Requirements for a Major or Minor in Film Studies
Additional information about courses needed to fulfill major and minor requirements can be found using the "Film Studies Courses" link to the left.Course Catalog
Requirements for a major
|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:
|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||The Film Studies program strives to teach majors how to write from a range of perspectives, including theoretically, critically, historically, and creatively. As an interdisciplinary program, Film Studies recognizes that these writing skills are broadly applicable across multiple disciplines and methodologies. Each of these perspectives, however, requires an understanding of specific vocabulary and terminology and 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. Students 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 creative writing.
The writing in the major requirement for Film Studies can be satisfied either through FILM 300, Film Theory & Criticism, or FILM 3XX, Writing About Film. These courses promote improvement in students' writing though a variety of methods including peer reviews, sequenced assignments, and multiple drafts and/or writing conferences. Students will be expected to revise written work in response to feedback received from peers and their instructor. Majors are required to pass at least one of the writing in the major courses with a grade of C (2.0) or above to fulfill the primary writing in the major requirement. 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. Most students will fulfill this part of the writing in the major requirement through successful completion of the senior capstone in the program.
Requirements for a minor
|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:
|Number 300 and 400 level courses||1|