The film studies minor offers students the opportunity to gain an informed understanding of the sophisticated medium of film, its language and history. Courses cover critical writing about cinema, creative screenwriting, the evolution of Hollywood movies, international cinema, and film in its cultural context. The film studies minor makes a valuable complement to a range of undergraduate majors. 

General Requirements 

Students must complete a total of 15 hours for the film studies minor. None of the required 15 hours may be taken pass/fail. Only courses completed with a grade of C- (1.7) or better may be counted toward the minor. A minimum of nine hours must be taken with CU Denver faculty. Students are strongly advised to take ENGL 2250, Introduction to Film, before taking other film courses. Students are also advised to fulfill the liberal arts and sciences core curriculum writing requirements before enrolling in upper-division topics in film courses. No more than two online film studies courses can be counted toward the minor.

I. Required Courses: (9 credit hours)

  • ENGL 2250    Introduction to Film 
  • ENGL 3070    Studies in Film History* 
  • ENGL 3080    Global Cinema* 

II. Elective Courses: (6 credit hours) Choose 2 courses.

  • ENGL 2415    Introduction to Movie Writing
  • ENGL 2450    Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 3070    Studies in Film History*
  • ENGL 3080    Global Cinema* 
  • ENGL 3075    Film Genres*
  • ENGL 3085    Film Directors*
  • ENGL 3200    From Literature to Film
  • ENGL 3300-3324 Topics in Film*
  • ENGL 4190   Advanced Topics in Writing and Digital Studies (Film focused only)
  • ENGL 4420    Film Theory and Criticism - Prerequisite:  ENGL 3070 or ENGL 3080
  • ENGL 4771    Topics in English:  Film* 

*Repeatable if a different topic, genre, or director.

15 Hours to Complete Minor