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The Film Studies Major and Minor

DePauw offers both a major and a minor in Film Studies. The major requires nine (9) courses in film, which compliment the other graduation requirements defined by the university, to fully engage students in the liberal arts model. The minor requires five (5) total courses in film. Specific requirements for the major and minor are listed below and aim to expose students to a variety of approaches to film study—from history to theory and criticism, cultures to topics, production to the final capstone senior project (for majors only), which enables students to focus on a scholarly or creative project of larger scope.


Film Studies Major Advising Worksheet

Film Studies Minor Advising Worksheet

Additional information about courses needed to fulfill major and minor requirements can be found using the "Film Studies Courses" link to the left.

Requirements for a major

Film Studies

Total courses required 9
Core courses FILM 100 (ENG 167), FILM 200 (COMM 237), FILM 430
Other required courses One additional course in each of the following areas:
  • Film theory, criticism, and history courses
  • Production or screenwriting courses
  • Topics courses in film cultures and traditions
Number 300 and 400 level courses 4 (including the Senior Project)
Senior requirement and capstone experience Successful completion of FILM 430.
Writing in the Major As an interdisciplinary program, Film Studies recognizes that writing skills are applicable across multiple disciplines and methodologies, and most require an understanding of specific vocabulary and terminology as well as the ability to summarize, synthesize, and analyze both primary and secondary sources. Students are expected to write in a style consistent with published scholarly and artistic work in the discipline, and will practice writing in several stylistic modes, which could include research papers, reviews of scholarly literature, statements of research methodology, prospectus and proposals, text analysis, and writing for the screen. The writing in the major course requirement for Film Studies can be satisfied either through FILM 300 (Film Theory & Criticism) or other 300-400-level courses approved by the program director, with a grade of C (2.0) or above. These courses promote improvement in students' writing though a variety of methods including peer reviews, sequenced assignments, and multiple drafts and/or writing conferences. Majors are also required to submit a substantial written project of original research or creative expression as part of their senior capstone experience, to fulfill the remainder of the writing in the major requirement.

Requirements for a minor

Film Studies

Total courses required 5
Core courses One course from either FILM 100 (ENG 167) or FILM 200 (COMM 237)
Other required courses One class from each of the following areas:
  • Film theory, criticism, and history courses
  • Production or screenwriting courses
  • Topics courses in film cultures and traditions
Number 300 and 400 level courses 1