Documentary Studies Minor

This minor is designed for students seeking to study the meaning and the making of creative non-fiction stories in video and audio formats. Students will gain a background in the history and philosophy of the mass media genre, as well as gain advanced-level skills in video documentary and audio documentary production. The minor will prepare students for professional work in documentary media-making and for advanced study in documentary media. If interested contact the Department of Communication and Media, B-12 IRC, (607) 436-3411.

Core Courses 12 s.h.

MCOM 252 Writing for Radio, TV, and Film

MCOM 279 The Documentary Tradition

MCOM 353 Audio Documentary Production

MCOM 362 Video Documentary Production

Selections 6 s.h.

Select two of the following:

  • ALS 208 African American & Latinos in Film and TV
  • COMM 215 Interviewing
  • COMM 241 Gender Communication
  • MCOM 256 Broadcast Announcing
  • MCOM 258 New Media
  • MCOM 259 Mass Media and Culture
  • MCOM 262 Reporting
  • MCOM 280 Basic Film Production
  • MCOM 281 Art of the Motion Picture
  • MCOM 283 The Development of Film
  • MCOM 284 Great Films of Great Directors
  • MCOM 285 Film Genres
  • MCOM 301 Broadcast Journalism
  • MCOM 380 Advanced Film Production

TOTAL 18 s.h.


1. College rules pertaining to curriculum majors also apply to curriculum minors

  • Minor GPA of at least 2.0
  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade unless offered Pass/Fail only
  • One-half (1/2) of the minor coursework must be completed in residence
  • No more than two courses may overlap between/among all majors/minors; any excess requires additional coursework

2. Check proper course selection, sequence and prerequisite requirements with the department of the minor