Film has emerged as one of the most important art forms of the twentieth century. Film studies at Bowdoin introduces students to the grammar, 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 film studies.
Requirements for the Minor in Film Studies
The minor consists of five courses, four of which must be courses offered by the Film Studies Program. One course must come from another department’s offerings, and at least one course must be at the 300 level or be an independent study. No more than two courses below the 200 level (including Film Studies 101) will count toward the minor. Courses that will count toward the minor must be taken on a graded basis (not Credit/D/Fail), and students must earn grades of C- or better in these courses.
Pre-approved Courses Outside the Film Studies Program:
A wide variety of courses available at Bowdoin may count toward a minor in film studies. Such courses must concentrate on film for the major part of their curriculum. Students wishing to have a particular course considered toward the minor should submit supporting materials from the course (such as syllabus, reading list, and assignments) to the director of the Film Studies Program. The Asian Studies Program, Gender and Women’s Studies Program, and departments of Romance Languages, English, and German frequently offer courses that qualify.