Undergraduate Minor

Minor in Screenwriting

Minor in Screenwriting
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Minor Undergraduate
College of Arts and Letters

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.

College of Arts and Letters

Department of English

Undergraduate Program
Minor in Screenwriting

The Minor in Screenwriting, which is administered by the Department of English, offers undergraduate students a foundation in the production of scripts for fiction films and television programs.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. With approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who are planning careers in writing for film and television should consider combining this minor with a major in Film Studies or Digital Storytelling.

Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult the undergraduate advisor in the Department of English or the Director of Film Studies in the Department of English.


Students considering the Minor in Screenwriting must have a minimum grade-point average of 2.0.

Requirements for the Minor in Screenwriting

Complete a minimum of 16 credits from the following:
1. One of the following introductory courses in Film Studies (4 credits):
FLM  230 Introduction to Film  4
FLM 260 Introduction to Digital Film and Emergent Media  4
2. All of the following core courses (9 credits):
FLM  334 Introduction to Screenwriting (W)  3
FLM  434 Advanced Screenwriting (W)  3
FLM  484 Advanced Topics in Screenwriting  3
3. At least one of the following courses (3 credits):  
DS  202 Writing for Digital Storytelling  3
ENG  227 Introduction to Playwriting  3
FLM  255 Stars and Directors  3
FLM  300 History of Film to Midcentury  3
FLM  301 History of Film after Midcentury  3
FLM  337 Topics in Film Form  3
FLM  350 National and Transnational Cinemas  3
FLM  355 Studies in Film Genres  3
FLM  380 Classical Film and Media Theory  3
FLM  381 Contemporary Film and Media Theory  3
FLM  400 Seminar in the History of Film (W)  3
FLM  450 Studies in Ethnic Film  3
FLM  451 Studies in Postcolonial Film  3
FLM  452 Studies in Film, Gender, and Sexuality  3
FLM  460 Seminar in Digital Film and Emergent Media (W)  3
FLM  480 Seminar in Film and Media Theory (W)  3
FLM  484 Advanced Topics in Screenwriting  3
(may be repeated with a different topic) 
FLM  491 Special Topics in Film Studies  3
THR  304 Topics in Acting/Directing II  3
THR  350 Plays as Film  3