Cinema Studies 

Shu-chin Tsui, Program Director
Laurie Holland, Program Coordinator

Professors: Aviva Briefel (English), Shu-chin Tsui (Asian Studies), Tricia Welsch†
Assistant Professor: Allison A. Cooper (Romance Languages and Literatures)
Visiting Faculty: Jason Middleton

Film has emerged as one of the most important art forms of the modern era. The Cinema Studies Program at Bowdoin introduces students to the techniques, history, and literature of film in order to cultivate an understanding of both the vision and craft of film artists and the views of society and culture expressed in cinema. Bowdoin College does not offer a major in cinema studies.

Requirements for the Minor in Cinema Studies

Students minoring in cinema studies are required to complete a total of five courses with a grade of C- or better. Courses taken Credit/D/Fail do not count toward the minor.

Required courses:

  • Cinema Studies 1101
  • Cinema Studies 2201 or 2202
  • one 3000-level seminar that must be taken at Bowdoin
  • one cinema studies course that incorporates theory
  • one cinema studies course in non-US cinema


Additional Information

  • Students may count one class for more than one requirement, e.g. a 3000-level course with a theory component.
  • No more than two courses below the 2000 level, including first-year seminars, count toward the minor.
  • No more than one independent study may count toward the minor.
  • Normally one course taken at another college or university may be approved for credit toward the minor pending approval.

(Department/Program website)