Film Studies

Film Studies Minor

Admission to the Minor.

The department offers a six-course minor that provides an opportunity for you to participate in our basic introductory courses and a selection from a large group of cross-listed courses, as well as a group of courses 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 forums do not count toward the minor.

Before becoming eligible for the minor, you must complete FILM307, which would then count toward fulfillment of the minor and activate a minor course registration chart with the department (see department administrative assistant). Transfer courses cannot be used as a prerequisite, nor can they count toward 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.

Minor Requirements.

FILM307 should be taken during the first or sophomore year. Students must meet with minor administrator to declare the minor. After that, they may choose as convenient 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 tracks the completion of the minor through the six courses.


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.)

  • FILM150 Documentary Advocacy
  • FILM301 The History of Spanish Cinema
  • FILM302 Italian Cinema, Italian Society
  • FILM304 History of World Cinema to the 1960s
  • FILM310 Introduction to Film Analysis
  • FILM313 Early Cinema and the Silent Feature
  • FILM315 Myth and Ideology in Cinema: Hollywood Sex, Race, Class, Culture
  • FILM319 Television Storytelling: The Conditions of Narrative Complexity
  • FILM320 The New German Cinema
  • FILM324 Visual Storytelling: Cinema According to Hollywood’s Masters
  • FILM349 Television: The Domestic Medium
  • FILM351 Classical Film Theory
  • FILM352 From Caligari to Hitler: Weimar Cinema in Context
  • FILM360 Philosophy and the Movies: The Past on Film
  • FILM365 Kino: Russia at the Movies
  • FILM385 The Documentary Film
  • FILM441 Video Art
  • FILM451 Digital Filmmaking
  • FILM452 Writing About Film
  • FILM454 Screenwriting
  • FILM455 Writing for Television
  • FILM458 Visual Storytelling: Screenwriting
  • FILM459 Writing for Television II
  • CEAS202 Japanese Horror, Fiction and Film
  • CEAS208 City in Chinese Literature and Film
  • CEAS226 Memory and Identity in Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Films
  • CEAS232 Introduction to Chinese Film
  • CEAS257 Nation, Class and the Body in 20th Century Chinese Lit and Film
  • ENGL254 Shakespeare on Film
  • GOVT387 Foreign Policy at the Movies
  • HEST215/MUSC297 Yiddish Cultural Expression: Music, Theater, Literature, Film
  • HEST236 Revival of the Israeli Cinema
  • MUSC251 The Study of Film Music
  • RUSS234 Woody Allen and the Russian Novel
  • SPAN252 Cinema, Politics, and Society in Contemporary Spain
  • SPAN280 Screening Youth in Contemporary Latin American Cinema