Screenwriting Minor


Combining theory and practice, the Screenwriting Minor prepares students to develop original stories, scripts, and screenplays for production as works of moving-image art. In keeping with the interdisciplinary spirit of the Film Studies Program, this minor integrates creative practice with critical study. In addition to developing skills for writing for the screen in a variety of forms—fictional narrative film, experimental film, documentary, animation, television, and/or new media—students will garner a foundational understanding of film history and theory and of storytelling conventions across media. Through this in-depth study of the art of screenwriting, students will be able to hone their own distinct voices, gaining crucial professional experience for careers in film and television writing. Administered by the Film Studies Program, the Screenwriting Minor is comprised of its courses and courses from ACCAD, English, Film Studies, and Theatre.

The minor in screenwriting requires the completion of 18 credit hours spread across: 1 introduction to film studies course, 1 introductory course in the history or practice of storytelling, 1 advanced film studies course, 1 course in story development, 1 course introducing students to screenwriting, and 1 course in the business of screenwriting and more advanced techniques. Students interested in the minor should meet with the Film Studies Program Coordinator to map out curricular options. Once the course work has been planned, students may declare the minor in the college/school office. Once the Minor curriculum has been completed students must file a minor form with the Film Studies Program Office. For further information about the screenwriting minor, contact the Film Studies Program,


Introduction to Film Studies 3 CH

Choose 1 course from this area, which explores the critical world of film studies at an introductory level. Courses in the area focus on critical engagement with the cinema, the history of film, and understanding film as a cultural phenomenon.

Introduction to Storytelling 3 CH

Choose 1 course from this area to begin developing skills as a writer. Students should choose a course that will help them explore writing styles that will aid them in the creation of specific types of screenplays. Options include exploring classic writing styles, writing fiction, or pursuing digital media composition.

Advanced Film Studies 3 CH

Choose 1 course from this area to explore a specific type of film at an advanced level. Students should choose a course that will allow them to study a mode of film production, the style of a specific director, or a regional cinema.

Screenwriting Concentration 9 CH

Choose 3 courses from this area, which allows students to gain in-depth experience in the screenwriting process. This section of the minor is meant to let students move through the multiple stages of screenwriting from developing a story, creating a cinematic world, writing a short film script, understanding the business of being a screenwriter and writing a feature length screenplay.

Minor Form

Once the minor program has been completed, students must file a minor checklist form with the Film Studies Program office. For further information about the minor program, or if you need a disability accessible format, please email the Film Studies Program or contact the office at 150 Hagerty Hall.

Screenwriting minor program guidelines

The following guidelines govern this minor:

  • Required for graduation 18 Credit hours required. 
  • Transfer and EM credit hours allowed A student is permitted to count up to 6 total hours of transfer credit and/or credit by examination.
  • Overlap with the GE A student is permitted to overlap up to 6 credit hours between the GE and the minor. Overlap with the major and additional minor(s)
  • The minor must be in a different subject than the major.
  • The minor must contain a minimum of 12 hours distinct from the major and/or additional minor(s). Prerequisites: Some of the advanced courses included in the minor have prerequisites; check with your advisor for further information. Grades required
  • Minimum C- for a course to be listed on the minor.
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative point-hour ratio required for the minor.
  • Course work graded Pass/Non-Pass cannot count on the minor.
  • No more than 3 credit hours of coursework graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory may count toward the minor.
  • X193 credits: No more than 3 credit hours.
  • Approval required The minor course work must be approved by the Film Studies Program Coordinator. Filing the minor program form The minor program form must be filed at least by the time the graduation application is submitted to a college/school counselor.
  • Changing the minor: Once the minor program is filed in the college office, any changes must be approved by Film Studies Program Coordinator Matt Swift (

*If you began the minor before autumn 2016, please contact an advisor.

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