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 broad 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. Beginning in Fall 2016, you can use two upper-division courses (a maximum of eight units) to fulfill the requirements for a minor that have also been used to satisfy the requirements of a major. (please see your college academic advisor to review additional 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) 

Winter 2017 - Courses Offered

  • COMM 103F How to Read a Film – Luci Marzola
  • COMM 106F CI The Film Industry – Carl Lee McKinney
  • LTAF 120 Lit & Film of Modern Africa – Cancel, Robert
  • LTAF 120C Hong Kong Films – Larissa Heinrich
  • SOCI 184 Gender and Film – Staff
  • SOCI 187E The Sixties – Harvey Goldman
  • TDGE 10 Theatre and Film – Allan Havis
  • TDGE 11 Great Performances on Film – Staff
  • VIS 154 Hard Look at the Movies – Jean-Pierre Gorrin 

Approved Film Study Courses

Approved Film Study Courses

  • ANSC 156. Mad Films (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 140. Cinema in Latin America (4)
  • ETHN 101. Ethnic Images in Film (4)
  • HIEA 133.Twentieth Century China: Cultural History (4)
  • HILD 14. Latin American History and Film (4)
  • HIUS 122. History and Hollywood: America and the Movies since the Great Depression
  • 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 4A-C-D-F-M. Fiction and Film in Twentieth-Century Societies (each course, 4 units)
  • 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 124. Cult Films: Weirdly Dramatic (4)
  • TDGE 125. Topic in Theatre and Film (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 194S. Fantasy in Film (4)

Freshmen Seminars - Winter 2017

FILM 87 D00 – Film and Life (1 unit)
Babak Rahimi
Wednesdays 2:00-2:50pm
Location - MCC 221
Section ID - 894039

FILM 87 C00 - Banned Films (1 unit)
Babak Rahimi
Wednesdays 3:00-3:50pm
Location - MCC 221
Section ID - 894040

FILM 87 A00 - Cult Films of the 1950s-2000s (1 unit)
Allan Havis
Thursdays 3:30-4:20pm
Location - MCC 221
Section ID - 894041

FILM 87 E00 - Fantasy, SciFi, and Horror - 60 years (1 unit)
Allan Havis
Thursdays 4:30-5:20pm
Location - MCC 221
Section ID - 894042

Faculty and Staff


Alain Cohen, Ph.D.
Professor, Literature

Zeinabu Davis, Ph.D
Professor, Communication

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

Dayna Kalleres, Ph.D.
Asst Professor, Literature

Daisuke Miayo, Ph. D.
Professor, Literature

Paul Pickowicz, Ph.D.
Professor, History

Babak Rahimi, Ph.D.
Professor, Literature

Yingjin Zhang, Ph.D.
Professor, Literature


Tylar Pendgraft
College Operations Specialist
Program Coordinator 

Michael Gangitano
Senior Academic Counselor
Film Studies Minor Academic Coordinator

Adan Chavez
Program Coordinator

Past Events

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What Happened, Miss Simone: Movie Screening

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

Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP


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