Mission

The minor in Global Cinema Studies provides undergraduates with an introduction to the technical, aesthetic, and cultural developments of a diverse international art form.  Students graduating with a Global Cinema minor will be trained in critical, formal, theoretical, and historical thinking and analysis. They will significantly expand their audiovisual literacy through exposure to many different cultural uses of cinematic forms, traditions, and genres around the globe, in the process improving their oral and written skills of discussion. In short, students will acquire the critical tools to approach and understand today’s increasingly media-saturated world from an historical and cross-cultural perspective.

The minor is designed to be at once flexible and rigorous. Students are required to take ENGL 142 (“Film Analysis”) and CMPL 143 (“Global Cinema”), which provide a solid grounding in the technical, aesthetic, and cultural history of an increasingly international enterprise. The remaining courses (the minor asks for a minimum of five) are electives to be chosen on the basis of a student’s particular interests (major, languages, etc.).

While Global Cinema Studies is housed in Comparative Literature, the minor is an interdisciplinary initiative: it draws faculty and course offerings from a wide variety of departments and programs around the college of Arts and Sciences, and it is designed to adapt to the unique ambitions and passion of each undergraduate. Our students major in fields such as Anthropology, Art History, Global Studies, Asian Studies, Business, Communications, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, English, French, Geography, German, International Studies, Journalism, Political Science, Religious Studies, Slavic Languages, Spanish, and Women’s Studies. By linking Global Cinema Studies with other departments, our goal is to situate the cinema (and related media) in broader contexts, such as the formation of visual culture and the history of the senses; modernity, modernism, and the avant-garde; narrative theory, poetics, and rhetoric; commercial entertainment forms and leisure and consumer culture; sexuality and gender; constructions of ethnic, racial, and national identities; transnational media production and circulation, and the emergence of global media publics.

Students interested in pursuing a major in Global Cinema Studies can do do by taking a film-focused track within Comparative Literature. Click here for further details and requirements.