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The Media School

Minor in Cinema and Media Studies (Minors)

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 requirements CNMDASTMIN

For more than a century, cinema and other moving image and sound media have been central aspects of everyday life, providing pleasure, offering career opportunities, delivering art, entertainment, and information that represents and constructs values, attitudes, fears, and aspirations. The minor in Cinema and Media Studies enables students to become more experienced in interpreting a range of media texts and conducting archival research. The curriculum also provides a fuller sense of the historical, technological, political, and cultural contexts of film, broadcast media, and digital media.


The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Introductory Electives. Two (2) courses:
    • MSCH-C 211 Screening Gender and Sexuality
    • MSCH-C 212 Screening Race and Ethnicity
    • MSCH-C 215 History of Videogames
    • MSCH-C 241 Watching Film
    • MSCH-C 247 Screen Cultures
    • MSCH-C 249 Media Technologies and Culture
  2. Critical Studies. One (1) course:
    • MSCH-D 413 Global Screen Cultures
    • MSCH-F 326 Authorship in the Media
    • MSCH-F 375 Race, Gender, and Representation
    • MSCH-F 377 Cinemas of the Black Diaspora
    • MSCH-F 392 Media Genres
    • MSCH-F 415 Contemporary Filmmakers
  3. Media Technologies and Culture. One (1) course:
    • MSCH-D 337 Digital Media
    • MSCH-M 411 Media Industries and Cultural Production
    • MSCH-T 410 Media Theory
  4. Historical Studies of Cinema and Media. One (1) course:
    • MSCH-F 311 History of Media and Culture
    • MSCH-F 380 Hollywood I: The First Fifty Years, 1895-1945
    • MSCH-F 381 Hollywood II: 1945 to the Present
    • MSCH-F 398 National and Transnational Cinemas
    • MSCH-F 420 Topics in Media History
  5. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Minor Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    3. Minor Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Minor Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken--as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent--except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (JOURBAJ)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Media (MEDIABA)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinematic Arts (CINEARTBFA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Game Design (GAMEDSGNBS)
  • Minor in Film Production (FILMPRDMIN)
  • [Discontinued credential name unavailable] (NMISTACRT)

Exceptions to and substitutions for minor requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.