Film Studies Minor


The Film Studies minor, housed in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts, allows students to unite classes devoted to the analysis of cinema both as a unique art form in its own right, and as a medium influenced and shaped by related fields such as literature and the visual arts. Students enrolled in the Film Studies minor will gain an understanding of the evolution of cinema, the relationships between film and other arts, and the international dimensions of the medium.


Courses eligible for credit in the minor are housed under units such as: East Asian, English, French and Italian, Film Studies, German, History of Art, Slavic/Eastern European, Spanish and Portuguese, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 

The minor in film studies requires the completion of one 3 credit hour introductory course, plus an additional 12 credit hours from the approved minor course list.

Minor Requirements

I. Introductory Courses (3 credit hours)

The minor in film studies requires the completion of one of the introductory courses. The introductory course must be completed before the declaration of the minor and, as with other minor course work; a grade of C- or above is required. While the minor may include courses from the introductory list, at least 6 of the 12 credit hours must be at the 3000 level or above.

Choose one course:

  • English 2263 Introduction to Film (3)
  • Film Studies 2270 Introduction to Film Studies (for non-majors) (3)
  • Film Studies 2271 Introduction to Film Studies for Majors (3)
  • German 3351 Democracy, Fascism, and German Culture (3)
  • History of Art 2901 Intro to World Cinema (3)
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 2317: Introduction to Gender & Cinema (3) (previously 3317)


II. Film Studies Courses (12 credit hours)

Choose 12 credit hours from the following (6 hours must be from 3000-level and above).

  • AAAS 4571 Black Visual Culture and Popular Media (3)
  • ACCAD 3350 The History & Theory of Animation (3)
  • ARTEDUC 5835 Visual Representations of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,  Transgender & Queer Subjects (3CH)
  • Chinese 4405 Introduction to Chinese Film (3)
  • Comparative Studies 3607 Film and Literature as Narrative Art (3)
  • EALL 3446 Asian American Film (3)
  • EALL 4407 Early Asian Cinema (3)
  • English 2263 Introduction to Film (3)
  • English 3378 Special Topics in Film and Literature (3)
  • English 4578 Special Topics in Film (3)
  • Film Studies 2270 Introduction to Film Studies (for non-majors) (3)
  • Film Studies 2271 Introduction to Film Studies for Majors (3)
  • Film Studies 3660 Documentary Film Studies (3)
  • Film Studies 4194 Group Studies
  • Film Studies 4580 Studies in a Major Director
  • Film Studies 4640 Studies in Cinema History
  • Film Studies 4650 Studies in Regional History
  • Film Studies/German 4670H Cinema and the Historical Avant Garde (3)
  • Film Studies 4895 Senior Seminar in Film Studies
  • French 2801 Classics of French Cinema (3)
  • French 3701 Introduction to French Cinema (3)*
  • French 4053 French and Italian Cinema to 1952 (3)*
  • French 5702 Studies in Contemporary French Cinema (3)
  • German 2451 Germans in Hollywood: Exiles and Émigrés (3)
  • German 3351 Democracy, Fascism, and German Culture (3)
  • History 3310 History of African American Cinema (3)
  • History of Art 2901 Intro to World Cinema (3)
  • History of Art 3901 World Cinema Today (3)
  • History of Art 4015 Wexner Center Media Arts Programming (3)
  • History of Art 5643 New Media Art (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)
  • Italian 2053 Introduction to Italian Cinema (3)
  • Italian 2055 Mafia Movies (3)
  • Italian 4223 Italian Cinema (3)*
  • Italian 8242: Studies in Italian Culture: Gender and Genre
  • Japanese 4400 Japanese Film and Visual Media (3)
  • Music 3344: Film Music (3)
  • Russian 3460 Modern Russian Experience through Film (3)
  • Scandinavian 4450 The Films of Ingmar Bergman (3)
  • Slavic 3310 Science Fiction- East vs West (3)
  • Slavic 3360 Screening Minorities: Representations of the Other in Slavic Film (3)
  • Spanish 2380 Introduction to Latin American Cinema (3)
  • Spanish 4580 Latin American Film (3)*
  • Spanish 4581 Spanish Film (3)*
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies 3317 Hollywood, Women and Film (3)
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies 4527 Studies in Gender and Cinema (3)

*Courses may not be taught in English; may require language course prerequisite.
#No more than 6 CH can count toward the minor.

How do I officially declare a minor in Film Studies? 

Students can declare a Film Studies minor once they have completed a class in the introductory category, or at any point after that during your academic career. You’ll work closely with an academic advisor in your Major area to make sure your class schedule keeps you on track for semester progress and expected time-to-degree. You’ll also have access to a minor advisor for film studies, Emily Carpenter, who will help to formally declare your minor in Film Studies after you’ve completed the introductory course in film studies.  

Once all courses for the minor program have been completed, if students need a Minor Form (below) to apply for graduation, contact the Film Studies and Moving-Image Production Academic Advisor, Emily Carpenter, at:

General information for Film Studies Minor

Credit hours

  • A minimum of 15 credit hours required (one introductory course and 12 additional credit hours). 1000 level courses shall not be counted in the minor.
  • Transfer and EM credit hours allowed: a student is permitted to count up to 6 total hours of transfer credit and/or credit by examination.
  • Overlap with the GE: A student is permitted to overlap up to 6 credit hours between the GE and the minor.
  • Overlap with the major and additional minor(s): the minor must be in a different subject than the major; the minor must contain a minimum of 12 hours distinct from the major and/or additional minor(s).

Grades required

  • Minimum C- for a course to be listed on the minor.
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative point-hour ratio required for the minor.
  • Course work graded Pass/Non-Pass cannot count on the minor.
  • No more than 3 credit hours of coursework graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory may count toward the minor.
  • X193 credits No more than 3 credit hours.

Minor program form must be filed at least by the time the graduation application is submitted. Once the minor program is filed in the college office, any changes must be approved by Academic Advisor.