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Skidmore College
Media and Film Studies


The Media and Film Studies minor allows students to explore the function and structure of written, aural, and visual communication systems; to obtain a theoretical and contextual grounding in media and film studies; and to practice the application of current and developing forms of media technology related to communication. The program involves interdisciplinary study across the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

The minor consists of a minimum of five courses (minimally 18 credits), which have been designated as part of the program.

  1. All students will complete MF 101: Introduction to Media Studies (4 credits).
  2. Students must take at least three courses cross-divisionally from two clusters: "Media and Culture" and "Applied Media." Each of these three courses must come from a different disciplinary division (Humanities, Social Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts, and Natural Sciences and Technology), with at least one course from each cluster.
  3. Students must complete one additional course, in any cluster or disciplinary division, from the list of courses approved for the minor. In exceptional cases a 3- or 4- credit independent study may complete this requirement, but is subject to pre-approval by the program director.
  4. At least one course must be completed at the 300-level for the minor.
  5. Students must complete a structured field experience in consultation with the director that involves the student in applied learning. Students can fulfill this requirement through internships, independent studies, or a significant noncredit-bearing experience.
  6. Students will work closely with their advisors to select courses that form a meaningful and coherent individual curriculum.
  7. No more than two courses may be double-counted toward other college requirements.
  8. No more than two courses taken at another institution may be counted toward the media and film studies minor.
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