College of Arts and Letters2012-2013

Department of Comparative Cultural Studies

Cinema Studies, Minor

Regardless of their origins, "All good films teach us lessons about human behavior," says Italian publisher Francesco Bogliari. This minor will lead students in exploration of the art of filmic storytelling, the history of cinema, and the social impacts of the movies. This minor is a natural companion to many majors, including English, History, Women’s and Gender Studies, Psychology, Journalism, etc.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Cinema Studies?

Do you love film? You can declare Cinema Studies as a minor to complement your studies in Communication, Criminology and Criminal Justice, English, Ethnic Studies, History, Humanities, Arts, and Religion, Modern Languages, Philosophy, and Sociology. Cinema has a tremendous influence in the worlds of art, politics, culture, and economics, and film and other forms of visual culture are essential to understanding the politics and practices of representation.

In the Cinema Studies minor, you'll focus on film and cultural analysis, the impact of visual technologies, the meanings of media in everyday life, and the significance of historic and modern modes of exhibition. You'll also be exposed to orphan films, archival films, classics, and contemporary and cutting edge cinema, as well other kinds of screens and their images from around the world. You can gain professional experience by assisting in the development and organization of film series, film festivals, and cinema forums for the university and Flagstaff community.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 21
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Recommended


Minor Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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