Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Roadmap
120 Total Units Required
Minimum number of units in the Major: 45
To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet LLD and SF State Studies requirements (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) within your GE.
ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.
Depending on courses completed through Early Start, students in Pathway/Category 3 or 4 may be required to enroll in a support course to complement their Quantitative Reasoning/B4 requirement. There are multiple course options for this pathway. Before enrolling in a B4 course, students should verify their MATH Pathway/Category in their Student Center. Information regarding the courses that correspond with your MATH Pathway/Category can be found on the Developmental Studies Office Website.
Bachelor of Arts students must complete at least twelve units of complementary studies outside of the primary prefix for the major. (Note: Students may not use an alternate prefix that is cross-listed with the primary prefix for the major.)
Students who complete two majors or a major and a minor automatically complete the complementary studies requirement.
Cinema majors will be offered several pathways toward completing this requirement, each of which is designed to facilitate graduation in a timely manner. Majors may, with the approval of a Cinema advisor, elect to apply 12 units in a single foreign language of their choosing, courses taken in an approved study abroad program (e.g., CSU Study Abroad), courses taken as part of a second major, a minor or a certificate, and courses in related disciplines. Related disciplines typically include: anthropology, art, business, creative writing, design, journalism, literature, music, philosophy, television, and theater. The School of Cinema allows up to 12 upper-division units from cinema-related disciplines to count toward the major. Where upper-division complementary studies courses are related to cinema, they may, with the approval of a School advisor, also be counted as cinema electives in fulfillment of major requirements.
Students who have earned AA-T or AS-T degrees and are pursuing a similar B.A. degree at SF State are required to fulfill the Complementary Studies requirement as defined by the major department. Students should consult with a major advisor about how transfer units and/or SF State units can best be applied to this requirement to ensure degree completion within 60 units.
Consider taking a class combined with a laboratory or a separate lab to fulfill B3 if not already satisfied.
GWAR Course – Select One
CINE 302GW Arab Cinema - GWAR (3 units)
CINE 303GW Writing About Cinema - GWAR (3 units)
CINE 318GW Art and Film - GWAR (3 units)
CINE 343GW Perspectives on Documentary Film - GWAR (3 units)
CINE 350GW The Art of Short Film - GWAR (3 units)
Elect additional cinema courses to complete the total of 45 units required for the major:
Upper Division Courses
CINE 304 Gender and Film (3 units)
CINE 305 Film and the Holocaust (3 units)
CINE 306 Chinese Documentary Film (3 units)
CINE 308 Third Cinema (3 units)
CINE 317 Art and Film (3 units)
CINE 309 Latina/o/x Cinema (3 units)
CINE 331 Hollywood Representation of Race and Ethnicity (3 units)
CINE 332 Understanding the Representation and Narration of Sexuality in Cinema (3 units)
CINE 342 Documentary Film (3 units)
CINE 344 Film Genre (3 units)
CINE 345 Auteur Cinema (3 units)
CINE 373 Film and Society (3 units)
CINE 540 Issues in Film Theory (3 units)
CINE 541 Race, Sex, and Identity Online (3 units)
CINE 572 Film Theory (3 units)
CINE 598 Senior Critical Studies Seminar (3 units)