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 with a grade of B or better, 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 the minor administrator, Logan Ludwig, 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 grows each year), there should be no problem in finding five classes.


The list of courses currently recognized as part of the film studies minor includes. (Please note that not all courses will be available every semester.)

FILM288 Global Film Auteurs 1
FILM301 The History of Spanish Cinema 1
FILM304 History of Global Cinema 1
FILM311 Israel in Therapy: Society Under the Influence of TV Series 1
FILM315 Myth and Ideology in Cinema: Hollywood Sex, Race, Class, and Culture 1
FILM319 Television Storytelling: The Conditions of Narrative Complexity 1
FILM320 The New German Cinema 1
FILM324 Visual Storytelling: The History and Art of Hollywood's Master Storytellers 1
FILM331 Video Games as/and the Moving Image: Art, Aesthetics, and Design 1
FILM349 Television: The Domestic Medium 1
FILM352 From Caligari to Hitler: Weimar Cinema in Context 1
FILM355 Newest German (and Austrian) Cinema 1
FILM360 Philosophy and the Movies: The Past on Film 1
FILM362 Calderwood Seminar in Public Writing: The Dark Turn in Television Storytelling 1
FILM385 The Documentary Film 1
FILM388 Advanced Global Film Auteurs 1
FILM418 Documentary Filmmaking for Majors and Minors 1
FILM451 Introduction to Digital Filmmaking 1
FILM454 Screenwriting 1
FILM455 Writing for Television 1
FILM458 Screenwriting: The Short Film 1
FILM459 Writing for Television II 1
AFAM274 Reel Black: African American Life in Film 1
CEAS232 Introduction to Chinese Film 1
CJST248 Designing Reality in Israeli Documentary Film 1
GOVT387 Foreign Policy at the Movies 1
SPAN280 Screening Youth in Contemporary Latin American Cinema 1