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Minor in Film and Media Studies

A minor in Film Studies requires four core courses and three elective courses for a total of seven courses. Courses must focus on film and use the method of film study to be used towards completion of the minor; courses that use film to illustrate a cultural topic are not eligible. Film Production and Studio Art courses may not be used towards the requirements.

Upon declaring the minor, students are assigned an adviser with whom they plan their course of study and electives. A proposed course of study must be approved by the adviser and placed in the student's departmental file. Only one class may be taken for credit outside the Stanford campus, including Stanford Overseas Studies programs. Minors are required to attend an orientation session presented by the professional staff of the Art Library, which introduces the many tools of research and reference available on campus or through the Internet. This requirement should be completed no later than the quarter following the minor declaration.

Requirements—The minor in Film Studies requires seven courses for a minimum of 29 units.

Required Courses for the Minor—

FILMSTUD 4. Introduction to Film Study

FILMSTUD 102. Theories of the Moving Image

One course from FILMSTUD 100A,B,C. History of World Cinema I, II, III

One course in a national cinema or an additional course in film history

Optional Courses for the Minor—Three elective courses. Electives can be chosen from courses in other departments and must be approved for the Film Studies minor by the Film Studies coordinator and core faculty for their stress on methods of film analysis. These may include courses in national cinemas, film genres, experimental and documentary film, or film theory.

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