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aaaaand it’s that time of year again


This may be a completely dumb question but, I am currently in my first year at UTSG and am deciding on what I want to major and minor in. I know for sure that I want to major in english and minor in literary studies but I am currently stuck on what to pick for my second minor. I wanted to do film studies but I haven’t taken the introduction to film studies this year and I heard that you can’t apply to be in film studies unless you have taken the intro course first. But, my question was if this is true or not and if I am able to apply for film studies and take the intro class in my second year. I have a back up plan to choose book & media studies as my second minor if film doesn’t work out. But, I was also wondering (this may sound really stupid so sorry!) if we apply for our programs at the end of our first year or the end of second year and when we are to apply. Also, one final question, can I apply for my major and then three minors in case one is difficult to get into and I don’t get into one (because film & book and media studies are more difficult). For example, if i apply for my major as english and then my minors as literary studies, film studies, and book & media studies, and if i get into all then I just pick the two minors I want the most.

Sorry if this was really long and makes no literal sense!


hello n welcome!

i don’t believe in dumb questions. i’ll answer anything. your confusion is valid, the school’s system can be difficult to navigate and that’s why i’m on here, running this world-class (lmao i wish) blog.

so i’ve looked it up, but i can’t find any mention of… literary studies at u of t? so for the purposes of this post, i’m just gonna assume you mean literature and critical theory, or what i really wanna call lit&crit. if i’m wrong and literary studies is an actual program, feel free to correct me with as much salt as you’d like.

according to the cinema studies minor page it is true that yeah, you need the intro class CIN105Y1 in order to get into the program. you’ll need at last a 70 percent in the course to be competitive for admission. if your heart is set on studying the art of the silver screen, then what i’d recommend you do is register for the course in your second year and try to apply for the minor at the end of next year. you won’t be able to register and then take the intro course, as they require a final mark in that class to let you in.

that’s a good transition into your next question, about when to apply for programs. technically, you’re allowed to apply for a program at the end of your first year. this program request period has already started, and the dates vary by program type. you can check them all out here, which i would recommend doing just so you know what your deadlines are. however, there’s nothing stopping you from engaging in this program request period in later years, as well.

the only thing you really should know is that once you hit your second year (complete 4.0 FCEs), you’re required to be enrolled in programs or else you’ll be blocked from course registration. 

for your last question, how it works is that you can apply to multiple programs as long as they’re not all type 1 programs. i’m not sure how familiar you are with the system, so i can give you a quick rundown of the program types. type 1 programs have no restrictions on enrolment. as soon as you request the program, you’re automatically added to it– english and lit&crit are both type 1. type 2 programs generally require a specific grade threshold in a specific course to be met– for example, a 70 percent in CIN105Y1. type 3 programs essentially add extra requirements, like auditions and essays, on top of what a type 2 asks.

at the end of the day, you can only be enrolled in 3 subject POSts at once. that’s why you can’t pick four type 1s, but you can request two type 1s and two type 2s. if you did get admitted to both the type 2 programs you requested, you’d only be able to accept one in addition to your two other programs.

if that’s too confusing, just know that in your case, theoretically you would be able to request that combo of programs (eng, cin, lit&crit, book and media). however, as you haven’t taken the cin intro course, i guess it’s not as relevant? 

what you can do if you don’t get into book and media is request a placeholder minor. this is any type 1 minor that you can easily drop at the end of the year, and replace with something you like more– like cin, if you take the intro course!

hopefully this was helpful to you! in other words, i really hope i didn’t just make your head spin even more with the long post. comments section is open for complaints if i did. i know it’s tough juggling all that comes with march (wrapping up midterms! quickly approaching finals! tackling assignments like you’re putting out lil fires!) on top of figuring out how the HECK programs work.

all the best,




back in my day, it was a lecture

I want to take the Cin105 course but the practical course conflicts with one of my courses 🙁 is it ok to skip the practical ? Is the practical just screening of the movies which I can watch on my own time? Or is that too risky to have a course at the same time of the practical ?



