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Undergraduate Minors

The Department of Cinema Studies offers two different minors for undergraduate students.  As a student, you can declare a minor using the Student Center on Albert.

Minor in Cinema Studies

Cinema Studies is devoted to the history, theory, and aesthetics of film and the moving image.  The approach to cinema is interdisciplinary and international in scope and is concerned with understanding films in terms of the material practices that produce them and within which they circulate.  While film constitutes the primary object of study, the department also considers other media that fall within the realm of sound/image studies (e.g. broadcast television, video art, and online technologies) to be within its purview.

Introductory Course

Introduction to Cinema Studies is offered each fall in the department.  As a substitute, you may enroll in either the College Core Curriculum in the College of Arts and Science’s Expressive Culture: Film or the Department of Film and Television's Language of Film, both offered each semester.  It is strongly encouraged that you complete an introductory course before fulfilling the other requirements for the minor.

Small Lecture Course

Small lecture classes will give you the opportunity to delve into specific topics in the areas of film auteurs, genres, movements, national cinemas, television studies, and special topics.  Course topics change each semester, so there’s always something new to learn.  Recent topics have included American Film of the 1960s & 70s, Choreography and the Moving Image, Hitchcock, Korean Cinema, The Sitcom, and Special Effects.

International Cinema Course

Large lecture courses that survey International Cinema history are taught each semester.  Small lecture courses are often focused on international topics, as well. Recent topics have included Contemporary Chinese Cinema, The International Film Musical, and Iranian Cinema: Women & The Moving Image.

 

Elective Cinema Course

You can take any other course offered by the Department of Cinema Studies, or an approved class taught at an NYU Global site.

Minor in Asian Film & Media

The minor in Asian Film and Media is designed to provide an interdisciplinary and comparative focus on the historical and contemporary media forms of Asia, as well as in depth study of particular regions and topics.  Students investigate the aesthetic forms of popular and art cinemas, the political economy of the film and media industry, audiences, mass culture, media activism, and experimental audiovisual arts in film, video, anime, television, radio, and digital media.

Introductory Film or Media Course

Introduction to Cinema Studies is offered each fall in the department.  As a substitute, you may enroll in either the College Core Curriculum in the College of Arts and Science’s Expressive Culture: Film or the Department of Film and Television's Language of Film, both offered each semester.  It is strongly encouraged that you complete an introductory course before fulfilling the other requirements for the minor.

Elective Courses in Asian Film and Media

Two other courses in the field of Asian Film and Media are required to complete the minor.  Recent course topics have included: Asian-American Cinema, Indian Cinemas, Japanese Anime and New Media, and The Martial Arts Film.