The Film Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary program offered in the Department of Communication, Media and Screen Studies. The core courses provide students foundational skills for thinking critically about, and appreciating the aesthetics of, mainstream and no-so-mainstream cinema, its impact on their lives, and its place in their world. The broad understanding these critical and foundational skills provide serves as a starting point upon which students can build by choosing appropriate film courses from other compatible disciplines throughout the university. Thus, student interests are not confined to a single department or to one field of study. The minor is appropriate for students who are not specifically interested in film production; but at the same time, it will provides the student filmmaker a broader understanding of the cultural, global and formal aspects of cinema and thus inform his or her work in meaningful ways.