Requirements and Electives

The minor consists of a minimum of 18 semester units distributed among a core (7 units) and a choice of electives (11 or more units).

Minor Core Requirements (2 courses, 7 units)

  1. LIBS 320C: Introduction to Film Studies (3 units)
  2. Multicultural Representations in Film (Students choose one of the following courses):
    • AMCS 392 Ethnic Images in Film and Media (4 units)
    • CALS 393 Chicano/Latino Cinema (4 units)
    • LIBS 204 Minorities in American Cinema (4 units)
    • NAMS 338 Native Americans and the Cinema (4 units)

Minor Electives (11 units minimum)

Students may complete the film studies minor by choosing at least 11 units of additional course work that incorporate film analysis, history, imagery, or cultural representation as a critical component of the course pedagogy. Note that any course taken in the core may not be repeated for elective credit. The following is a list of approved electives. However, this list of electives may not be exhaustive, as course offerings may change each semester. Students are advised to work closely with one of the faculty advisors listed above in order to ensure progress in the minor.

Note: Some of these courses are offered in departments that are impacted, and may not be open to all students.

  • AMCS 260 Ethnicity in the Arts, Culture, and Media (4 units)
  • AMCS 392 Ethnic Images in Film and Media (4 units)
  • AMCS 390 Independent Film Study (1-2 units)
  • CALS 393 Chicano/Latino Cinema (4 units)
  • COMS 320 Movies and Cultures (4 units)
  • COMS 320 Screenwriting for Film (4 units)
  • COMS 329 Reality TV and Film (4 units)
  • ENGL 377 Topics in Film Studies (1-4 units)
  • ENGL 430 Creative Writing: Select Genres (Screen writing) (1-4 units)
  • FR 201 Third Semester French (4 units)
  • GER 210 Intermediate German through Film (4 units)
  • LIBS 204 Minorities in American Cinema (4 units)
  • LIBS 209 Bollywood and Globalization (4 units)
  • LIBS 320C Documentary Ethics and Aesthetic (3 units)
  • LIBS 320C Mike Leigh's Cinema of Life (3 units)
  • LIBS 320C Bollywood (3 units)
  • LIBS 390 Independent Film Study (1-2 units)
  • MLL 214 French Literature and Film (4 units)
  • NAMS 338 Native Americans and the Cinema (4 units)
  • POLS 431 Politics and the Media (4 units)
  • PSY 413 Adolescent Development Through Film (4 units)
  • PSY 470 Psychology of Film (4 units)
  • SOCI 434 Cinema and Society (4 units)
  • WGS 285 Men and Masculinities (4 units)

Students are encouraged to enroll in the following course, Independent Film Study, for elective credit:

AMCS 390/ LIBS 390: Independent Film Study (1-2 units)

Students enrolled in this independent study will attend Sonoma Film Institute (SFI) screenings (or other film-related lectures or events on campus, in consultation with their advisor). Students will earn 1 unit of credit for every 6 film screenings attended. Students are also required to submit a written film analysis following each film screening. Students must consult with their advisor to enroll in this independent study option. Students enrolling in this course must have completed or currently be enrolled in LIBS 320C “Intro to Film Studies/Film Theory and Narrative.” Repeatable for up to 4 units. Satisfies GE, category C1.