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.
- 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)
- COMM 103f How to Read a Film - Staff
- ETHN 101 Ethnic Images in Film – Roshanak Kheshti
- HILD 14 Film And History in Latin America – Michael Monteon
- LTWL 181 New German Cinema - Todd Curtis Kontje
- LTWL 183 Inarritu: Postmodern Filmmaker – Alain Cohen
- SOCI 105 Ethnographic Film: Media Methods – Bennetta Jules Rosette
- SOCI 172 Films and Society - Akos Rona-Tas
- SOCI 187 African Societies Through Film - Staff
- TDGE 124 Cult Films: Weirdly Dramatic – Staff
- TDPW 104 Screenwriting – David Willaim Myers
- VIS 152D Identity Through Transnational Cinema – Lisa Cartwright
- VIS 154 Hard Look at the Movies – Jean-Pierre Gorin
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 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)
FILM 87 A00 – Film & Life
Section ID - 870511
FILM 87 B00 - Banned Films
Locations - MCC 221
Section ID - 870512
FILM 87 C00 - Cult Films of the 1950s-2000s
Section ID - 870513
FILM 87 D00 - Fantasy, SciFi, and Horror - 60 years
Section ID - 870514
Allan Havis, M.F.A.
Faculty Director & Professor, Theatre
Alain Cohen, Ph.D.
Zeinabu Davis, Ph.D
Paul Pickowicz, Ph.D.
Yingjin Zhang, Ph.D.
Babak Rahimi, Ph.D.
Dayna Kalleres, Ph.D.
Asst Professor, Literature
Daisuke Miayo, Ph. D.
College Operations Specialist
Senior Academic Counselor
Film Studies Minor Academic Coordinator
The Look of Silence: Film Screening and Conversation with Director
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