Requirements for the Minor in Cinema Studies

A minor in Cinema Studies introduces students to the techniques, history, and literature of film to cultivate an understanding of 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.

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 Film Narrative
  • Cinema Studies 2201 Film History 1895 to 1935; or 2202 Film History 1935 to 1975; or 2264 Film Genres in American Cinema (all three may be counted toward the minor).
  • 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, incuding first-year seminars, count toward the minor.
  • No more than one independent study may count toward the minor.
  • Normally, one course taken at another institution may be applied to the minor upon approval by program faculty and director.

Cinema Studies Writing Prizes

In the spring of each year, the Cinema Studies Program posts a call to all Bowdoin first-years and seniors who have taken a Cinema Studies course at Bowdoin.  Prizes are competitive and not limited to Cinema Studies minors. Submissions are reviewed by faculty judges. The program awards the winners during the college's Honors Day program in May, and prize winners’ names are also printed in the commencement program.

The Rosebud Prize is awarded to a member of the first-year class for the best essay written for a Cinema Studies class.
The Sunrise Prize is awarded to a member of the senior class for the best essay written for a current or past Cinema Studies class or independent study.

The 2017-18 deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 29th at 4:00 pm. Submit a printed copy of your work at the door of room 102, Massachusetts Hall by the deadline. Only one submission per student is allowed, limited to 20 double-spaced pages. Submissions may be from a current Cinema Studies class, or from a Cinema Studies class taken in a previous semester. Essays may be edited before submission, but cannot be edited once submitted. Each submission must include a cover page with your full name, class year, the title of your piece, and which Cinema Studies class the piece was written for. Submissions are judged anonymously - include identifying information on the cover page only.