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Film Studies

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Institute of Arts and Humanities
Ridge Walk Academic Complex, Arts and Humanities Building, Sixth Floor

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The Minor

The Film Studies Minor provides students an exciting opportunity to examine the many facets of U.S. and international cinema. Students interested in exploring cinema as a multidimensional art medium will engage in the analysis of cinematic works of various forms. Study of film genres, history, theories, directors, cultural perspectives, and more allows students to gain a robust understanding of cinema as a historical and contemporary means of expression. The interdisciplinary nature of the minor provides investigation of cinematic art through its connection to related fields such as communication, history, literature, sociology, theatre, and visual arts. Students pursuing the Film Studies Minor exhibit a wide range of interests, from those who plan graduate study in film to those who simply wish to understand better this powerful and influential medium.

The Film Studies Minor is a scholarly enterprise rather than a hands-on, art-making endeavor. It does not offer classes in filmmaking, video production, or working with film equipment.


The minor requires completion of seven courses (twenty-eight units), at least five of which must be upper division. The seven courses chosen must be selected from at least two different departments.

ANSC 156. Mad Films: Cultural Studies of Mental Illness in Cinema (4)

ANSC 166. Film and Culture in Asia (4)

COMM 103D. CM: Documentary History and Theory (4)

COMM 103F. How to Read a Film (4)

COMM 106F. Film Industry (4)

COMM 106T. CI: Television Culture and the Public (4)

COMM 135. Contemporary Minority Media Makers (4)

COMM 137. Black Women Filmmakers (4)

COMM 140. Cinema in Latin America (4)

ETHN 101. Ethnic Images in Film (4)

ETHN 163F/TDGE 131. Native American and First Nations Cinema (4)

HIEA 133. Twentieth Century China: Cultural History (4)

HIEA 153. Social and Cultural History of Twentieth-Century Korea (4)

HIEA 154. Korean History Through Film (4)

HILD 14. Latin American History and Film (4)

HIUS 122. History and Hollywood: America and the Movies since the Great Depression (4)

LTAF 120. Literature and Film of Modern Africa (4)

LTEA 120A. Chinese Films (4)

LTEA 120B. Taiwan Films (4)

LTEA 120C. Hong Kong Films (4)

LTEA 138. Japanese Films (4)

LTEA 142. Korean Film: Literature, and Popular Culture (4)

LTWL 128. Introduction to Semiotics (4)

LTWL 157. Iranian Film (4)

LTWL 180. Film Studies and Literature: Film History (4)

LTWL 181. Film Studies and Literature: Film Movement (4)

LTWL 183. Film Studies and Literature: Director’s Work (4)

LTWL 184. Film Studies and Literature: Close Analysis of Filmic Text (4)

SOCI 105. Ethnographic Film: Media Methods (4)

SOCI 150. Madness and the Movies (4)

SOCI 172. Films and Society (4)

SOCI 184. Gender and Film (4)

SOCI 187. African Societies through Film (4)

TDGE 10. Theatre and Film (4)

TDGE 11. Great Performances on Film (4)

TDGE 12. Topics in Cinema and Race (4)

TDGE 122. Films of Woody Allen (4)

TDGE 124. Cult Films: Weirdly Dramatic (4)

TDGE 125. Topics in Theatre and Film (4)

TDGE 131/ETHN 163F. Native American and First Nations Cinema (4)

TDPW 104. Screenwriting (4)

VIS 84. History of Film (4)

VIS 150A. Seminar in Film History (4)

VIS 151. History of the Experimental Film (4)

VIS 151A. Seminar in Media History (4)

VIS 152. Film in Social Context (4)

VIS 152D. Identity through Transnational Cinemas (4)

VIS 154. Hard Look at the Movies (4)

VIS 155. The Director Series (4)

VIS 156. Latino American Cinema (4)

VIS 194S. Fantasy in Film (4)