Cinema Studies Department

Few art forms have had a greater impact on modern culture than cinema. Over the course of cinema’s relatively brief history, film criticism and theory have grappled with some of the issues most central to the humanities, including how to represent and transform the world and how technological changes have affected the production and consumption of images. As an academic discipline, cinema studies explores moving images circulating in a variety of media platforms and formats.

The minor in cinema studies focuses on the history, theory, and practice of film and related media. It makes coherent both the historical and aesthetic dimensions of cinema, including the mutual influence of cinema with its cultural, technological, national, and transnational contexts. As a distinct field of study influenced by a range of disciplines—among them art history, English, and the sciences—the minor draws on connections among departments, while at the same time providing a core of courses foundational to the discipline of cinema studies itself.


Director, Associate Professor Steve J. Wurtzler

Advisory Committee and Faculty:  Associate Professors Dean Allbritton (Spanish) and Audrey Brunetaux (French Studies); Assistant Professors Se Young Kim (Cinema Studies) and Elena Monastireva-Ansdell (Russian); Instructor Erin Murphy (Cinema Studies)

Program Affiliated Faculty: Associate Professors Arne Koch (German), Mouhamédoul Niang (French Studies), and Maple Razsa (Global Studies); Assistant Professor Ana Almeyda-Cohen (Spanish)

Requirements +

Requirements for the Minor in Cinema Studies

Six courses, including Cinema Studies 142, 251 or 252, 321, one non-U.S. cinema studies course, and two electives selected from the list of courses approved for the minor or approved by the department chair. All courses besides CI 142 must be numbered 200 and above. No more than two courses can count toward both the cinema studies minor and another minor or major.

Other Applicable Courses +

Courses Approved for the Minor in Cinema Studies

Cinema Studies

  • 210 Contemporary Documentary Filmmaking
  • 227 (GS 227) Visual Ways of Knowing: Transcultural Documentary Filmmaking
  • 247 Visual Storytelling: Found Materials and the Archive
  • 248 Digital Storytelling: Telling Stories Online
  • 256 (FR 256) Film for Thought: The Art of French Cinema
  • 285 Experimental Cinema
  • 287 Postwar US Cinema and Culture
  • 289 Streaming Media: Moving Images in the 21st Century
  • 297 Video Games and Game Studies
  • 298A New Media, Digital Identities
  • 298B Militarization and American Culture


  • 386C Special Topics: Documentary Radio
  • 411 Shakespeare on Screen
  • 412 Global Shakespeare
  • 493A Seminar: Literature and Film Adaptation


  • 237 Francophone African Cinema
  • 323 Holocaust in French Cinema
  • 397 Queering the Maghreb in Francophone Cinema


  • 234 German Culture through Film
  • 297B German Cinema: Past and Present


  • 298B Film Music

Religious Studies

  • 319 Bollywood and Beyond: South Asian Religions through Film


  • 242 Celluloid Ethnicities: How the USSR was (De)Constructed


  • 239 Latin America at the Movies
  • 266 Language of Spanish Cinema
  • 344 Bad Women and B Films in Contemporary Latin America
  • 357 Borderlands Cinema
  • 362 All about Almodóvar