The Film Studies Minor offered through Thurgood Marshall College provide students an exciting opportunity to examine the many facets of American 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 allow 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, Literature, Sociology 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.

Minor Requirements

  • The minor requires completion of seven courses (28.0 units), at least five of which must be upper division.
  • The seven courses chosen must be selected from at least two different departments.
  • Overlap between GE and minor requirements is permissible where allowed (please see your college academic advisor to review overlap options).
  • Transfer coursework is allowed but must be petitioned and approved for application to the minor. Click here to access the undergraduate Student Petition form.
  • Printable Version of Minor Requirements (PDF)
  • How to declare the Film Studies Minor (PDF) 

FSM Courses - Winter 2016

COMM 106F The Film Industry (Carl McKinney)

LTAF 120 Lit & Film of Modern Africa (Robert Cancel)

LTEA 120B Taiwan Films (Ping Liao)

LTWL 184 Film Studies Lit Analysis: Relationships in Cinema (Alain Cohen)

SOCI 187E The Sixties (Harvey Goldman)

TDGE 11 Women in Comedy (Rana Salimi)

Approved Film Study Courses

Approved Film Study Courses

  • ANSC 156 Mad Films (4)
  • ANSC 166 Film and Culture in Asia (4)
  • COMM 140. Cinema in Latin America (4)
  • COMM 103D. CM: Documentary History and Theory (4)
  • COMM 103F. How to Read a Film (4)
  • COMM 106F. Film Industry (4)
  • ETHN 101. Ethnic Images in Film (4)
  • HIEA 133.Twentieth Century China: Cultural History (4)
  • HIUS 122. History and Hollywood: America and the Movies since the Great Depression
  • HILD 14 Latin American History and Film (4)
  • LTWL 4A-C-D-F-M. Fiction and Film in Twentieth-Century Societies (4-4-4-4-4)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • PHIL 175. Aesthetics (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 123. Mary Poppins Meets Bladerunner (4)
  • TDGE 124. Cult Films: Weirdly Dramatic (4)
  • TDGE 125. Topic in Theatre and Film (4)
  • TDHT 116. Old Myths in New Films (4)
  • TDPW 104. Screenwriting (4)
  • VIS 84. History of Film (4)
  • VIS 151. History of the Experimental Film (4)
  • VIS 152. Film in Social Context (4)
  • VIS 153.The Genre Series (4)
  • VIS 154. Hard Look at the Movies (4)
  • VIS 155.The Director Series (4)
  • VIS 156N. Special Problems in Film History and Theory (4)
  • VIS 194S. Fantasy in Film (4)

Freshmen Seminars - Winter 2016

FILM 87 A00 - What Film Can Teach us About Life
Babak Rahimi
Wednesdays 1-2pm
MCC 221
Section ID - 857990

FILM 87 B00 - Banned Films
Babak Rahimi
Wednesdays 2-3pm
Locations - MCC 221
Section ID - 857989

FILM 87 C00 - Cult Films of the 1950s-2000s
Allan Havis
Tue 3:30-4:30pm
MCC 221
Section ID - 857991

FILM 87 D00 - Fantasy, SciFi, and HOrror - 60 years
Allan Havis
MCC 221
Section ID - 857988

Faculty and Staff


Allan Havis, M.F.A.
Faculty Director & Professor, Theatre

Alain Cohen, Ph.D.
Professor, Literature

Zeinabu Davis, Ph.D
Professor, Communication

Paul Pickowicz, Ph.D.
Professor, History

Yingjin Zhang, Ph.D.
Professor, Literature

Babak Rahimi, Ph.D.
Professor, Literature

Dayna Kalleres, Ph.D.
Asst Professor, Literature

Daisuke Miayo, Ph. D.
Professor, Literature


Sarah Turner
College Operations Specialist
Program Coordinator 

Denise D. Odom, M.F.A.
Senior Academic Counselor
Film Studies Minor Academic Coordinator

Audrey Sechrest 
Program Coordinator

Past Events

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution


Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015

Location: UCSD Price Center Movie Theatre

5:00pm - film screening
8:00pm - film screening

Student panel and Q&A following each screening


Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP


Location: Hojel Auditorium, UC San Diego

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

FREE EVENT with reception

Keynote speaker and Q&A with Director Mick Caouette

Watch the film trailer here

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Halloween edition fall 2015

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Date: Thu, Feb 04, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: UCSD The Loft

Food 7 pm; Movie 8 pm

FREE Movie - If you would like the dinner it will be an additional $29

A classically trained musical genius, chart-topping chanteuse, and Black Power icon, Nina Simone is one of the most influential, beloved, provocative, and least understood artists of our time. On stage, she was known for utterly free, rapturous performances, earning her the epithet “High Priestess of Soul.” But amid the violent, day-to-day fight for civil rights, she struggled to reconcile artistic ambition with her fierce devotion to a movement. Director Liz Garbus sensitively explores the constant state of opposition that trapped and tortured Simone—as a classical pianist pigeonholed in jazz, as a professional boxed in by family life, as a black woman in racist America—and in so doing, reveals a towering figure transcending categorization and her times. What Happened, Miss Simone? premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim. [Liz Garbus, 2014, USA, 102 min]


BBQ Shrimp Skewers with a Cheddar Biscuit, Jambalaya with Shrimp and Andouille Sausage, Beignets and Chocolate Sauce. Vegetarian options available upon request. Drinks sold separately.


African American Studies Minor, Black Resource Center, Thurgood Marshall College and Film Studies Minor


The 2015–2016 Foovies series explores cultural and gender identity in the context of three “national awareness” months, thoughtfully paired with deliciously prepared menus by Zanzibar at The Loft. The series is integrated into UC San Diego’s Visual Arts curriculum and offers students free tickets to each event!

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