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Major in Cinema Studies

The interdisciplinary major in Cinema Studies consists of eleven courses, completed with a grade of C or better, and with a minimum of five courses at the 300 level or above. Majors choose one of two options: “History and Theory” or “Production and Criticism.”

All majors must complete the following core requirements:

  1. Two introductory courses, Introduction to Film I, and Introduction to Film II (01:354:201 and 01:354:202). Close Readings of Cinema (01:354:210) may be substituted for either 01:354:201 or 202;
  2. Three electives, from the list of “approved electives” below, or from among other courses approved by the program director;
  3. The Senior Seminar in Cinema Studies (01:175:425). Seminar: Film Theory (01:354:420) may be substituted for 01:175:425.

Five additional courses are required for each option.

Options within the Major

A. “History and Theory” Option

In addition to the courses required of all majors, students pursuing this option must complete the following:

       1. Two survey courses: American Cinema I (01:354:315) and American Cinema II (01:354:316) OR World Cinema I (01:354:320)
           and World Cinema II (01:354:321);

       2. Two courses in Non-US Cinemas, from the following list:

  • 01:013:365: Bollywood
  • 01:175:321/01:354:321: World Cinema II [this course will not double count if it is used to satisfy the survey requirement]
  • 01:420:305: The French Film in English
  • 01:420:306/01:175:306: Modern French Cinema
  • 01:420:307, 308: The French Film in French
  • 01:420:371, 372: Topics in French Cinema
  • 01:420:471, 472: Advanced Topics in French Cinema
  • 01:470:349: Contemporary German Cinema
  • 01:470:360: Classics of German Cinema
  • 01:560:345: Classics of Italian Cinema
  • 01:560:346: Contemporary Italian Cinema
  • 01:940:345: Spanish Film-English
  • 01:940:346: Spanish Film [in Spanish]
  • 01:940:347: Latin American Cinema-English
  • 01:940:348: Latin American Cinema [in Spanish]

      3. One Theory course: Seminar in Film Theory (01:354:420) OR Theories of Women in Film (01:354:385).

Students may include as electives additional courses listed as Non-US or Theory, if they are not used to fulfill core or option requirements.

B. “Production and Criticism” Option

In addition to the courses required of all Cinema Studies majors, students pursuing this option must complete the following:

  1. Two Survey courses: World Cinema I (01:354:320) and World Cinema II (01:354:321)
  2. One course in Auteur and Genre Studies, from the following list:
  • 01:175:377      (ONLY when topic is “Global Horror”)
  • 01:354:350      Major Filmmakers I
  • 01:354:351      Major Filmmakers II
  • 01:354:360      Film Noir              
  • 01:354:370      Film Genres (may take twice, if different subtitles)
  • 01:354:371      Film Melodrama     
  • 01:354:374      Science Fiction Film 
  • 01:560:320      Mafia Movies: Approaches to Genre in Italian and American Film

      3. Two production courses, from the following list; additional lists of available production courses from the Mason Gross BFA in Digital Filmmaking curriculum are included on preregistration flyers each semester:

  • 01:351:303      Creative Writing: Screenwriting for Film
  • 01:351:308      (ONLY when topic is “Experimental Filmmaking”)     
  • 01:351:309      Creative Writing: Digital Composition 
  • 07:081:243      Media I-A          
  • 07:081:244      Media I-B
  • 07:081:343      Media II-A         
  • 07:081:344      Media II-B          

Students may include as electives additional production courses, or courses listed as Non-US, Auteur/Genre, or Theory, if they are not used to fulfill core or option requirements.

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Additional Information

A flyer listing qualifying elective courses is circulated during each preregistration period, and course descriptions are posted on the program’s website. Cinema Studies majors are encouraged to complete other courses in film history, analysis, or theory before enrolling in a filmmaking/production course.

Cinema Studies courses generally include an additional mandatory weekly meeting time for screenings, or require students to view films outside of class at an on-campus facility such as the Douglass Library Media Center.

Courses that are primarily about film and may count toward the major and minor are listed under the subject codes 175 (Cinema Studies), 354 (English/Film Studies), 013 (AMESALL), 050 (American Studies), 082 (Art History), 195 (Comparative Literature), 420 (French), 470 (German), 560 (Italian), 565 (Japanese), 563 (Jewish Studies), 940 (Spanish and Portuguese) and 988 (Women’s and Gender Studies).

