Edwin Weihe, PhD, Director of Film Studies
Cinema is the most important and popular new art form developed in the 20th century and it has had a profound effect on modern culture. The bachelor of arts in film studies gives students a disciplinary knowledge of this art form – its history, aesthetics, craft, genres, and great directors – and it situates film in its international context with studies of national cinemas all over the world. Students especially interested in filmmaking can study screenwriting and film production, and complete off-campus film projects and internships in the regional film community and through study abroad.
Sharing a commitment to critical thinking and writing skills development, the film studies program works interdepartmentally with other humanities and social science disciplines and programs that approach film as cultural text. Therefore, students can experience film study as an interdisciplinary activity with an interdisciplinary faculty, and, if they choose, coordinate a major or minor in Film Studies with a second major or minor in another discipline. Film studies also addresses transdisciplinary questions respecting visual literacy, our image-saturated culture, the history of racial and gender stereotyping in film, and the medium’s role in promoting social justice and global citizenship. Finally, in the larger learning environment of a Film Art Series, film workshops and exhibitions, film festivals, and a vibrant regional film community, students will discover additional resources that will help prepare them for graduate film study and careers in a diverse and challenging industry.
In order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in film studies, students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter credits, with a cumulative and a major/program grade point average of 2.00, including the following:
I. Core Curriculum Requirements:
II. College of Arts and Sciences Requirements:
- Modern Language 115, 125, 135, or equivalent 15
All students with a major in the College of Arts and Sciences must demonstrate competency through the level of 135 in a language other than English. This competency is ordinarily achieved by successful completion of the three-course sequence: 115, 125, and 135. Because these courses are a college requirement, no course in the sequence may be taken on a pass/fail, correspondence, or audit basis. Placement into other than the beginning course of the sequence is achieved by acceptable performance on the Modern Language Competency Examination. See the Modern Languages Department for details on the examinations. Courses used to satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences modern language requirement may not be used to fulfill film studies major requirements.
Choose one of the following two courses: (5)
III. Major Requirements:
55 credits in film studies, including:
Film Genre Elective, choose one:
Visual Storytelling Elective, choose one:
International Cinema Elective, choose one:
Special Topics Elective, choose one:
1. See course codes for courses that satisfy the Genre, Visual Storytelling, International, and Special Topics requirements. 2. A required course may not be used to satisfy two requirements simultaneously. 3. Courses used to satisfy major or college requirements may not simultaneously fulfill core requirements.
Recommended Course of Study for Majors in Film Studies: