarkovsky’s Aesthetics and World Cinema
SPANISH 380 Topics in Film: The Silver Screen in Latin America and/or Spain
SPANISH 397 Topics in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures (Content varies. May count for the minor if there is a primary emphasis in film or media studies.)

Course Exceptions

There may be more courses eligible for the minor than are on the current list. If the course has a primary emphasis in film or media studies, it is probably eligible, but it must be approved by the faculty director of the film and media studies minor program before it can count for the minor. To check on whether a course can count toward the minor, see the minor advisor. The following courses will not count toward the minor: production courses, screenwriting courses, student-organized seminars, internships, field studies, and independent studies.