Minor in Cinema and Media Studies

Program Learning Outcomes for the Minor in Cinema and Media Studies

Upon completing the minor in Cinema and Media Studies, students will be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding of film and media history in the context of cultural, economic, political, and national developments.
  2. Utilize specialized disciplinary vocabulary and methodologies effectively, and communicate the function and meaning of film and media works both verbally and in writing.
  3. Develop an understanding of modes of theoretical inquiry relevant to film and media studies.
  4. Understand major film movements, trends, and genres across regional, national, and global contexts.
  5. Develop analytical thinking skills to generate and answer original research questions and produce independent research.

Requirements for the Minor in Cinema and Media Studies

Students pursuing the minor in Cinema and Media Studies must complete:

  • A minimum of 6 courses (18 credit hours) to satisfy minor requirements.
  • A minimum of 2 courses (6 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.
  • A maximum of 2 courses (6 credit hours) from the same subject code (i.e., ENGL, GERM, etc.) may be used to meet the Elective Requirements.
  • A maximum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) from study abroad or transfer credit. For additional program guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab. 

Students who pursue the minor in Cinema and Media Studies are encouraged to meet with a program co-director before the end of the winter semester of their third year to declare their intention to complete the minor. 

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this minor. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the minor’s academic advisor (or official certifier).  Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary 

Total Credit Hours Required for the Minor in Cinema and Media Studies18

Minor Requirements

Core Requirements
Select 3 from the following:9
HISTORY OF CINEMA AND MEDIA I: INVENTION TO 1945
HISTORY OF CINEMA AND MEDIA PART II: 1945-PRESENT
INTRODUCTION TO FILM AND MEDIA ANALYSIS
HISTORY & AESTHETICS OF FILM
Elective Requirements
Select 3 from the following: 19
MEDICINE AND MEDIA
CINEMA STUDIES 2
FILM AND LITERATURE
MEDICAL MEDIA ARTS LAB
MODALITIES OF CINEMA
GLOBAL CINEMA
FILM GENRE: THE WESTERN
FILM GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION CINEMA
SEMINAR ON FILM AUTHORSHIP: THE NEW HOLLYWOOD
INTRODUCTION TO CINEMA IN FRENCH
HISTORY THROUGH GERMAN CINEMA
NATIONAL SOCIALISM AND FILM
MODERN MEDIA
GERMAN FILM
GERMAN ADAPTATIONS: TEXT TO FILM
NEW GERMAN FILM: HITLER'S CINEMATIC CHILDREN
CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN CINEMA
CINEMA AND THE CITY
CINEMAS OF URBAN ALIENATION
POST WAR EUROPEAN CINEMA
PLACE AND MEMORY IN MIDDLE EASTERN AND EUROPEAN CINEMA
VIDEO AND EXPANDED CINEMA
LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA
Total Credit Hours18

Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the Minor in Cinema and Media Studies 

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing the minor in Cinema and Media Studies should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • As noted in Majors, Minors, and Certificates, i.) students may declare their intent to pursue a minor only after they have first declared a major, and ii.) students may not major and minor in the same subject.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the minor in Cinema and Media Studies should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • No more than 3 courses (9 credit hours) of transfer credit from U.S. or international universities of similar standing as Rice may apply towards the minor.
  • Request for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.

​Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Cinema and Media Studies website: 
http://arthistory.rice.edu/cinema-and-media-studies-minor

Opportunities for the Minor in Cinema and Media Studies 

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this minor.