Film Studies (B.A.)

An admissions moratorium is in effect for this program, effective Fall 2016.

The University offers two undergraduate degree programs related to film: the Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Film offered by the College of Fine, Performing, and Communications Arts, and the Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Film Studies as described below.

The English Department offers a program in film and media studies for students interested in the history and criticism of film and media. Courses are designed to give students knowledge and critical skills in film analysis, key concepts in film theory, the major directors, emerging trends in new media scholarship, and an understanding of cultural and historical factors in film and media production and reception.

Please contact the Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of English for further information.

Candidates must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the departmental major  requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.

Major Requirements

Students majoring in film studies must complete a minimum of thirty-four credits, distributed as follows:

Core Courses (Fourteen Credits)
ENG 2450/COM 2010(VP) Introduction to Film4
ENG 3150History of Film I: Beginnings to 19403
ENG 3160History of Film II: 1940-19603
or ENG 3170 History of Film III: 1960 to Present
ENG 5040Film Criticism and Theory4
ENG 5993(WI) Writing Intensive Course in English0
Elective Courses (Twenty Credits)
Select twenty elective credits of the following: 120
Time-Based Media I: Video Art
Time-Based Media II: Experimental Animation
The African-American Film Experience
African Americans in Television
Introduction to Audio-Television-Film Production
Studies in Film History (Max. 12)
Documentary and Non-Fiction Film and Television
(WI) Screenwriting (Max. 8)
Techniques of Film and Video Production
Film, Cinematography and Lighting
Topics in Media and Modern Culture (Max. 9)
Historical Topics in Film and Media (Max. 12)
Styles and Genres in Film (Max. 12)
Topics in Film and Media (Max. 12)
Directed Study in English (Max. 6 (with film studies focus))
German Film
Italian Cinema (Max. 9)
(VP) Hebrew/Israeli Film: Trends and Themes in Israeli Cinema
(VP) Polish and Yugoslavian Cinema
(VP) Russian and East European Film
Total Credits34
1

Electives should be selected in conjunction with the Departmental Undergraduate Advisor. Three elective classes must be taken at the 5000-level or above, and two out of these three must come from ENG 5020, ENG 5050, ENG 5060 or ENG 5070.