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Effective July 1, 2021: Please visit the Institute of Arts and Humanities (IAH) website for information on the Film Studies Minor at UC San Diego.

July 2021: FSM Transition Announcement

Dear Film Studies Community,

Thurgood Marshall College and the Institute of Arts and Humanities (IAH) are pleased to announce the transition of the Film Studies Minor from the college to IAH, effective July 2021.

The Film Studies Minor, which began at John Muir College in the early 2000s (by the late Muir Provost Pat Ledden), has been lodged at Marshall College for eight years and has been led by Faculty Director and former College Provost, Allan Havis. Under the new direction of Nancy Kwak, the college and institute look forward to working collaboratively as the Institute of Arts and Humanities acquires full oversight of the minor. IAH will have the resources and focus to further the aims and growth of Film Studies within UC San Diego.

IAH emphasizes the value of interdisciplinary thinking in addressing the needs of a complex world. IAH houses – now with the addition of Film Studies – 16 academic programs in regional, ethnic, and thematic studies. IAH programs equip students to analyze and speak about the past, present, and future with creativity and insight.  

An abundance of appreciation and thanks go to Dean of Academic Advising Clare Harrington, Senior Academic Advisor Michael Gangitano, Operations/Program Analyst Autumn Monteforte and Marshall College for supporting Film Studies with great care, affection and diligence.


Leslie Carver, Provost, Thurgood Marshall College

Allan Havis, Director, Film Studies Minor

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) 

Course Offerings - Fall 2021

The Fall 2021 courses approved for the Film Studies Minor are:

Department of Communication

COMM 106F: CI: Film Industry (Instructor: Erin Truesdell Hill)
COMM 137: Black Women Filmmakers (Instructor: Zeinabu I. Davis)

Department of History

HILD 14: Film & History in Latin America (Instructor: Dana V. Murillo)

Department of Literature

LTEA 120B: Taiwan Films: Coming of Age (Instructor: Ping H. Liao)
LTWL 180: Film Studies & Literature: Film History - Bent is Beautiful: Queer Cinema (Instructor: Hoang Tan Nguyen)

Department of Sociology

SOCI 105: Ethnographic Film: Media Methods (Instructor: Bennetta W. Jules-Rosette)
SOC 172: Films and Society (Instructor: Akos Rona-Tas)

Department of Theatre and Dance

TDGE 10: Theatre and Film (Instructor: Kim Rubinstein)
TDGE 11: Great Performances on Film (Instructor: Robert Jess Castro)

Department of Visual Arts

VIS 156: Latino American Cinema (Instructor: Mariana Razo Wardwell)

Approved Film Studies Courses

The following courses have been approved for the Film Studies Minor:


ANSC 156. Mad Films (4)

ANSC 166. Film and Culture in Asia (4)


COMM 103D. Documentary History and Theory (4)

COMM 103F. How to Read a Film (4)

COMM 106F. Film Industry (4)

COMM 135. Contemporary Minority Media Makers (4)

COMM 137. Black Women Filmmakers (4)

COMM 140. Cinema in Latin America (4)

COMM 141. African Cinema (4)

COMM 142. Cuban Cinema (4)

Ethnic Studies

ETHN 101. Ethnic Images in Film (4)

ETHN 163F/TDGE 131. Native American and First Nations Cinema (4)         


HIEA 133. Twentieth Century China: Cultural History (4)

HIEA 153. Social & Cultural History of 20th Century Korea (4)

HILD 14. Latin American History and Film (4)

HIUS 122. History and Hollywood: America and the Movies since the Great Depression (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)

LTEA 138. Japanese Films: Introduction (4)

LTEA 142. South Korean Film (4)

LTWL 4A-C-D-F-M. Fiction and Film in Twentieth-Century Societies (each course, 4 units)

LTWL 128. Introduction to Semiotics and Applications (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)


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)

Theatre and Dance

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)

TDGE 127. Films of Spike Lee (4)

TDGE 131/ETHN 163F. Native American and First Nations Cinema (4)

TDPW 104. Screenwriting (4)

Visual Arts

VIS 84. History of Film (4)

VIS 150A. Seminar in Film History (4)

VIS 151. History of the Experimental Film (4)

VIS 151A. Seminar in Media History (4)

VIS 152. Film in Social Context (4)

VIS 152D. Identity through Transnational Cinemas (4)

VIS 154. Hard Look at the Movies (4)

VIS 155.The Director Series (4)

VIS 156. Latino American Cinema (4)

VIS 194S. Fantasy in Film (4)

First Year Seminars - Fall 2021

FILM 87 A00 - Film and Life (1 unit) 
Instructor: Rahimi, Babak
Days & Time: Wednesdays from 11:00am - 11:50am
Location: MCC 221
Section ID: 57910

FILM 87 B00 - Banned Films (1 unit)
Instructor: Rahimi Babak
Days & Time: Wednesdays from 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Location: MCC 221
Section ID: 57912

FILM 87 C00 - America on Film in the 1960s (1 unit)
Instructor: Steven Adler
Days & Time: Wednesdays from 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Location: RCLASS - Fully Remote
Section ID: 61076

Attention Students: If you have accrued 45 or more units, use the following steps to request registration in a First Year Seminar. All others may simply register. To request enrollment in one of the 50-minute Seminars for Freshmen and first-year students, please use the Enrollment Authorization System (EASy) for students.  It can take several business days for the college to process your request. Due to the limited class size of 20 for Seminars, approval is not always guaranteed. Therefore, please plan accordingly to make sure you are submitting your request well in advance of any specific deadlines.

Faculty and Staff


Allan Havis, M.F.A.
Film Studies Faculty Director & Professor, Theatre and Dance

Julie Burelle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance 

Alain Cohen, Ph.D.
Professor, Literature

Zeinabu Davis, Ph.D
Professor, Communication

Todd A. Henry, Ph.D
Associate Professor, History

Dayna Kalleres, Ph.D.
Asst Professor, Literature

Todd Kontje, Ph.D.
Professor, Literature

Daisuke Miayo, Ph.D.
Professor, Literature

Paul Pickowicz, Ph.D.
Professor, History

Babak Rahimi, Ph.D.
Professor, Literature

Pasquale Verdicchio, Ph.D
Professor, Literature

Alena Williams, Ph.D
Professor, Visual Arts

Yingjin Zhang, Ph.D.
Professor, Literature


Jennifer Dieli
Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor*

*Current UC San Diego undergraduate students, please use the Ask a Question feature in the left side bar to send a message through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) for all advising questions pertaining to the Film Studies Minor.