Film Studies (FILM)

College of Arts and Sciences, Interdisciplinary Program

Chaudhury (ENGL); Ehrmantraut (MCL); Gregg (CoJo); Kachian (MUSC); Kroll (Director; MCL); Rey-Montejo (MCL); Sauter (CoJo)

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The Film Studies major is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with a solid foundation in film history and theory, plus training in skills related to film production. By completing this major, students will be able to understand the historical development of film language (camera work, acting, and editing) including film’s pre-history and relationship to photography and theatre; identify and analyze films from the major film traditions, movements, genres (narrative, documentary, and experimental-surreal), studios and directors; understand developments in world cinema, including expression, imagery and representations of nationhood, ethnicity, race, sex, gender, sexuality, social class, cultural values, religious values, political movements, etc; articulate and apply major film theories and critical approaches; understand the political and economic context of film, including the impact of distribution and circulation on the production and reception of film; and develop skills relevant to film production, such as writing, directing, acting, design, composition and the acquisition and editing of images and sound. 

Major in Film Studies

Students will complete 40 credits for the Film Studies major: 

Required:  

  • FILM 200 Introduction to Film Studies (4 credits) 
  • FILM 300 World Cinema (4 credits) 
  • FILM 335 Film Theory and Criticism (4 credits)  
  • FILM 350 Contemporary Issues in Film (4 credits) 

Plus eight credits in production/practice chosen from the following:

  • FILM 305 Screenwriting (4 credits) 
  • FILM 310 Filmmaking (4 credits) 
  • DIMA 240 Digital Imagery and Sound (4 credits) 
  • DIMA 262 Audio Production (4 credits) 
  • DIMA 360 Videography (4 credits) 
  • DIMA 460 Advanced Videography (4 credits) 
  • DIMA 480 Capstone: Digital Media for the Common Good (4 credits) 
  • MUSC 205 Advanced Studio Recording (4 credits)  
  • MUSP 110 Digital Music Lessons (1 credit) (with focus on film music) * 
  • MUSP 165 Music Composition (1 credit) (with focus on music for film) * 
  • THTR 214 Beginning Acting (4 credits) 
  • THTR 218 Acting for the Camera (4 credits) 

* May be taken for credit more than once. 

Plus sixteen additional credits from the production/practice courses listed in the section immediately above OR the film history and analysis courses listed below, or internship, experiential learning, or independent study as approved by FILM studies director. At least five courses taken for the Film Studies major must have the FILM prefix.At least five courses taken for the Film Studies major must be numbered 300 or higher.  

  • CLAS 225/ENGL 203 The Classical Hero, Epic, and Film (4 credits) 
  • COMM 332 Documentary in American Culture (4 credits) 
  • DIMA/JOUR 232 Visual Communication in Theory and Practice (4 credits) 
  • ENGL topics courses as appropriate and approved by FILM Studies. Examples of ENGL courses with recent or potential film studies topics: 
    • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature, Language, and Culture (Film) (4 credits) 
  • FILM 297 Topics (4 credits) 
  • FILM 298 Topics (4 credits) 
  • FREN 490 French Cinema (4 credits) 
  • MUSC 170 Music of Film (4 credits) 
  • SPAN 415 Hispanic Cinema Studies (4 credits) 

 

Minor in Film Studies

Students will complete 20 credits for the FILM minor:

  • FILM 200 Introduction to Film Studies (4 credits)
  • FILM 300 World Cinema (4 credits)

Plus four credits in film theory/history/criticism/analysis:

  • COMM 332 Documentary in American Culture (4 credits)
  • CLAS 225/ENGL 203 The Classical Hero, Epic, and Film (4 credits)
  • DIMA/JOUR 232 Visual Communication in Theory and Practice (4 credits) 
  • ENGL topics courses as appropriate and approved by FILM Studies. Examples of ENGL courses with recent or potential film studies topics:
    • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature, Language, and Culture (Film) (4 credits)
  • FILM 297 Topics (4 credits)
  • FILM 298 Topics (4 credits)
  • FILM 335 Film Theory and Criticism (4 credits) 
  • FILM 350 Contemporary Issues in Film (4 credits)
  • FREN 490 French Cinema (4 credits)
  • MUSC 170 Music of Film (4 credits)
  • SPAN 415 Hispanic Cinema Studies (4 credits)
  • THTR 214 Beginning Acting (4 credits) 
  • THTR 218 Acting for the Camera (4 credits) 

Plus four credits in production/practice

  • FILM 305 Screenwriting (4 credits) 
  • FILM 310 Filmmaking (4 credits)
  • DIMA 240 Digital Imagery and Sound (4 credits) 
  • DIMA 262 Audio Production (4 credits) 
  • DIMA 360 Videography (4 credits)  
  • DIMA 460 Advanced Videography (4 credits) 
  • DIMA 480 Capstone: Digital Media for the Common Good (4 credits) 
  • MUSC 205 Advanced Studio Recording (4 credits)  
  • MUSP 110 Digital Music Lessons (1 credit) (with focus on film music) * 
  • MUSP 165 Music Composition (1 credit) (with focus on music for film) * 
  • THTR 214 Beginning Acting (4 credits)
  • THTR 218 Acting for the Camera (4 credits)

* May be taken for credit more than once. 

Plus four additional credits from:

  • those listed above, internship, experiential learning, or independent study as approved by FILM studies director. At least two courses must be numbered 300 or higher. 
Course Number Title Credits
FILM  200 Introduction to Film Studies 4
FILM  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
FILM  295 Topics 2
FILM  296 Topics 2
FILM  297 Topics 4
FILM  298 Topics 4
FILM  300 World Cinema 4
FILM  305 Screenwriting 4
FILM  310 Filmmaking 4
FILM  335 Film Theory and Criticism 4
FILM  350 Current Issues in Film Studies 4
FILM  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
FILM  476 Experiential Learning 1 TO 4
FILM  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4