Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Film Studies


The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization (GIS) in Film Studies is a degree enhancement open to any graduate student interested in developing a secondary expertise in film studies to complement the student's home graduate program. This specialization provides students the tools for rigorous formal and historical analysis of film. It urges students to think critically about film as an aesthetic form and cinemas as a social institution.

The specialization requires a minimum of four courses and no less than 12 hours with no more than two 5000-level courses. At least 9 hours must from film studies courses on Master and Supplemental Lists (see below). At least 9 hours must come from outside the student's home degree program. A grade of B or better (or S when applicable) is required in each course comprising the minor and a minimum 3.4 GPA in the specialization.

Required courses

There are no required courses for this specialization.


Students should complete the remaining credit hours to total 12 hours for the minor from the electives listed below.


  1. In conjunction with their advisors, graduate students should determine the appropriateness of pursuing a graduate interdisciplinary specialization or graduate minor and how best to incorporate it into their program of study.
  2. Graduate students must complete the appropriate form, including obtaining the advisor’s signature. This form serves as the application to enroll. The student submits the form to the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts’ Director of Graduate Studies.
  3. Once approved, the Director of Graduate Studies sends a copy of the completed program form to the Graduate School and the graduate studies committee chair of the student's primary graduate program. The Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts keeps the original.
  4. The Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts will send the student an acknowledgment indicating whether or not the request is approved. The Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts will send a copy to the Graduate School and the student's primary graduate studies committee.
  5. The student must adhere to the curriculum of the GIS or graduate minor program as indicated on the appropriate program form. If changes in the approved curriculum are necessary, the student must complete a new program form following the steps above. Departures from the approved GIS or graduate minor program could result in the specialization not appearing on the student's transcript.
  6. Upon completion of the GIS or graduate minor program, the student must submit the GIS or graduate minor transcript designation form to the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts.
  • ACCAD 6650: History of Animation  
  • CHINESE 7468: Seminar in Chinese Film 
  • ENGLISH 4578: Special Topics in Film  
  • ENGLISH 6778.01: Introduction to Graduate Study in Film and Film Theory  
  • ENGLISH 7878: Seminar in Film & Media Studies
  • FILMSTD 5193: Individual Studies (internship/field work) 
  • FILMSTD 7000: Graduate Studies in Film History 
  • FILMSTD 7001: Advanced Theory Seminar: Methods and Applications 
  • FRENCH 4023: Studies in French Cinema 
  • FRENCH 5702: Contemporary French Cinema 
  • FRENCH 8701: Seminar in French Cinema 
  • GERMAN/FILMSTD 4670H: Cinema and the Historic Avant-Garde
  • GERMAN 6400: Introduction to German Film 
  • HISTART 4015: Wexner Center Media Arts Programming 
  • HISTART4901: Classic Film Theory--proposed 
  • HISTART 5645: Video Art 
  • HISTART 5901: Silent Cinema: 1895-1927 
  • HISTART 5902: Classical Sound Cinema: 1927-1948 
  • HISTART 5903: Recent Cinema: 1948-Present 
  • HISTART 5905: Avant-Garde Film 
  • HISTART 5910: Documentary Film
  • HISTART 8901: Selected Topics in Cinema Studies 
  • ITALIAN 8243: Italian Cinema 
  • PORTUGUESE 7440: Brazilian Film* 
  • RUSSIAN 6657: Gender and National Identity 
  • SCANDVN 4450: The Films of Ingmar Bergman
  • SPANISH 7800: Latin American Film 
  • WGSST 4527: Studies in Women and Cinema 
  • COMPSTD 8891: The Wexner Center Seminar 
  • ENGLISH 7882.01: Interdepartmental Seminar in Critical Theory 
  • GERMAN 8400: Seminar in Film, Visual Culture, and the Performing Arts
  • HISTART 8001: Studies in Art Theory and Criticism (Film Theory II & III)
  • HISTART 8641: The Wexner Center Seminar 
  • WGSST 8860: Topics in Feminist Studies

For the GIS in Film Studies, 3 credit hours may be approved for an upper-level, intensive film course that does not appear on these lists. If you have a question about whether an upper-level film course would be approved to count towards the specialization, please contact the academic program coordinator at