Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization (GIS)


The GIS is a "degree enhancement" open to any graduate student interested in developing a secondary expertise in film studies to complement the student's home graduate program. 

GIS in film studies

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.



The curriculum for the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Film Studies includes:

  • 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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GIS Courses


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)





How to apply

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 completed course is not approved toward completion of the GIS.

Verify program of study requirements. 
Be sure that you have meet course and grade requirements of the GIS in Film Studies.

Submit GIS Form in GradForms. 
Students should submit a Minor and Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization form in GRADFORMS. The form serves as the student’s application. The coordinator of the minor/GIS will be notified to review the application, and the student’s advisor will receive an email notice that the student submitted the form.

  • Log into the GradForms website using OSU credentials.
  • Click on ‘Graduation and Examination Tasks’ and then choose the ‘GIS/Minor application’.  

Form Approval and Confirmation
Once the student initiates the online application an email is sent to the representative in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts to approve/deny the form.  After the program approves, the form it is sent to the Graduate School for review of the application, and verification that all courses have been taken and passed with a B/S or higher.

  • Once the Graduate School confirms the decision, the student will receive a confirmation email.

The student must adhere to the curriculum of the minor/GIS program as indicated on the program form. If changes in the approved curriculum are necessary, the student must have the change approved by the minor/GIS program, which will notify the Graduate School. Departures from the approved minor/GIS program could result in the specialization not appearing on the student’s transcript.

Transcript Designation
When the student has completed the minor/GIS program, the student must complete the minor/GIS transcript designation form in GRADFORMS for final review. Once reviewed and approved by the minor/GIS program and the Graduate School, the designation will be posted to the student’s academic record. 


For more information about Graduate Degree programs at The Ohio State University, visit the Graduate Education at OSU website.