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Housed within the Department of English, the Film Minor is an interdisciplinary course of study involving collaboration among a number of departments and programs. With courses that treat films as texts and examine the cultural and historical contexts in which films are produced, the Film Minor is open to all students at Le Moyne regardless of their major.

At Le Moyne, film minors consider the aesthetic and entertaining dimensions of films, as well as the ability of film to engage with philosophy, psychology, and society. By paying attention to the relation of film to the humanities, arts, and social sciences, film minors will pursue interdisciplinary inquiry that contributes to an understanding of the technological, narrative, documentary, and experimental nature of film.

Student Learning Goals

In the Film Minor, students will:

  1. learn to watch films closely and pay attention to detail
  2. gain a technical vocabulary for talking and writing about films
  3. acquire an understanding of film rhetoric and respond to films as artistic productions
  4. learn film history
  5. analyze films from varying critical perspectives

Syracuse International Film Festival

Le Moyne’s Film Program is a major sponsor of the Syracuse International Film Festival. For more than ten years, Le Moyne has collaborated with the Festival on a number of projects of interest to Le Moyne’s students and the wider community. In addition to bringing numerous independent filmmakers to campus, the Film Program has hosted forums on such topics as Politics, Economics, and Film and filmmaking in Africa.

Other annual events include the Social Justice and Cinema Showcase, which features films and appearances by filmmakers engaging social issues of national and international concern (such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and gay activism within the church) and the annual Silent Film with Live Music at Syracuse’s Palace Theater, for which the Film Program commissions a score performed live for a classic film from the silent era.

Film Talks

The Le Moyne College Film Program collaborates with the Syracuse International Film Festival to sponsor an annual series called Film Talks. Occurring on campus and at venues throughout Syracuse, Film Talks brings prominent figures from the movie industry to speak to the Le Moyne and Syracuse community about their art and careers. Recent speakers include:

  • renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami
  • well-known actors Giancarlo Esposito, Peter Weller, and Siobhan Fallon Hogan
  • celebrated composer Thomas Newman
  • award-winning sound designer Ben Burtt and cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond

Visit by Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan

 Le Moyne College’s Film Program and Irish Studies Program, in collaboration with the Syracuse International Film Festival, hosted a talk by acclaimed Irish writer/director/producer Jim Sheridan. Sheridan, whose award winning work (Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for writing and directing; international awards too numerous to list) includes My Left Foot (for which Daniel Day Lewis won the first of his Academy Awards as best actor), The Field (for which Richard Harris was nominated for both a Golden Globe and Academy Award), In the Name of the Father (which received seven Academy Award nominations), The Boxer (which was nominated for two Golden Globes, including one for best director), and many others. Sheridan’s adaptation of Sebatian Barry’s The Secret Scripture—starring Vanessa Redgrave, Rooney Mara, Theo James, and Eric Bana—is in post-production and set for a 2016 release. He has just finished writing a play about the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Film Studies Minor

The Film Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary program that not only leads students to explore the many relations among visual media and humanities disciplines but also encourages students to hone and apply their critical thinking and writing skills. Film minors will be invited to participate in the annual Syracuse International Film and Video Festival, an exciting community event held in the fall at venues throughout Syracuse, including Le Moyne.

The following requirements are tentative for Fall 2015.
Please contact the program director for more information.

To complete a film minor, you must take five classes. One of the classes must be History of Film: Beginnings to 1941 (ENG/THR 372; CMM 381). The other four classes can be any combination of the following:

  • Acting (THR 205)
  • Awakenings (COR 100)
  • Critical Approaches to Film (ENG/GWS 371/CMM 380)
  • Documentary Film (CMM 310/ENG 320)
  • French Through Film (FRN 206)
  • History of Film, 1941–Present (ENG/THR 373/CMM 382)
  • Introduction to Film (ENG/CMM 226)
  • Introduction to Video Production (CMM 205)
  • Italian Culture and Cinema (CMM/ITL 303)
  • Literature and Culture: American Idols (ENG 310)
  • Literature and Culture: Crimes and Misdemeanors (ENG 310)
  • Literature and Culture: Representing History: Encountering the Holocaust through Literature, Film, and Art (ENG 310)
  • Monsters and the Monstrous (COR 100)
  • Religion in Contemporary Film (REL 349)
  • Representations of the Media in Film (ENG/CMM/GWS 358)
  • Scriptwriting (ENG/CMM/CRW 387)
  • The Films of Alfred Hitchcock (ENG 378;CMM 383;GWS 359)
  • The Film Soundtrack (CMM/MUS 384)
  • World Religions and Film (REL 350)

Get in Touch

Contact the Program Director:

Dr. Phillip Novak


(315) 445-6220


Contact the Program:

Reilly Hall 240
Film Studies Program
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214


(315) 445-4100