Documentary Studies Minor - DOC

This minor is only available to students who matriculated prior to Fall 2018.

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.

(Pre-Fall 2018 courses in parentheses)

Core Courses 12 s.h.

MCOM 152 Media Writing (MCOM 252 Writing for Radio, TV, and Film)

MCOM 279 The Documentary Tradition

MCOM 353 Advanced Audio Production (Audio Documentary Production)

MCOM 362 Documentary Tradition (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 Broadcasting (Broadcast Announcing)
  • MCOM 258 New Media
  • MCOM 259 Mass Media and Culture
  • MCOM 262 Reporting
  • MCOM 280 Basic Film Production (Basic Motion Picture Production Pre-Fall 2017)
  • 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 (not offered after FA 2016)
  • MCOM 380 Advanced Video 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

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