Film Studies

Welcome to Film Studies at Winona State!

We offer introductory and general-education courses in film studies and genres as well as more advanced courses in theory and criticism, directors and stars, and special topics and projects. We partner with the Retiree Center on the Living History Project, the Frozen River Film Festival on our travel study to Telluride, Colorado, and the University Theme each year to provide WSU’s theme-based film series. Our students are also active in a number of projects, courses, and activities supporting the making and promotion of films.

We offer a minor consisting of 21 s.h. and a major consisting of 39 s.h.; we encourage students to consider majoring or minoring in Film Studies alongside their current degree programs, as film is an interdisciplinary, multimodal, entrepreneurial art form, one that involves writers, actors, cinematographers, editors, producers, directors, distributors, curators, and more. Depending upon your circumstances, the minor can be completed in as few as two or three semesters, the major in four.

If you aren’t quite ready to major or minor, you can still enroll in nearly any of our excellent courses. You’ll learn about cinematic techniques and narrative form; about specific genres like horror, science fiction, war, and documentary, among others; about both American and world cinema; and about the history and scope of narrative filmmaking. Our partner departments offer courses in film music, acting, and video production that will provide opportunities to hone your abilities.

Our faculty are engaged in scholarship and professional activity, but we also mentor students in their own endeavors and projects with student learning in mind. Please browse our website to learn about our academic offerings, extracurricular activity, and recent projects, and please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about our offerings.


J Paul Johnson, Ph.D. / Andrea Wood, Ph.D. /
Department of English