Minor in FMST

Because colleges and universities – and modern education in general – depend on media, a Film and Media Studies minor can enhance any major. All disciplines require media. Traditionally this has meant print media, but over the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, many other media have joined print as tools for education. Most disciplines treat these media as unproblematic conduits to information or content.  Film and Media Studies attend to the qualities of specific media and examine how information and content are shaped, critically, by the media used to convey them. 

An FMST minor, then, can help you expand your general understanding of media mechanisms and histories and help you see your major and other areas of study in new ways. 

im • por • tant: If you've already declared a minor in LCST or Film, your curricula are posted alongside the minor information for FMST (look over at the menu on the left).  If you have already declared, you have two choices: 1. You can complete your LCST or Film minor curriculum and graduate under that program name, or 2. You can consider changing your major or minor to FMST.  In either case, we urge you to talk with your major advisor or the FMST director.

Requirements for the FMST Minor

A total of 18 credits are required, with at least 9 credits from courses numbered 300 or above. These courses are required:

  • FMST 250 - Introduction to Film and Media Studies (4)
  • FMST 302 - Theories of Film & Media (3)
  • FMST 310 - Topics in Media History (3) AMST 202 - Cinema & the Modernization of U.S. Culture(4)
  • FMST 330 - Topics in Global Media (3)
  • FMST 370 - Topics: Media in Practice (1-3)

You choose your remaining elective credits in consultation with your FMST advisor. See the Undergraduate Catalog.

Thinking FMST

Two men are in a windowless jail cell.  One is American, a native speaker of English. The other is Italian and speaks only a little English.  The Italian finds a piece of chalk and scratches on the wall:









He examines his work, and then asks the American, “Do you say, ‘I look at the window’ or ‘I look out the window’?”

The American pauses, then says, a little sadly, “In this case I’m afraid you have to say ‘I look at the window’.”

Watch It: our scenario comes from the 1986 film Down by Law (Jim Jarmusch); in the exceprt we've linked it's at 5:44.