Minor in International Cinema Studies

The minor in International Cinema Studies is for students who love visual media and want to develop skills in critical analysis, writing, and interpretation along with knowledge about cinema theory, history, and diverse cultures. The ICS minor is a great addition to a major in the Humanities for a media-oriented student as it allows for a deeper focus on cinema, media studies, and international contexts than most majors are able to support. It is also a great addition for majors from outside the college of Humanities who need their cinema fix and something to help them round out their education with course work that will make them better communicators, writers, and thinkers.

The complete up-to-date list of requirements for the ICS minor can be found in the university catalog.

For additional questions including information about how to sign up for the minor, contact program coordinator, Prof. Doug Weatherford (douglas_weatherford@byu.edu).

Program Requirements

Note: Fren 317 & Ital 317 are equivalent, as are Germ 217 & Scand 217. Any of these four courses could be used in either Requirement 1 or Requirement 2.

Requirement 3 (Complete 3.0 hours from the following courses)

Complete three credit hours total of the following: (Note: The two registrations MUST BE COMPLETED DURING TWO SEPARATE SEMESTERS/TERMS.)
REQUIREMENT 4 Complete 1 course

Requirement 5 (Complete 1 course)

Any 400-level course on a cinematic topic offered by a department in the College of Humanities may be used to fulfill the above requirement. See the advisement center.

Requirement 6 (Complete 1 course)

Upcoming Classes in International Cinema Studies Include:

NOTE: This list of courses does not include approved TMA offerings that might also be used to fulfill the ICS minor.

NOTE 2: See the university class schedule for more details.


ICS 290R  International Cinema (1.5 credits), Prof. Marc Olivier. Description: Students view films showing at the International Cinema and discuss them in a seminar setting.

ICS 390/IHUM 390R  Film and Media Theory (3 credits), Prof. Doug Cunningham. Description: Studying historical and contemporary film and media theory and applying it to the analysis of film and other visual media.

ICS  491  International Cinema Capstone (1 credit, contact instructor for add code), Doug Weatherford (douglas_weatherford@byu.edu). Description: Final course taken by International Cinema Studies minors.

FREN/ITAL 317  French and Italian Cinema (3 credits), Prof. Daryl Lee. Description: Background for understanding and appreciating the best of motion picture art in France and Italy. Taught in English; no knowledge of French or Italian required.

GWS 358/ICS 490R. Women and World Cinema (3 credits), Prof. Rob McFarland. Description: Students will watch films that inspire them to ask questions about the history of women’s film, cinematic representations of women, and the ways that the film camera creates a gendered reality.

RUSS 343  Masterpieces of Russian Film (3 credits), Prof. Raissa Solovieva. Description: Developing listening comprehension and speaking skills through discussing Russian films. Taught in Russian.

SPAN 457R/ICS 490R. Film Connections between Mexico and the United States (3 credits), Prof. Doug Weatherford. Description: An examination of Mexican and US filmmakers who cross the border to make movies in their neighboring country. Taught in Spanish.

SPAN 459R/ICS 490R. Narrating Mexico City in Film, Literature, and Other Mediums (3 credits), Prof. Brian Price. Taught in Spanish.

Program Coordinator:
Professor Douglas J. Weatherford

Co-Director BYU International Cinema, Professor of Hispanic Literature and Film, Spanish & Portuguese


Program Co-Coordinator,

Marc Olivier

Professor, French & Italian

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