Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization (GIS)


The OSU Film Studies Program administers the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization (GIS) in Film Studies, which is available to students enrolled in post-graduate degree programs in another discipline.

Goals of the GIS in Film Studies

  • To provide students the tools for rigorous formal and historical analysis of film.
  • To urge students to think critically about film as an aesthetic form and cinema as a social institution.
  • To encourage pursuit of interdisciplinary inquiries about cinema.


To apply for the GIS, please make an appointment with the director of the Film Studies Program.

Application for the GIS is to be made before the beginning of the semester of its completion. This requirement exists because (1) the form may be forwarded to the Graduate School only in the first two weeks of each semester, and (2) this leaves time for making other arrangements in the event that a course is not approved toward the GIS.


Here is a summary of the curriculum for the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Film Studies:

  • 12 Hours spread over 4 courses, subject to coordinator's approval.
  • At least 9 hours from the IFSC Master and Supplemental Lists (see below).
  • At least 9 hours outside the student’s home program.
  • 6 hours at the 7000 level or above.
  • 3.4 GPA in the GIS and no grade lower than a “B” for these four courses.

Eligible Courses: To qualify for the GIS in Film Studies, students must complete at least 9 credit hours in the courses from the Master and Supplemental lists.


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Courses available for a GIS in Film Studies

  • ACCAD 6650 History of Animation (3)
  • Chinese 7468 Seminar in Chinese Film (3)
  • English 4578 Special Topics in Film (3)
  • English 6778.01 Introduction to Graduate Study in Film and Film Theory (3)
  • English 7878 Seminar in Film & Media Studies (3)
  • Film Studies H4670 Cinema and the Historic Avant-Garde (3)
  • Film Studies 5193 Individual Studies (1-3)
  • Film Studies 7000 Graduate Studies in Film History (3)
  • Film Studies 7001 Advanced Theory Seminar: Methods and Applications (3)
  • French 4023 Studies in French Cinema (3)
  • French 5702 Contemporary French Cinema (3)
  • French 8701 Seminar in French Cinema  (3)
  • German H4670 Cinema and the Historic Avant-Garde (3)
  • German 6400 Introductiont to German Film (3)
  • History of Art 4015 Wexner Center Media Arts Programming (3)
  • History of Art 4901 Classic Film Theory--proposed (3)
  • History of Art 5645 Video Art (3)
  • History of Art 5901 Silent Cinema: 1895-1927 (3)
  • History of Art 5902 Classical Sound Cinema: 1927-1948 (3)
  • History of Art 5903 Recent Cinema: 1948-Present (3)
  • History of Art 5905 Avant-Garde Film (3)
  • History of Art 5910 Documentary Film (3)
  • History of Art 8901 Selected Topics in Cinema Studies (3)
  • Italian 8242 *This course is being considered for the GIS
  • Italian 8243 Italian Cinema (3)
  • Portuguese 7440 Brazilian Film* (3)
  • Russian 6657 Gender and National Identity (3)
  • Scandinavian 4450 The Films of Ingmar Bergman (3)
  • Spanish 7800 Latin American Film (3)
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 4527 Studies in Women and Cinema (3)

Listing of supplemental courses available for a GIS in Film Studies

  • Comparative Studies 8891 The Wexner Center Seminar (1-3)
  • English 7882.01 Interdepartmental Seminar in Critical Theory (3)
  • German 8400 Seminar in Film, Visual Culture, and the Performing Arts (3)
  • History of Art 8001 Studies in Art Theory and Criticism (Film Theory II & III) (3)
  • History of Art 8641 The Wexner Center Seminar (1-3)
  • Women's Studies 8860 Topics in Feminist Studies (3)

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Film Studies Group (IGFSG) at OSU

From the IGFSG website: "In response to the needs of graduate students from various fields interested in cinema and media studies, IGFSG’s goal is to provide opportunities for viewing, reading, discussion, fun, and professionalization, as well as support for filmmaking and cinema appreciation efforts throughout campus. We have hosted guest faculty lecturers, assembled colloquia, and presented panels at national conferences. If you are an OSU graduate student interested in IGFSG, join us each month on the last Thursday at 7 pm at Studio 35 on Indianola Ave. for happy hour, film trivial pursuit, and possibly a movie! We encourage you to get involved."