Cinema and Media Studies

The minor in Cinema and Media Studies offers the opportunity to study the role of films and other media as artistic expressions and cultural forces. Students will learn critical and theoretical tools for analyzing motion pictures and their historically evolving role in reflecting and shaping social ideologies and norms. The minor in Cinema and Media Studies allows the small-scale but concentrated study of one important art form, and through it, our contemporary world

Highlights and Resources

  • In addition to the CDMS Core course, “Introduction to Cinema,” a variety of courses in the areas of culture/history and production are offered every semester
  • Valpo’s World Cinema Film Series screens films from a range of countries, cultures, and traditions
  • Valpo’s Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources holds more than 2,000 film titles, supplemented by the Language Resource Center’s collection of more than 500 foreign-language films

A minimum of 15 credit hours is required for the minor in cinema and media studies. Specific required courses are listed below.

COMM 270 Introduction to Cinema 3 credits
At least one course from each of the following areas: 6 credits
COMM 198 Introduction to Video Production 3 credits
ART 324 Digital Video Art 3 credits
COMM 291 World Cinema 3 credits
FLF 260 French Film Studies 3 credits
FLGR 260 German Film Studies 3 credits
GEO 274 North American Indian on Film 3 credits
HIST 393 History through Film 3 credits
Electives: 6 credits
Note: Electives may be chosen from any of the above courses that have not already been taken, any other courses approved by the Cinema and Digital Media Studies administrative committee, and any of the following courses when they are taught on film topics.
CC 300 Seminar 3 credits
ENGL 390 Topics in Literature 3 credits
SOC 280 Media and Crime 3 credits
SOC 281 Hollywood Goes to High School 3 credits
SOC 315 Mass Media and Society 3 credits
THTR 252 Writing for Stage and Screen 3 credits
THTR 390 Topics and Projects 3 credits

Administrative Committee

Peter Lutze
Associate Professor of and Chair of Communication
Tel: 219.464.5339
Email: Peter.Lutze@valpo.edu

Timothy Tomasik
Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Richard P. Baepler Distinguished Professor in the Humanities
Tel: 219.464.5263
Email: Timothy.Tomasik@valpo.edu

Lissa Yogan
Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology
Tel: 219.464.5178
Email: Lissa.Yogan@valpo.edu

Liz Wuerffel
Assistant Professor of Art
Tel: 219.465.7908
Email: Liz.Wuerffel@valpo.edu

Yun Xia
Assistant Professor of History
Tel: 219.548.7744
Email: Yun.Xia@valpo.edu