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) 

Film Studies Courses - Spring 2015

HIEA 133: 20th Cent China- Cultural History (4)

LTEA 120B: Taiwan Films (4)

LTWL 184: Film Studies and Literary Analysis (4)

SOCI 187: African Societies Through Film (4)

TDGE 11: Great Performances on Film- Comedy (4)

TDPW 104: Screenwriting (4)

VIS 151: History/ Experimental Film (4)

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)

Freshmen Seminars - Winter 2015

FILM 87 A00 - What Film Can Teach us About Life
Babak Rahimi
Mondays 11-11:50am
MCC 221
Section ID - 823948

FILM 87 B00- Cult Films of 1950s-2000s
Allan Havis
Tuesdays 4:30-5:20pm
Dates - Oct 7-Dec 2
Location - MCC 221
Section ID - 823949

FILM 87 C00 - Fantasy,SciFi,&Horror-60 Years
Allan Havis
Tuesdays 3:30-4:20pm
Location - MCC 221
Section ID - 823950

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 Administrator

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

Jennifer Jin
College Minors Coordinator

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