the practical section of the course is the screening of the movies. basically, in CIN105, you go to one hour’s worth of lecture, 3 hours’ worth of screenings (though usually not that long, as most movies aren’t 3 hours long), and then an hour’s worth of tutorial. all three sections are very important to the course. in fact, when i took the course, the screening was important enough to be designated as a lecture section. and it probably wasn’t a good idea to skip lecture.

according to the faculty of arts and science’s timetable, there are two practical sections that you could pick between. are they both conflicting with your course? if not, i highly suggest that you attend the practical- it’s incredibly risky to miss the screenings. sure, you can do whatever the heck you want and sure, you can find some of the movies online, but i personally don’t think the risk is worth it. the exams and assignments in the course are mostly based around these movies. if you skip the screening, you might not have another chance to watch the film; it might be really hard to find online, you might find yourself bogged down by too much coursework to set aside time to watch it, etc etc.

i think it’s best for you to try your hardest to make it to the practical. it just isn’t worth skipping.

i hope this helps! get after it, you cinephile!




i’m minoring in CINicism


I’m about to begin my second year at UTSG, hoping to major in English and minor in Cin and History. I didn’t take CIN105 during my first year, but I will be taking it this upcoming school year, along with a 0.5 FCE 2nd level course towards the program. I was hoping that the 2nd year foundations course would be available during the summer and I did my research to find out that unfortunately it wasn’t available this previous summer, which most probably means that it wont be available during the 2017 summer term. Right? I’ve tried emailing the Cinema Studies Inst. about this but no one has gotten back to me yet. They probably won’t get back to me at all.

Anyway, so on to the actual questions.

So, on the Cinema Studies Undergrad and Program Admissions page, under ‘Minor Program’ it says:

“Entry requirements: A final mark of no less than 70% in CIN105Y1 or CIN201Y1 and three additional FCEs.

4.0 FCEs, at least 3.0 FCEs of which must have a CIN designator

CIN105Y1 – Introduction to Film Study

CIN201Y1 – Film Cultures I

Two additional full-course equivalents from Groups A through G (see below for list of courses). of which 1.0 FCE must be at the 300+level.

Students must complete CIN105Y1, CIN201Y1 and CIN301Y1 before taking any fourth-year courses.”

I’m pretty sure it’s just me haha, maybe because I ain’t the brightest bulb in the box when it comes to reading about and understanding any of U of T’s program stuff, but does this mean that since CIN105 and CIN201 are required, that I will only be left with taking 2.0 FCEs to get the minor degree? Also what about CIN301? Doesn’t that mean that the 1.0 FCE in the 300-level is fulfilled as well if CIN301 is taken? So does that mean in reality, I only have to take an additional 1.0 FCE to complete the degree requirement? Please do tell me if I’m wrong, if I’m completely delusional, and that trying to fix the mess that is my u of t life ain’t as easy as that.

Also, is it possible to take CIN301 and a fourth year course at the same time even if it says all those foundation courses have to be completed before taking one? Do I even have to take a fourth year course?

Thank you! Hoping to hear from you soon!



wow, this was a lot to take in. okay, let me try to break this down.

in regards to your first question: course offerings are pretty random; it really varies with every year. a good rule of thumb is to not expect a course to be offered until it’s actually announced. in the past, there have been courses that i have planned to take, only to discover that they weren’t offered when i wanted to take them. i would try emailing the cinema studies department again if you’re really worried.

now for the meat of your question… don’t worry if you’re confused about the cinema studies minor description- it’s not worded in the best way!

my face when looking at it:


behold: a step by step guide to a cinema studies minor!

basically, you have 4.0 FCE’s to fulfil. with me so far? great.

you need to take CIN105 and CIN201. these are both Y courses which means they will fulfil 2.0 of your 4.0 FCE’s. cool.

for the remainder 2.0 FCE’s, you need 1.0 FCE that are courses that start with CIN. the reason why this requirement exists is because in group G courses, there are courses that have the indicator EAS, HIS, GER, SLA, FIN, etc. which you can also take.

