The minor in screenwriting is designed for students in all disciplines who want to explore and develop skills in writing for film and television. 

Many students who pursue this minor are majoring in disciplines like cinema studies; media, society, and the arts; and theatre and performance. The skills developed in screenwriting complement a liberal arts education.

Students interested in the minor must submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study. Upon admission to the minor, the student will be assigned a minor advisor from the screenwriting faculty.

Academic Requirements for the Minor in Screenwriting

Five courses, to include:

  • PSW 1010/Screenwriting I (4 credits)
  • CIN 1500/Introduction to Cinema Studies I (4 credits)
    or
    CIN 1030/History of Film Art (4 credits)
  • PSW 2000/Screenwriting II (4 credits)
  • Plus two of the following courses:
    PSW 3000/Screenwriting III (4 credits)
    PSW 3120/The Writer and the Documentary (4 credits)
    PSW 3230/Writers’ Scene Workshop (4 credits)
    PSW 3300/Writing for Television (4 credits)
    PSW 3400/TV Writers’ Room (4 credits)
    PSW 3500/Writing the Web Series (4 credits)

Updates to the 2019-20 Course Catalog

April 21, 2020

  • Added CIN 1030 as alternative to CIN 1500
  • Added PSW 3400 and PSW 3500 to course choices
  • Removed CIN 1510 from course choices