International Cinema  (Certificate)

Movies provide powerful insight into diverse cultures and can help shape thinking. Exposure to world cinema is a key component in becoming a culturally literate and engaged citizen. See how a certificate in international cinema can give you a global perspective that will help you excel in personal and professional endeavors.

Program Description

The power of international cinema lies in its ability to underscore national differences and engage diverse viewpoints.

The certificate program in international cinema provides undergraduates with the means to explore and understand the role that international film plays in highlighting cultural diversity; reflecting the sociocultural, political and economic currents of the period and cultural setting depicted; and calling into question an accepted idea of the dominance of Hollywood film.

Following an integrated pathway through the variety of international film courses, the program explores facets of international film history and production not often covered by American programs in film studies. Students majoring in a second language can explore a particular culture's filmic heritage and traverse avenues for comparative analysis between the filmic heritage of two or more cultures. Students majoring in other areas can encounter visual narratives different from their own and connect international cinema to their own respective experiences.

Career Opportunities

Graduates who have combined the certificate in international cinema with their major program of study may be more marketable to employers. They often decide to pursue employment in education, tourism or the arts and humanities.

Contact Information

School of International Letters and Cultures | LL 440 | 480-965-6281

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Program Requirements

ASU students in sophomore standing or above with a GPA of at least 2.50 in any degree program are eligible for the international cinema certificate program. Admission to the certificate program is approved by the certificate coordinator in consultation with advisors.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Enrollment Requirements

The certificate requires 18 credit hours of upper-division coursework. A "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better is required in all upper-division course work.

Required Core Course -- 3 credit hours

Elective Courses (choose five) -- 15 credit hours

Additional upper-division elective courses may be approved by the coordinator of the certificate program.

Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Program Contact Information

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