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The Film Studies Minor, offered through Thurgood Marshall College, provides 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.

Note: 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.


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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 - Spring 2021

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


COMM 103F: How to Read a Film (Instructor: Erin Truesdell Hill, RCLAS)
COMM 106F: CI: Film Industry (Instructor: Erin Truesdell Hill, RCLAS)


LTEA 120C: Hong Kong Films (Instructor: Yingjin Zhang, RCLAS)
LTWL 128: Introduction to Semiotics & Applications (Instructor: Alain J.J.Cohen, RCLAS)
LTWL 180: Film Studies and Literature: Film History (Instructor: Pasquale Verdicchio, RCLAS)
LTWL 184: Film Studies and Literature: Close Analysis of Filmic Text (Instructor: Hoang Tan Nguyen, RCLAS)


SOCI 187: African Societies through Film (Instructor: Teresa Jean Zimmerman-Liu, RCLAS)

Theatre and Dance

TDGE 10: Theatre and Film (Instructor: TBA, RCLAS)
TDGE 11: Great Performances on Film (Instructor: Gabor Tompa, RCLAS)
TDGE 124: Cult Films: Weirdly Dramatic (Instructor: Julia Fulton, RCLAS)

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 - Spring 2021

FILM 87 A00 - Film and Life (1 unit)
Instructor: Babak Rahimi
Day/Time: Wednesdays from 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Location: RCLAS
Section ID: 045127             

FILM 87 B00 - Banned Films (1 unit)
Instructor: Babak Rahimi
Day/Time: Wednesdays from 11:00 am - 11:50 am
Location: RCLAS
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FILM 87 C00 - Cult Films of 1950s-2000s (1 unit)
Instructor: Allan Havis
Day/Time: Thursdays from 11:00 am - 11:50 am
Location: RCLAS
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FILM 87 D00 - Fantasy, SciFi & Horror - 60 Years (1 unit)
Instructor: Allan Havis
Day/Time: Thursdays from 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm
Location: RCLAS
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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


Autumn Monteforte
Operations and Program Analyst

Michael Gangitano, M.L.A.
Senior Academic Counselor
Film Studies Minor Academic Coordinator


Past Events

The Look of Silence: Film Screening and Conversation with Director

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Brought to you by Film Studies Minor, Visual Arts Department,Qualcomm Institute/Calit2, Division for Arts and Humanities and Thurgood Marshall College.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution


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


Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Halloween edition fall 2015