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Unless the rules  of the SACS are drastically different from those of the North Central Association (Higher Learning Commission), I don't think that regional accreditation should be an issue for starting a film studies minor.  The regional accrediting agencies normally accredit the entire school; they get involved in individual programs only if they involve a drastic change that would affect the school's mission or significantly alter its profile (for example, if you were starting the first on-line program in your school or you were going to offer it at a new campus).  Your own school's administration or system administration probably would have something to say about any new program, in addition to whatever peer review your curriculum procedures go through, so that would be the first line of contact.  (I'm speaking from my own experience with our school and as a Consultant-Evaluator with NCA/HLC.)  The required credentials, especially in an interdisciplinary program, ought to be defined by the faculty proposing the program.  If your program would affect accreditation in one of the departments involved by an academic disciplinary accrediting agency (for example--and I don't know if this is a valid example--the Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication), then that could be another consideration.  Such programmatic accreditation, though, is an entirely separate issue.  The best approach might be to work with the relevant department chairs to draft as complete a program as possible, including sample curricula and schedules, descriptions of student learning outcomes, the involvement of faculty from various departments, how the program could affect (for better or worse) enrollments and credit production in the participating departments, monetary and personnel resources that would be needed, etc.  If all that could be brought forward before any higher-level administrators are actively involved, it would probably stand a better chance.
 
For a listing of academic degree programs around the country, try Volume 3: "Degrees Offered by College and Subject" of THE COLLEGE BLUE BOOK, published by Macmillan Reference, a division of the Gale Group:
http://www.gale.com/pdf/facts/colblue29.pdf
 
Don Larson
 
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Donald F. Larsson
Department of English, AH 230
Minnesota State University
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I've wondered about this issue as well.  I teach a few film classes (one undergraduate "film as literature" and a few graduate in film as literature and rhetoric), and people in history and art and dance, for example, offer film classes from time to time. 

I'd like to look into starting an interdisciplinary film studies minor, but one concern I have is accrediting agencies (ours is SACS) which require 18 hours of graduate course work in the discipline.  Has anyone had any experience in, not getting around that per se, but in convincing accrediting agencies that people in art, history, literature, etc. can teach film?

Or maybe we can't?
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  From: kenneth harrow
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  my department at michigan state university has a film studies major
  in the english dept itself.
  it is not simply a question of film courses, but an actual major
  within the dept. i wonder how many others have this arrangement; and
  i suppose that if professor gershovich wanted to contact the
  co-chairs of the film program, he could do so. i imagine it is a
  rarity to have this arrangement instead of a separate dept or a dept
  in a com arts program
  ken harrow

  At 03:26 PM 7/24/2006, you wrote:
  >I'm not sure if there any many recent and comprehensive studies of
  >these kinds, but a starting place might be guide to teaching film
  >published by the Modern Language Association and edited by Gerald
  >Mast.  It provides a brief essays on different aspects of teaching
  >film within the English curriculum.  It's now out of print, but I
  >recall seeing a notice that a new version of a similar book for MLA
  >is in the works.
  >
  >Don Larsson
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  >luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the
  >beginning of consciousness to the end."  --Virginia Woolf
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  >
  >Donald F. Larsson
  >Department of English, AH 230
  >Minnesota State University
  >Mankato, MN  56001
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  >Office Phone: 507-389-2368
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  >From: Film and TV Studies Discussion List on behalf of Mikhail Gershovich
  >Sent: Mon 7/24/2006 9:25 AM
  >To: [log in to unmask]
  >Subject: [SCREEN-L] Film study in the discipline of English
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  >Can anyone direct me scholarly materials on the development of film study
  >within English departments?
  >
  >I'm  especially interested in 1) histories of film study as situated within
  >English departments and 2) perspectives on the role of film studies within
  >the broader function of the college English department (as the locus of
  >literary study, composition instruction, etc.)
  >
  >Mikhail Gershovich
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