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  • Screenwriting (Minor)

  • Overview

    The Screenwriting minor is offered through the Schools of Public Engagement.

    The minor in Screenwriting is designed to train students in the challenging field of creating stories for the screen (film, TV, web, etc.). Students learn to write feature-length screenplays, both comedic and dramatic teleplays, and explore specialized areas while learning the fundamentals of character, conflict, and scene structure.

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.


    Subject AreaSample CoursesCredits
    Core CoursesNSRW2800 Script Analysis
    NSRW3810 Screenwriting 1
    NSRW3820 Screenwriting 2
    NSRW3830 Screenwriting 3
    Elective CoursesNFLM3565 What Buyers Want: Writing Scripts that Sell
    NSRW3837 Writing for the Web
    NSRW 3842 TV Sitcom Writing
    NSRW 3852 Episodic and Procedurals: Crafting the Original One-Hour Pilot
    NSRW 3853 Sitcom Writing 2: Writing a Full Script

    Learning Outcomes

    By the successful completion of this minor, a student should be able to demonstrate

    • Comprehension of the elements of screenwriting, story structure, and the techniques essential for writing in a variety of narrative mediums: feature-length narrative screenplay, TV shows, webseries and new media.
    • The ability to use those elements and techniques in practice to begin, complete, and rewrite a full-length screenplay for at least one medium.
    • Refined critical skills and language to assess and discuss elements of scripting.
    • The ability to apply critical tools for analysis to consider and offer constructive feedback on a peer's creative work-in-progress.
    • Proficiency in use of technical screenwriting terminology and formatting.
    • Understanding of best practices for presenting screenplays in a professional context.


    Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses taken for the minor. Those students who maintain a grade of B or better in all of their required courses will also be eligible for a Certificate in Screenwriting.

    For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Marcus Turner, Director of Undergraduate Programs at Media Studies, at

    How to Declare or Change a Minor

    General guidelines for declaring a minor are available here. Current students can declare or change a minor by logging in to, clicking on the Academics tab, and then clicking on the link to Major/Minor Declarations.

  • Take the Next Step

    Contact your Student Success advisor to discuss how a minor will fit with your degree requirements.

    Declare or change a minor on in the Academics tab. Note that some minors require an application.

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