Cinema Studies Program

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 has addressed these and attendant issues through a range of strategies, directing attention both to the highest form of rarified art practice and to the most popular forms of entertainment and diversion.

The minor in cinema studies focuses on the history, theory, and culture of film and related media such as digital media and photography. 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 its strength from 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 Wurtzler

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

Program Affiliated Faculty: Professor Laurie Osborne (English); Associate Professors Arne Koch (German), Mouhamédoul Niang (French Studies), and Maple Razsa (Global Studies)

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 director. 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


  • 285 History of Photography


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


  • 237 Francophone African Cinema
  • 323 Holocaust in French Cinema


  • 234 German Culture through Film

Religious Studies

  • 319 Bollywood and Beyond: South Asian Religions through Film


  • 242 Back to the Future: Recent Russian Cinema


  • 266 Language of Spanish Cinema
  • 362 All about Almodóvar