Transfer students and Study-Abroad students must obtain approval from the program director of courses for the major. Students are urged to consult the program director for further information.

List of Approved Cinema Studies Elective Courses for the Major (as of August 2015)

  • 01:013:337: Film & Literature in South Asia (3) 

  • 01:013:365: Bollywood (3) 

  • 01:175:265/01:050:265: American Experimental Film & Video (3) 

  • 01:175:266/01:050:266: Cult Films in American Culture (3) 

  • 01:175:267/01:050:267: American Film Directors (3) 

  • 01:175:268/01:050:268: David Lynch & the American Film Avant-Garde (3)
  • 01:175:377/01:195:377: Topics in World Cinema (3)
  • 01:175:477/01:195:477: Advanced Topics in World Cinema (3)
  • 01:351:303: Creative Writing: Screenwriting for Film (3)
  • 01:351:308: Experimental Filmmaking (3; PLEASE NOTE that this course number also used for Playwriting; it only counts when topic is Filmmaking)

  • 01:351:309: Creative Writing: Digital Composition (3)
  • 01:354:205: Cinema Today (4) [Core: 21C, AHp]
  • 01:354:210: Close Readings of Cinema (3) 

  • 01:354:250: Films of Alfred Hitchcock (4) [Core: AHp]
  • 01:354:270: American Screen Comedy (4) [Core: AHp]
  • 01:354:301: Digital Cinema (4)
  • 01:354:308: The Craft of Screenwriting (3)
  • 01:354:312: Cinema and the Arts (3)
  • 01:354:315, 316: American Cinema I, II (3,3) 

  • 01:354:318: Films from Here: The Cinema of New York and New Jersey (4)
  • 01:354:320, 321/01:175:320, 321: World Cinema I, II (3,3) 
[321: Core: 21C, AHp]
  • 01:354:330, 331: Critical Methodology in Film (3,3) 

  • 01:354:335: Film Sound (4)
  • 01:354:350, 351: Major Filmmakers I, II (3,3)
  • 01:354:355: Films of John Ford (4)
  • 01:354:356: Films of Jean Renoir and Fritz Lang (4)
  • 01:354:360: Film Noir (4)
  • 01:354:370: Film Genres (3) 

  • 01:354:371: Film Melodrama (4)
  • 01:354:373: The Documentary (3)
  • 01:354:374: Science Fiction Film (4)
  • 01:354:375: Film and Society (3) 

  • 01:354:385: Theories of Women and Film (3) 

  • 01:354:391, 392: Special Topics in Film Studies (3,3)
  • 01:354:410: Seminar in Film Studies (4) [Core: WCR]
  • 01:354:420: Seminar: Film Theory (3) 
[Core: WCR]
  • 01:420:305: The French Film in English (3)
  • 01:420:306/01:175:306: Modern French Cinema (3) 
[Core: AHp]
  • 01:420:307, 308: The French Film in French (3,3) 

  • 01:420:371, 372: Topics in French Cinema (3,3) 

  • 01:420:471, 472: Advanced Topics in French Cinema (3,3) 


  • 01:470:349: Contemporary German Cinema (3)

  • 01:470:360: Classics of German Cinema (3) 

  • 01:560:320: Mafia Movies: Approaches to Genre in Italian and American Film (3)
  • 01:560:345: Classics of Italian Cinema (3) [Core: AHo or AHp]
  • 01:560:346: Contemporary Italian Cinema (3) 

  • 01:940:345: Spanish Film-English (3)
  • 01:940:346: Spanish Film (3) 
[in Spanish]
  • 01:940:347: Latin American Cinema-English (3) 

  • 01:940:348: Latin American Cinema (3) [in Spanish]
  • 07:081:243: Media I-A
  • 07:081:244: Media I-B
  • 07:081:343: Media II-A
  • 07:081:344: Media II-B

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Cinema Studies Program
Academic Building, 4th floor
15 Seminary Place
College Avenue Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
cinemastudies@sas.rutgers.edu