Colorado College has approved a new major in film and new media studies and a new thematic minor in global health.

The film and new media studies major is a response to student interest, expertise and demand, the college said in a release Thursday May 31. It's a result of the Cornerstone Arts Initiative, which stresses interdisciplinary teaching of the arts, using technology to facilitate collaboration between departments.

The global health thematic minor was sparked by students' growing interest in health inequality, according to the proposal submitted by professors. The thematic minor encompasses interests of students from a wide range of departments, including biology, political science, economics, sociology and anthropology.