Global Cinema Minor

Department of English and Comparative Literature

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Greenlaw Hall, CB# 3520

(919) 962-5481

Rick Warner, Program Director

Mary Floyd-Wilson, Chair

Hilary Lithgow, ECL Undergraduate Advisor

Jennifer Larson, Director of Undergraduate Studies

The global cinema minor is an interdisciplinary minor that enables students to explore the changing global face of cinema in its aesthetic, economic, historical, linguistic, literary, and social contexts. Students select a flexible, rigorous, and exciting course of study focused on the place of film within and across human cultures. The minor aims to provide undergraduates with grounding in the history of cinema’s development across the world as well as current trends and developments in global film production. The minor places a particular emphasis on the development of students’ critical judgment and written expression. Undergraduate students majoring in any academic unit are eligible.

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In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The interdisciplinary minor consists of five courses:

Core Requirements
ARTH 159The Film Experience: Introduction to the Visual Study of Film3
or ENGL 142 Film Analysis
CMPL 143History of Global Cinema3
Three electives from at least two different departments, chosen from the list below9
Total Hours15

For additional information, contact the director of the global cinema minor.


AAAD 250The African American in Motion Pictures: 1900 to the Present3
AMST 268American Cinema and American Culture3
AMST 336Native Americans in Film3
AMST 371LGTBQ Film and Fiction from 1950 to the Present3
AMST 483Seeing the USA: Visual Arts and American Culture3
ARAB 453Film, Nation, and Identity in the Arab World3
ARTS 106Video I3
ARTS 206Video II3
ARTS 3093D Animation3
ASIA 124Iranian Post-1979 Cinema3
ASIA 231Bollywood Cinema3
ASIA 235Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity H3
ASIA 435The Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa3
ASIA/CMPL 255The Feast in Film, Fiction, and Philosophy H3
ASIA/CMPL 379Cowboys, Samurai, and Rebels in Film and Fiction H3
CHIN 244Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture through Cinema3
CHIN 464The City in Modern Chinese Literature and Film3
CMPL 144Engaging Film and Media 3
CMPL 180Race and Ethnicity in Hollywood Productions and Beyond3
CMPL 212The Cinematic City3
CMPL 227Global Authors: The Middle Ages in World Cinema3
CMPL 240Introduction to Film Theory3
CMPL 254Horror and the Global Gothic: Film, Literature, Theory3
CMPL 255The Feast in Film, Fiction, and Philosophy H3
CMPL 262Film and Politics3
CMPL 280Film Genres3
CMPL/GSLL 281Holocaust Cinema in Eastern Europe3
CMPL 282Russian Literature in World Cinema3
CMPL 375New Wave Cinema: Its Sources and Its Legacies3
CMPL 382Film and Nature3
CMPL 420Film, Photography, and the Digital Image3
CMPL 463Cinema and Surrealism3
CMPL 494The Essay Film: Adventures in Modern Cinema since 19453
COMM 230Audio/Video/Film Production and Writing3
COMM/WGST 345Gender and Film3
COMM 412Critical Theory3
COMM 431Advanced Audio Production3
COMM 452Film Noir3
COMM 534Aesthetic and Technical Considerations in Making Short Videos3
COMM 546History of Film I, 1895 to 19453
COMM 547History of Film II, 1945 to Present3
COMM 550American Independent Cinema3
COMM 551Hitchcock and the Sign3
COMM 635Documentary Production3
COMM 647Advanced Projects in Media Production3
COMM 653Experimental Video3
COMM 654Motion Graphics, Special Effects, and Compositing3
COMM 681Contemporary Film Theory3
COMM 682History of the Moving Image: Pasts, Presents, Futures3
COMM 683Moving-Image Avant-Gardes and Experimentalism3
ENGL 143Film and Culture3
ENGL 244Queer Cinema3
ENGL 251Film Performance and Stardom3
ENGL 255Introduction to Media Studies3
ENGL 323American Cinema of the 1970s: New Hollywood and Beyond3
ENGL 324Creating the Video Essay3
ENGL 380Topics In Film History H3
ENGL 381Literature and Cinema3
ENGL 389Major Film Directors3
ENGL 399Cinema and the Museum3
ENGL 410Documentary Film H3
ENGL 494Research Methods in Film Studies3
ENGL 680Film Theory3
ENGL 681Topics in Contemporary Film and Media H3
FREN 386French New Wave Cinema3
FREN 388History of French Cinema I: 1895-19503
FREN 389History of French Cinema II: 1950 to the Present3
GERM 265Hitler in Hollywood: Cinematic Representations of Nazi Germany3
GERM 266Weimar Cinema3
GERM 267Contemporary German and Austrian Cinema3
GERM/CMPL/WGST 271Women in German Cinema3
GERM 272History of German Cinema3
GERM/PWAD 283Freedom, Terror, and Identity: Modern Philosophy from Kant to Arendt3
GSLL 283Hungarian Cinema since World War II3
HIST 302Movies Make History: Films as Primary Sources in Europe and America H3
ITAL 333Italian Film and Culture3
ITAL 335Themes in Italian Film3
ITAL 340Italian America in Literature and Film3
PORT 388Portuguese, Brazilian, and African Identity in Film3
SPAN 361Hispanic Film3

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

See the program page here for special opportunities.