Minor Program Requirements

To subscribe to the Cinema & Media Studies Undergraduate mailing list (cineug) please send your request to the CMS Department. To maintain consistent communication with the department and Director of Undergraduate Studies, all students who declare a minor in Cinema and Media Studies will be added to cms-ba@lists.uchicago.edu

Students should keep on hand the following form while minoring in Cinema and Media Studies:
CMS BA Minor Requirements Approval Form

The minor in Cinema and Media Studies requires the completion of six classes:

Introduction to Film Analysis (CMST 10100);
History of International Cinema I and II (CMST 28500 and CMST 28600);
and three classes at the 20000 level or above.

Students are encouraged to take Introduction to Film Analysis (CMST 10100) early in their undergraduate career, or at the beginning of their minor course of study. It must be taken no later than spring quarter of a student’s third year.

Students who elect the minor program in Cinema and Media Studies must meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies before the end of the winter quarter of their third year to declare their intention to complete the minor.

Students choose courses for the Cinema and Media Studies minor in consultation with the CMS Director of Undergraduate Studies. The Director’s approval of the minor program should be submitted to a student’s College adviser no later than the end of spring quarter of a student’s third year. Approval forms are obtained from the Director of Undergraduate Studies, or the College adviser.

Courses in the minor (1) may not be double counted with the student’s major(s) or with other minors; (2) may not be counted toward general education requirements. All classes toward the minor must be taken for quality grades, and more than half of the requirements for the minor must be met by registering for courses bearing University of Chicago course numbers.

Sample minor program in Cinema and Media Studies

CMST 10100. Introduction to Film Analysis

CMST 28500. History of International Cinema I: Silent Era

CMST 28600. History of International Cinema II: Sound Era to 1960


CMST 24701. Left-Wing Art and Soviet Film Culture of the 1920s

CMST 25201. Cinema and the First Avant-Garde: 1890 to 1933

CMST 23404. French Cinema, 1920s-1930s