The film studies minor provides an overview of cultural and practical issues in film art. Five courses are required, each of which must be approved by the director of the minor: an introduction to film history and theory, a course that is a more specialized study of a particular film genre, a course in screenwriting or production, plus two additional director-approved courses. Film-related internships are often available in the Jackson area with the Mississippi Film Office and Crossroads Film Festival.
Five courses are required, all to be approved by the director of the minor.
Students must take an introduction to film history and theory, normally those classes listed below. Choose one of the following courses.
Students must take one specialized course of a particular film genre, director, or issue. Students should take the following film-centered course or an approved film-friendly course.
Students must take one course in screenwriting or production, which may be one of the following film-friendly courses.
Students must take two additional film-friendly courses, all to be approved by the director of the minor.
Various Millsaps courses may be adapted to meet these requirements, all to be approved by the director of the minor.
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BA, Florida State University; MA, Vanderbilt University; PhD, Duke University
"I'm lucky to belong to two great departments, philosophy and religious studies. There's an endlessly interesting interaction between the things I learn in these two fields. Yet my purposes in them are quite distinct: in philosophy I want to see what can be figured out just by the free exercise of reason, while in religious studies I deal with the experiences, practices, and spiritually potent thoughts of actual individuals and historical communities.
"My specialty is philosophy of religion, but in the liberal arts college context I've had the opportunity to explore and teach in many related subjects, including the history of Western philosophy; philosophy of human nature; ethics; aesthetics and philosophy of film; religion and science; religious ethics; and the history of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim thought. My historical and cultural awareness has grown immensely as a result of teaching in the Millsaps humanities core, especially in the Heritage courses.
"I teach because I want to learn and be in conversation, especially about viable ideal standards of realness and goodness. (Platonic Forms? Possibly!) Outside of active inquiry, knowledge isn't alive. Outside of conversation, ideas are untrustworthy. One has to test one's understanding of anything by trying to share it with others. Together we have to test the way we live by trying to apply our best ideas. For me, every class is a fellowship dedicated to these principles."