Cinema Minor

Required Courses (20 units)

  • CINE 200: Introduction to Cinema Studies (3 units)
  • CINE 211: Film History I (3 units)
  • CINE 212: Film History II (3 units)
  • Electives (11 units)

All elective units must be upper-division.

Up to 3 elective units from other departments (non-CINE courses) may be applied to the minor with advisor-approval. These courses are normally found in the arts or humanities and relate to the study or creation of cinema. Consult with a Cinema advisor for more information.

Program learning outcomes strive to enable students to:

1.   Acquire basic skills in the critical analysis of films, focused by the analysis of representative film texts from a range of periods and cultures.

2.   Identify contemporary technological, artistic, and industrial trends in the cinematic arts.

3.   Produce competent and sustained research papers evidencing knowledge of major topics, theories, and methods.

Cinema majors are given priority in production courses (CINE 202, CINE 204, and all 400-level and 600-level courses). Cinema minors wishing to enroll in these courses should contact the instructor directly. Note that prerequisites apply.


Read more about the School of Cinema programs and requirements on the SF State Bulletin site.