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. These must include Cinema Studies 1101, Cinema Studies 2201 or 2202 (History of Film I or II), a 3000-level seminar that must be taken at Bowdoin, a cinema studies course that incorporates theory, and a course in non-US cinema. Students can count one class for more than one requirement (i.e., a 3000-level course with a theory component). First-year seminars in Cinema Studies may count toward the minor, but no more than two courses below the 2000 level will count toward the minor.

Required Courses:
Cinema Studies 1101 {101}
Cinema Studies 2201 {201} or Cinema Studies 2202 {202}. (Both 2201 and 2202 {201 and 202} may be counted toward the minor.)

Beginning with the Spring 2015 semester: all courses formerly listed as Film Studies will be labeled as Cinema Studies.

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 2016-17 deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 30 at 4:00 pm. Submit a printed copy of your work at the door of room 102, Massachusetts Hall by the deadline. One submission per student, limited to 20 double-spaced pages. 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.