University of Mississippi

Requirements for Cinema Minor

Cinema is at the heart of a growing international, interdisciplinary interest in media studies. A minor in Cinema will give students the critical vocabulary and perspective with which to analyze motion pictures within larger artistic, cultural, historical, political, linguistic, and global contexts, as well as provide a greater understanding of and hands-on experience with cinema production, including screenwriting, acting, directing, producing, cinematography, and editing. Because of the variety of cinema content, analysis, technology, and distribution a Cinema minor would complement almost any major.

The Cinema minor is an interdisciplinary minor consisting of 18 credit hours, including 6 hours from the category of cinema production courses and 6 hours from the category of cinema studies courses. (Courses that meet each category can be found under Course Descriptions.) The remaining 6 hours are electives. No specific courses are required. Please keep in mind that courses that meet the Cinema minor requirements are offered by many departments across campus, and prerequisites are determined by each department.


  1. The same course may not satisfy requirements for both a major and a minor.
  2. Students who complete relevant internships, study abroad courses, or special topics courses will consult with the Cinema Director prior to enrollment in the course for approval and to determine the appropriate category for the course.



There are currently restrictions on many of the cinema production courses that previously were open to Cinema minors. This includes most courses with a THEA designation. In the near future, there will be alternative courses for which you can sign up. However, if you plan to graduate in fall, 2019, or spring, 2020, and taking a cinema production course is necessary for you to finish the minor, please contact Prof. Timothy Yenter as soon as possible to discuss the situation.


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