Film Studies

Film Studies Minor

General Description

The Department of Film Studies offers a 10-course major that weds history, theory and practice. Our new six-course minor provides an opportunity for you to participate in our basic introductory courses and a selection from a large group of cross-listed courses that already exist, as well as a group of courses that are currently being taught at Wesleyan that we have not yet cross-listed. You can link your film minor to your primary major or pursue an entirely new area. For instance, you might focus on various cluster groups if so desired: television; cultural and media studies; international or global cinema; German Cinema; Asian Cinema; or writing for film and/or television and the media.

In accordance with the University guidelines, students minoring in Film Studies must complete six courses for a grade (no pass/fail), and achieve a B average. Tutorials, education in the field, and student fora do not count toward the minor.


Before becoming eligible for the minor you must complete Film 307, which would then count toward fulfillment of the minor. You must then see Logan Ludwig to activate a Minor Course Registration Chart. Transfer courses cannot be used as a prerequisite; nor can they count towards fulfillment. After acceptance into the minor you may submit courses taken overseas or at other universities to be considered on a case-by-case basis for credit.

Course Sequence

Film 307 should be taken in your freshman or sophomore year. After that, you may choose as convenient, just needing to complete the five additional courses before graduation.

Naturally, all course selections are subject to prerequisites from other departments, as well as enrollment restrictions, but with such a wide list of choices (and the list will grow each year), there should be no problem in finding five classes.  A Minor Course Record Chart will track the completion of the minor through the six courses. Our departmental administrative assistant Logan Ludwig will compile your charts for faculty review.


The list of courses currently recognized as part of the Film Studies Minor is as follows. (Please note that not all courses will be available every semester.)

  • FILM 150:Documentary Advocacy
  • FILM 301:The History of Spanish Cinema
  • FILM 302:Italian Cinema, Italian Society
  • FILM 304:History of World Cinema to the 1960s
  • FILM 310:Introduction to Film Analysis
  • FILM 313: Early Cinema and the Silent Feature
  • FILM 319:Television Storytelling: The Conditions of Narrative Complexity
  • FILM 320:The New German Cinema
  • FILM 324:Visual Storytelling: Cinema According to Hollywood’s Masters (Summer)
  • FILM 349:Television:The Domestic Medium
  • FILM 351:Classical Film Theory
  • FILM 352:From Caligari to Hitler:Weimar Cinema in Context
  • FILM 360:Philosophy and the Movies
  • FILM 365:Kino:Russia at the Movies
  • FILM 451:Digital Filmmaking*
  • FILM 452:Writing About Film for Modern Media
  • FILM 455:Writing for Television
  • FILM 458:Visual Storytelling:Screenwriting
  • FILM 459:Writing for Television II
  • ALIT 226:Memory and Identity in Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Films
  • ALIT 257:Nation, Class and the Body in 20th Century Chinese Lit and Film
  • ALIT202:Japanese Horror, Fiction and Film
  • ALIT208, EAST208:City in Chinese Literature and Film
  • ENGL 254:Shakespeare and Film
  • FRST 280:French Cinema, French Society
  • GOVT 387:Movies and Foreign Policy
  • HEST 215, MUSC 297:Yiddish Cultural Expression In Lit and Film
  • HEST 236:Revival of the Israeli Cinema
  • MUSC 113:The Study of Film Music
  • RUSS 234:Woody Allen and the Russian Novel
  • SPAN 252:Cinema, Society and Politics in Contemporary Spain
  • SPAN 280:Screening Youth in Contemporary Latin American Cinema
*This class is presently not available due to sabbaticals