Global Media Studies Minor

In order to declare the Global Media Studies minor, you MUST attend a declaration event (SACAPALOOZA) in either the fall or winter terms. These take place shortly after midterm time and prior to registration for the next term. Since there are no prerequisites to the Global Media Studies minor, students may attend SACAPALOOZA or declare at any time.


The Department of Screen Arts & Cultures offers the Global Media Studies Minor to students interested in the study of film and electronically based visual media as national, regional, and global phenomena. This course of study is intended to aid students in obtaining culturally specific as well as cross-cultural understanding of the global impact of moving image media. The minor contributes to an understanding of the unique qualities of textual expression derived from specific cultural and historical contexts as well as to effects of more globalized developments in media technology, narrative and stylistic forms. Students will have the opportunity to study specific cultural modes of media production and reception including, but not limited to the familiar U.S. cultural/industrial model. The coursework in this minor provides students with the opportunity to reflect on the expansive geographical scope and cultural diversity of film and moving image electronic media (television, single-camera video, digital).

Students Who May Be Interested In This Minor +

There are many students in LSA, especially in the humanities and social sciences, who may be interested in this minor. Students in the following majors may find this minor particularly compatible with their concentration study:

  • Those in Comparative Literature who are drawn to the study of film or electronic media
  • Those in History of Art who wish to study moving image forms in a coherent plan of study emphasizing the international dimension of those forms
  • Those in global language and literature departments with a particular interest in film and electronic media
  • Those in social science fields who are interested in international film and electronic moving image media as the subject of humanistic inquiry.

Requirements

The Global Media Studies minor consists of a minimum of 16 hours of credit. At least 16 credits (five courses) are to be chosen from the following three categories as stated below:

REQUIRED COURSES = Seven credit hours from the following:

SAC 236: The Art of the Film (4 credits) - SAC 236 is offered every fall and winter semester;

Plus one of the following 3-credit courses: SAC 352: Origins to the French New Wave or SAC 353: Post New Wave.

ELECTIVES, CATEGORY A : MOVING IMAGE MEDIA IN NATIONAL & REGIONAL CONTEXTS = Two courses totaling at least six hours are to be chosen from the following approved electives, with no more than one course centered on U.S. media or in a single, non-U.S. national cinema.

Minor Requirements: www.lsa.umich.edu/sac/minors.html

U.S. Media Electives

AC 351: Race and American Cinema

SAC 232/DAAS 232: Survey of African-American Cinema

SAC 325: New Line and New Hollywood Cinema

SAC 330/English 330: Major Directors

SAC 331/English 331: Film Genres and Types

SAC 334/AMCULT 334: Race & Digital Games 

SAC 354: New Media History

SAC 355: Television History 

SAC 365: Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary U.S. Television 

SAC 366: Topics in Film, Television, and Popular Culture 
(Different section topics of this course number fulfill different elective categories. Click here to see whether the topic for your class section fulfills this elective category or another category.) 

SAC 367: Introduction to Digital Media Studies

SAC 368: Topics in Digital Media Studies

SAC 451/AC 490: American Film Genres

SAC 455: Topics in Film Studies 
(Different section topics of this course number fulfill different elective categories. Click here to see whether the topic for your class section fulfills this elective category or another category.) 

SAC 460: Technology and the Moving Image

SAC 461: Feminist Film Theory

Non U.S. Media Electives

ALC 475: Japanese Cinema 

German 172: History of German Cinema 

German 331: Contemporary German Film 

SAC 232/AAS 232: Survey of African-American Cinema 

SAC 245/ALC 245: Anime 

SAC 313/Slavic 313: Russian and Ukrainian Cinema

SAC 314/Polish 314 Polish Cinema

SAC 315/Czech 315: Czech Cinema

SAC 332/German 330: German Cinema 

SAC 358/ITL 358: Italian Cinema

SAC 440/AAS 440: African Cinema

SAC 441: National Screens 
(May be repeated for a total of six credits. Different section topics of this course number fulfill different elective categories. Click here to see whether the topic for your class section fulfills this elective category or another category.)  

SAC 455: Topics in Film Studies 
(Different section topics of this course number fulfill different elective categories. Click here to see whether the topic for your class section fulfills this elective category or another category.) 

SAC 458/ASIAN 458: Korean Film Culture

Slavic 312/RC 312: Central European Cinema 

SP 420/AC 420: Latin American & Latino/a Film Studies 

Other Courses may be added in this category of offerings. Please consult with your SAC advisor.

ELECTIVES, CATEGORY B: COMPARATIVE MEDIA STUDIES = One course of at least three hours credit to be chosen from among the following approved electives:

PHIL 440: Philosophy of Film 

SAC 250/Judaic 250: Jewish Film

SAC 316: Screening Italian-Americans

SAC 320: Documentary Film

SAC 361/WS 361: Women and Film 

SAC 366: Topics in Film, Television, and Popular Culture 
(Different section topics of this course number fulfill different elective categories. Click here to see whether the topic for your class section fulfills this elective category or another category.) 

SAC 380/AC 380: Studies in Transnational Media 

SAC 381/AC 381: Latinos(as) in the Media

SAC 422: Topics in Avant-Garde Film 

SAC 442/AAS 442: Third World Cinema 

SAC 455: Topics in Film Studies 
(Different section topics of this course number fulfill different elective categories. Click here to see whether the topic for your class section fulfills this elective category or another category.) 

SAC 470/AAS 470: Cultural Issues in Cinema

SAC 475: Cultural Studies and Critical Theory in Film and Screen Media

SAC 485: Global Screen 
(Different section topics of this course number fulfill different elective categories. Click here to see whether the topic for your class section fulfills this elective category or another category.) 

Courses may be added to the SAC curriculum as an elective in this category. Please check with your SAC advisor.

The minor in Global Media Studies is not open to students with a major in Screen Arts & Cultures. Independent studies (SAC 499) may not be used toward the minor. Students may not use more than one course to satisfy the requirements of both a major and a minor. Students are prohibited in the Category A elective of this minor from taking more than one course grounded in any single national cinema. Students should take at least two of their elective courses at the 300 level or higher.

Students interested in the academic minor in Global Media Studies should develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with one of the SAC designated advisors. Advising appointments are scheduled online.