Film Studies

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The major in Film Studies requires nine courses, with at least four at the 300- or 400- level. Further, no more than four courses cross-listed with any single department or program can count toward the major.

The requirements are:

1. Three core courses:

  • COM 240 Introduction to Film Analysis
  • FLM 201 Film History I: 1895-1950
  • FLM 202, 204 Film History II: 1950-Present

2. One Course in Production

  • COM 251 Fundamentals of Visual Communication
  • COM 351 Video Production
  • COM 467 Advanced Video Production
  • COM 367 Studio Workshop in Television and Film
  • ENG 364 Screenwriting Workshop
  • THR 355 On-Camera Acting

3. One course in national and regional cinemas:

  • ENG 263, 264 Post-War British Theatre and Film
  • FLM 325 French New Wave Cinema
  • FLM 328 Australian Cinema
  • FLM 330 New Asian Cinemas
  • FLM 332 Film Cultures of North Africa and the Middle East
  • FLM 334 Bollywood: Indian Popular Cinema
  • FLM 336 African American Cinema
  • GRM 316 German Cinema

4. One course in genres, forms, and movements:

  • COM 346 Exploratory Cinema
  • ENG 238, 239 Plays on Film
  • FLM 225 The Western Film
  • FLM 227 Melodrama
  • FLM 229 Travel and Cultural Encounters in Film
  • FLM 348 Cinema’s Altered States
  • FLM 354 Film Noir

5. Culminating Undergraduate Experience:

  • FLM 450 Film Studies Seminar

6. Two Electives:

  • The electives can come from any of the courses in the categories "Production," “National and Regional Cinemas” and “Genres, Forms, and Movements” or from the following courses. (Again, 4 courses for the major must be taken at the 300 or 400 level and no more than 4 courses from any single department or major [other than FLM] can be counted toward the film major).
  • Note: Production-oriented students should use all of their electives for production courses.

Additional elective courses:

  • COM 440 or 441 Film Theory & Criticism
  • ENG 207 Dramatic Writing
  • ENG 255 Literature & Film
  • ENG 321 or 322 Shakespeare Reproduced
  • FLM 250 Contemporary World Cinema
  • FLM 349 Film Reviewing
  • FLM 360 Major Filmmakers

Requirements for the Film Studies Minor

The minor in Film Studies consists of 6 courses, at least 2 of which must be at the 300 level or above. In addition,no more than 2 courses from any single department or major (other than FLM) can count toward the film minor.

1. Three core courses:

  • COM 240 Introduction to Film Analysis
  • FLM 201 Film History I: 1895-1950
  • FLM 202, 204 Film History II: 1950-Present

2. One course in national and regional cinemas:

  • ENG 263, 264 Post-War British Theatre and Film
  • FLM 325 French New Wave Cinema
  • FLM 328 Australian Cinema
  • FLM 330 New Asian Cinemas
  • FLM 332 Film Cultures of North Africa and the Middle East
  • FLM 334 Bollywood: Indian Popular Cinema
  • FLM 336 African American Cinema
  • GRM 316 German Cinema

3. One course in genres, forms, and movements:

  • COM 346 Exploratory Cinema
  • ENG 238, 239 Plays on Film
  • FLM 225 The Western Film
  • FLM 227 Melodrama
  • FLM 229 Travel and Cultural Encounters in Film
  • FLM 348 Cinema’s Altered States
  • FLM 354 Film Noir

4. One Elective (FLM 450 is recommended)
The electives can come from any of the courses in the categories “National and Regional Cinemas” and “Genres, Forms, and Movements” or from the additional electives listed above under major requirements.