The cinema studies minor is open to students in any field who are interested in the study of cinema history, culture and aesthetics, but who are too busy to pursue the full major. Students who pursue the cinema studies minor have the opportunity to develop their interest by acquiring critical and comparative skills and understanding the place and importance of cinema as a cultural and social phenomenon. Students in the minor have access to lower- and upper-division courses on film history, aesthetics, criticism, social and historical contexts, classical genres, and groundbreaking directors from the U.S. and abroad, acquiring an edge in visual analysis, critical thinking and media literacy.


Declaration of a minor is open to any student enrolled at CU Boulder, regardless of college or school. To obtain the cinema studies minor, students must declare a minor in cinema studies. Additional requirements:

  • Students are allowed to apply no more than 9 credit hours, including 6 upper-division credit hours, of transfer work toward a minor.
  • All coursework applied to the minor must be completed with a grade of C- or better (no pass/fail work may be applied). The GPA for all coursework taken in the minor department must be equal to 2.00 (C) or higher.
  • Complete 19 credit hours of cinema studies coursework, including 12 credit hours at the upper-division level, as listed below.

Required Courses and Credits

Required Courses
CINE 1502Introduction to Cinema Studies3
CINE 3051Film History 14
or CINE 3061 Film History 2
Note: Both CINE 3051 and 3061 may be taken, but one will count as an elective.
Complete 12 credit hours from elective courses in the Cinema Studies Program. 9 credit hours of the elective courses must be at the upper-division (3000-4000) level.
Total Credit Hours19