Public Engagement

Screenwriting Minor

  • 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. 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.

    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 Area Sample Courses Requirements
    Core Courses NSRW2800 Script Analysis
    NSRW3810 Screenwriting 1
    NSRW3820 Screenwriting 2
    NSRW3830 Screenwriting 3
    12 credits
    Elective Courses NFLM3565 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
    6 credits

    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 Lana Lin, Director of Undergraduate Programs at Media Studies, at or 212.229.8903.