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:


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), Prof. Doug Weatherford (douglas_weatherford@byu.edu). Description: Final course taken by International Cinema Studies minors.

ENGL 345 Literature and Film (3 credits), Prof. Dennis Cutchins. Description: Emphasis on film as an interpretation of texts. Includes International Cinema. Taught in English.

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.

IHUM 490R/ICS 490R Comedy and Satire (3 credits), Prof. Kerry Soper. Description: Course examines the history of comedy and satire in American culture, with a heavy emphasis on understanding how they work in the mediums of film and television.

PHIL 214 Introductino to the Philosophy of Art (3 credits), Prof. Travis Anderson. Description: The experience of beauty in nature, in literature, and in the arts. Taught in English.

RUSS 343 Russian Cinema (3 credits, Prof. Raissa Solovieva). Developing comprehension and speaking skills through Masterpieces of Russian Film. Taught in Russian.

SPAN 438 Hispanic Cinema (3 credits, Prof. Doug Weatherford). Introduction to the study of film from Spain and Spanish America. Prior experience with film studies is useful, but not required. Taught in Spanish.


CHIN 342 Chinese Film in Translation (3 credits), Prof. Steve Riep. Description: Survey course covering the silent era to the present, including selections from Republican China, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Taught in English.

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.

Program Coordinator: Professor Douglas J Weatherford


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Program Co-Coordinator Marc Yamada


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