1.0 FCE out of the remainder 2.0 have to be at the 300 or 400 level. still with me?

however, if you want to take a class at the 400 level, you have to first take CIN301. (keep in mind you don’t have to take a 400 level class)

that’s pretty much all you need to know! i really hope this answered all of your questions!




sneaking into cinema studies

how hard would it be to enrol in the cinema studies major in your second year if you didn’t take the introductory course in your first year?



Seeing as the Cinema Studies major requires the intro course from first-year, I’m going to say it’d be pretty damn hard to enroll. As in not possible.

Likewise, that first year course is a prerequisite for a looooot of upper year Cinema Studies courses soooo if you’re serious about the program, it’d be best to take it soon. You CAN, however, in the mean time / at the same time take some of the CIN courses that don’t require CIN105Y/INI115Y like CIN210H Horror Film or CIN211H Science Fiction Film.




how to be in cinema studies without actually being in cinema studies


I’m a first year student who initially wanted to major in English, but with some sass on ROSI’s end and courses that filled up quicker than expected, I stumbled into a second year film course that didn’t require Introduction to Film as a prerequisite. I’ve decided that by the end of first year, I’ll want to declare a double major in English and Film, but without the Introduction to Film Studies course, is it still possible? By the end of the winter session, I’ll have 1.5 credits in Cinema Studies, having taken Sex and Cinema, Horror Film and Action and Spectacle.

Is there an email I have to write to someone important with a well-worded plea to give me what I want or will all go smoothly on ROSI come April?




Unfortunately, I had a chat with my Cinema Studies person and she was pretty clear that without Intro to Film Studies, it won’t be possible to get into the program. Even more daunting, you need at least a 70 from that class.

Now for your specific situation, what you CAN do is enrol in the specialist program for English this coming April as a bit of place-holder of sorts for your Subject POSts since you won’t be allowed to enrol in courses without one. Then of course you can take INI115Y in your second year. At the same time, you can take other cross-listed courses that’ll contribute to that major’s requirements. These ones are offered by different departments but still count and are usually quite easy to get into. So for example you can take FIN250H Finish Cinema and/or GER261H History of Yiddish Cinema — both of which come with no tricky prerequisites!

What this means is that while you won’t be in the Cinema Studies program, you’ll still be taking courses that’ll contribute to it!

Also, tip: maybe take INI228H The Business of Film next year if you haven’t fulfilled your group 5 breadth requirement? Because it doesn’t require INI115Y, it seems to be a bit of a neccessity for the program, and it’s a Cinema Studies course.




a semester at st. george


I’m looking at going on exchange in the fall session/semester next year and I am trying to figure out what subjects I can do and how many subjects I can do. I am majoring in History with a minor in Screen and Cultural Studies, and I have looked at the sites for History and Cinema studies, but I am still not sure how it all works. How many FCE’s is each subject worth and can I do 200 and 300 level subjects (I will be in my 2nd year when I go on exchange)? Any help will be greatly appreciated!!!



Hey there,

An FCE is a full credit equivalent made of 1.0 course. So a course that lasts for a full year (two semesters) is worth 1.0 FCEs, whereas a course that is just one semester is worth 0.5 FCE. So if you’re staying here for one semester, you can take up to 2.5 FCE, meaning you’ll take a maximum of five courses in the fall session.

Now with the History courses, a good number of the 200-level ones don’t have any requirements, but the 300-levels either have prerequisites or recommend some sort of preparation. With Cinema Studies, on the other hand, you’ll only be able to take the 200-level courses. But you’ll definitely have a decent selection of courses to pick from for both programs, so don’t worry.



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