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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

Film Studies Courses - Offered Spring 2014

Spring 2014 Film Study Courses


 Fiction and Film in 20th Century Societies

LTWL 184

 Film and Studies and Literature: Close Analysis of Filmic Text

SOCI 187

 African Societies through Film 


 Theatre and Film

TDGE 11 

 Great Performances on Film

TDPW 104 


VIS 152

Film in Social Context 

Film Studies Freshmen Seminars

FILM 87 - What Film can Teach us About Life - FULL
Instructor: Babak Rahimi
Thursday 2:00-2:50pm
Dates: April 3 - June 5
Section ID 809328

FILM 87- Fantasy,SciFi, & Horror-60 Years - FULL
Instructor: Allan Havis
Tuesday 3:30-4:20pm
Dates April 8 - May 27
Section ID 809326

FILM 87 - Cult Films of 1950s-2000s
Instructor: Allan Havis
Tuesday 4:30-5:20pm
Dates April 8 - May 27
Section ID 809327

FILM 87 - Movies and their Opening Sequence
Instructor: Pasquale Verdicchio
Fridays 12-12:50pm
Dates April 4 -May 23
Section ID 809851

Approved Film Study Courses

Approved Film Study Courses

  • COMM 140. Cinema in Latin America (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
  • 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 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 172. Films and Society (4)
  • SOCI 187. African Societies through Film (4)
  • TDGE 10. Theatre and Film (4)
  • TDGE 11. Great Performances on Film (4)
  • TDGE 122. Films of Woody Allen (4)
  • TDGE 123. Mary Poppins Meets Bladerunner (4)
  • TDGE 124. Cult Films: Weirdly Dramatic (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)

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


Denise D. Odom, M.F.A.
Senior Academic Counselor
Program Coordinator

Sarah Turner
College Operations Specialist
Program Administrator

Jennifer Jin
College Minors Coordinator

Current Events

jack-nicholsonFilm Screening - ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST 

There will be a FREE screening of the Academy Award winning film ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST starring the legendary Jack Nicholson on Thursday April 24th. If you want a break from your usual dull and melancholy Thursday nights, then come byPrice Center Theater. The screening is free and open to all. In addition, all that attend will be eligible for FREE SCREENING PASSES for some of the latest films coming to theaters. Awesome, right? This is also a great opportunity to learn more about taking an active role in Triton Film Society, future screenings and events, and the Film Studies Minor at UCSD. Doors open at 7:30pm.

Date: Thursday April 24th
Location: Price Center Theater
Time: 8pm
Free event

Primary contact: tmcminors@ucsd.edu 

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