Film Studies Minor


The Film Studies minor 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 relations 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. 



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Minor Requirements


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. After completion of the introductory course, the student must meet with the Film Studies Program advisor to plan the minor coursework. After the coursework has been approved, the student may declare the minor in the college/school office.

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)

Choose 12 credit hours from among 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.



Minor Form

Once the minor program has been completed, students must file Checklist for Minor Form with the Film Studies Program office. For further information about the minor program, or if you need a disability accessible format, please email the Film Studies Program or contact the office at 150 Hagerty Hall.



General Information on Minor Programs

Minor programs are not required for graduation.

A student may not take a major and a minor in the same subject.

Courses used on the minor may not be used for the major.

Where appropriate, overlap between the GE and a minor is permissible unless specifically disallowed for an individual minor.

All minors require a minimum of 12 credit hours; some require more.

Transfer credit hours allowed. No more than one half of the credit hours required on the minor.

No Film Studies minor course can be repeated without pre-approval from the Film Studies Program office.

When students complete more than one minor, each minor must contain a minimum of 12 unique hours.

No grade below a C- will be permitted in courses comprising the minor; the minimum of 12 unique hours.

Courses taken on a Pass/Non-Pass basis may not be applied to the minor.

Some minors need individual approval by a faculty member; others do not.

Students need not file their minor programs until they file their graduation applications.

Once a minor program is on file in the college/school office, any changes must be discussed with the faculty adviser and/or the college/school counselor.

*If you began the minor before Winter 2012, please contact an advisor.


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