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.)

FILM288Global Film Auteurs1
FILM301The History of Spanish Cinema1
FILM304History of Global Cinema1
FILM311Israel in Therapy: Society Under the Influence of TV Series1
FILM315Myth and Ideology in Cinema: Hollywood Sex, Race, Class, and Culture1
FILM319Television Storytelling: The Conditions of Narrative Complexity1
FILM320The New German Cinema1
FILM324Visual Storytelling: The History and Art of Hollywood's Master Storytellers1
FILM331Video Games as/and the Moving Image: Art, Aesthetics, and Design1
FILM349Television: The Domestic Medium1
FILM352From Caligari to Hitler: Weimar Cinema in Context1
FILM355Newest German (and Austrian) Cinema1
FILM360Philosophy and the Movies: The Past on Film1
FILM362Calderwood Seminar in Public Writing: The Dark Turn in Television Storytelling1
FILM385The Documentary Film1
FILM388Advanced Global Film Auteurs1
FILM418Documentary Filmmaking for Majors and Minors1
FILM451Introduction to Digital Filmmaking1
FILM455Writing for Television1
FILM458Screenwriting: The Short Film1
FILM459Writing for Television II1
AFAM274Reel Black: African American Life in Film1
CEAS232Introduction to Chinese Film1
CJST248Designing Reality in Israeli Documentary Film1
GOVT387Foreign Policy at the Movies1
SPAN280Screening Youth in Contemporary Latin American Cinema1