UMD Department of Theatre

The film studies minor provides an interdisciplinary approach to film, exploring the medium through practical, historical and social contexts. Required courses in the minor give students an understanding of the art of filmmaking, a history of film and how film connects to society. Electives in the minor offer students the opportunity to focus on more specific aspects of film ranging from film genres to photography to screenwriting.

Minor in Film Studies

Elective Courses (9)


Take 1-2 Course(s) totalling 3-6 credits:


Art 2030 - Digital Arts: Time-based Media (3)

ART 2040 - Digital Filmmaking: Visual Narratives(3)

ART 3040 - Digital Filmmaking: Experimental Techniques(3)

ART 4040 - Digital Filmmaking: Advanced Projects(3)

TH3851 - Screenwriting (3)



AMIN4640 - American Indians in the Movies (3)

ENGL4292 - Literature into Film (4)

FR2315 - French Cinema (4)

GERM4305 - German Cinema (4)

HIST3346 - History of Hollywood (3)

MU1004 - Music in Film (3)

POL3025 - Popular Culture and Politics (4)

SPAN2093 - Spanish Historical Film and Fiction in Translation (4)

SPAN4017 - Hispanic American Cinema and Culture (4)

SPAN4030 - Cinema and Culture of Spain (4)

WS3400 - Women and Film (3)

*Courses that may be used to fulfill UMD Liberal Education
program requirements.


Minor in Film Studies

(18-20 credits)