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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Film Studies, BA

Kirsten Thompson, PhD, Director


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, technologies and theories - and it situates film in its international and transnational contexts with studies of national cinemas and international coproductions and crosscurrents. 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 historical, cultural and theoretical texts. 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 race, gender and sexuality in film, and the medium’s role in promoting social justice and global citizenship. Finally, in the larger learning environment of screenings, internships, film workshops, 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:

II. College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  • Modern Languages 1150, 1250, 1350, or equivalent (15)


All students with a major in the College of Arts and Sciences must demonstrate competency through the level of 1350 in a language other than English. This competency is ordinarily achieved by successful completion of the three-course sequence: 1150, 1250, and 1350. 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 and Cultures 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 major requirements.

III. Major Requirements:

65 credits in film studies, including:

Film Studies Electives

  • 20 credits One course from each category listed below: Film Genre, International Cinema, Visual Storytelling, Special Topics
  • 30 credits FILM 3100-4900 level courses, at least one of which must be at the 4000-level in addition to Film Theory


  1. See course codes in Film Course Descriptions  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.