The Film Studies minor curriculum emphasizes critical visual literacy by training students to closely attend to one of the most powerful means of communication and artistic expression in the modern era.
The majority of Film Studies classes invite students to reflect on how we interact with film, the formal codes and conventions deployed in film, the social and political implications of our engagement with film, and how to become critical and active film viewers.
In the process, students are exposed to film history and theory, a range of national cinemas, hands-on practice, and to various modes and contexts of film production, distribution, and exhibition from the early twentieth century to the digital present.
The Minor is fundamentally interdisciplinary, guided by the conviction that meaningful study of film requires attending to history, culture, and the medium’s connections to other forms of communication–from literature, theater, and the traditional arts to contemporary forms of interactive digital media and mass communication.
English Major: Creative Writing Emphasis
EVENTS OF INTEREST TO CREATIVE WRITING EMPHASIS MAJORS
- Writers at Drew
- Drew Poetry’s Society: Participate in spoken-word poetry slams.
- Dodge Poetry Festival: The largest poetry event in North America is mere train stops from campus, and through the English department, Drew students may attend for free.
- Morristown Festival of Books: The event in nearby Morristown brings noted writers together in conversation and the English Department arranges free attendance for students.
- The Drew Club of New York City hosts periodic literary events in the Big Apple. “An Evening of Poetry, Prose, and Holiday Cheer,” for example, featured readings by Drew’s Creative Writing faculty: Patrick Phillips, Courtney Zoffness, Jocelyn Lieu, Jason Schniederman, and Hirsh Sawhney. See photos of the event here.
- Insanity’s Horse
English Major: Literature Emphasis
If you love to read, this is the emphasis for you—even more, if you love to think and talk about what you’ve read. You’ll have the opportunity to read an extraordinary range of novels, stories, plays, poems, and nonfiction texts, drawn from the medieval period to the present, and from all over the English-speaking world. Your courses will cover writers from Chaucer through Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Walt Whitman, James Joyce, to Sylvia Plath, Toni Morrison, Junot Diaz, and on to forms such as graphic novels and science fiction. As a literature major, you’ll learn to read attentively and to think deeply about the questions literary texts raise and how literature engages with the world. those analytical and critical skills will prepare you for careers in many fields from journalism and publishing to teaching and law.
English Major: Writing and Communications Emphasis
You are intrigued by language and the power of writing. You want to use writing to make a difference. You know that writing matters: in how journalists make the news, in how people connect in communities, in how leaders lead. If that sounds like you, the Writing and Communication emphasis of the English major is for you! Writing Studies includes communication, rhetoric, social media studies, journalism, literacy and language, and community writing. It is a rapidly growing field and a vibrant part of the English Major at Drew, applying the close reading and critical thinking skills of the major to a broad array of public texts and contexts. You’ll learn how language shapes what we know, believe, and do. You’ll write to change the world.
HOW ARE INTERNSHIPS AND INDEPENDENT RESEARCH INCORPORATED INTO THIS EMPHASIS?
Writing and Communication Studies is both a theoretical and a practical field, and this is reflected in course content but also in the internships and independent research open to you as a student in Drew’s English major. Our proximity to New York City and major media and publishing companies in New Jersey provides opportunities to intern pretty much anywhere, and our many alumni in the fields of writing and communication provide opportunities for mentorship during and beyond your years at Drew–both for those pursuing internships and for those considering graduate school. Drew’s Center for Internships and Career Development will also work with you to help you find an internship that draws on your interests and and extends your coursework.
Media & Communications
Drew’s major in media & communications allows students to navigate the ever-evolving media landscape like a pro with Drew’s renowned faculty guiding you every step of the way, you’ll gain invaluable knowledge and practical experience through internships, real-world projects, and Drew’s New York Semester on Media & Communications.
Creative Writing Minor
You love language, value imagination, want to emulate your literary idols. You dream of someday seeing your name on the spine of a book.
If you love to read, this is the program for you—even more, if you love to think and talk about what you’ve read. You’ll have the opportunity to read an extraordinary range of novels, stories, plays, poems, and nonfiction texts, drawn from the medieval period to the present, and from all over the English-speaking world.
Writing and Communication Studies Minor
You are intrigued by language and the power of writing. You want to use writing to make a difference. You know that writing matters: in how journalists make the news, in how people connect in communities, in how leaders lead. If that sounds like you, the Writing and Communication minor is for you! Writing Studies includes communication, rhetoric, social media studies, journalism, literacy and language, and community writing.