Cinema and Media Studies requirements

The interdisciplinary minor in cinema and media studies introduces students to a variety of approaches to analyzing film and related media through the study of directors, genres, film style, film theory, aesthetic theories and relationships between media and society. While housed in the department of English, this minor offers students the opportunity to take film and media-related coursework in many other fields.

Minor requirements (18 units)

  • English 202: Film Analysis & Interpretation (3 units)
  • Five courses chosen from the list of approved film-related courses (see below) (15 units)

Approved electives

Below is a partial list of approved electives. For other possible electives, please contact Katherine Fusco or Mike Branch. Once the suggested course is approved, please contact Ann Keniston to have the new course added to the list of approved electives.

Please note that some courses in this list may not be offered every semester, or even every year. For more information about when a particular course might be offered, please contact the department or discuss with your advisor.

  • ART 151: Introduction to Time-Based Media/Videography
  • ART 235: Photography II: Lighting
  • ART 237: Photography II: Color
  • ART 245: Digital Media I
  • ART 251: Videography
  • ART 252: Cinema I: Silent Era
  • ART 253: Cinema II: Sound Era
  • ART 345: Sound and Image
  • ART 353: Cinema III: Sound Era
  • ART 355: Advanced Videography
  • ART 454: Problems in Videography (taught spring semester only)
  • ART 475: History of Photography (Taught Spring Semester only)
  • COM 474: New Media and Human Communication
  • CRJ 433: The Prison in Cinema
  • CRJ 417: Police in the Cinema
  • CRJ 465: Sex, Crime, and the Media
  • EDUC 495: Film and Video Fluency for the Digital Age
  • ENG 437: Topics in Film Studies
  • GEOG 477: Geography and Film
  • HIST 417C: The West as National Experience
  • ITAL 494: Italian Cinema [offered through USAC Only]
  • JOUR 162: History of Documentary
  • JOUR 208: Images and Sounds 
  • JOUR 304: Social Media and Society
  • JOUR 306: Latinas/Os through the Eyes of the Media
  • JOUR 312: Web Video for Social Engagement 
  • JOUR 360: Media and Politics
  • JOUR 425: Audio: Radio, Podcasting, and Beyond
  • JOUR 455: Human Centered Design and Innovation 
  • JOUR 460: News Studio -Documentary 
  • JOUR 481: Race, Gender and Media
  • JOUR 490B: Very Short Videos for Advertising
  • MUS 425: Film Music 
  • PHIL 201: Philosophy and Film
  • PSC 400F: Politics and Film
  • WLL 470: Multiculturalism in Literature & Film
  • WLL 406: Francophone Literature and Films in Translation