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2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Film Studies, B.A.

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The major in film studies provides liberal arts students with the history, theory, and production techniques of film and prepares the professionally minded student with the knowledge and experience necessary to continue to study in graduate school.

Learning Objectives

  • To provide liberal arts students with the history, theory, and production techniques of film, including screenwriting, animation, documentary, narrative filmmaking, and film scoring;
  • to prepare the student for employment upon graduation; and
  • to prepare the student for graduate-level study in such areas as screenwriting, postproduction, and film scoring.

Tulsa Curriculum Requirements (53 hours)

General Curriculum (25 hours)****

  • Block I Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience (6 hours)
  • Block II Historical and Social Interpretation (12 hours)
  • Block III Scientific Investigation (7 hours including one lab)


*AS 1001  is required for freshmen matriculating at TU immediately after graduating from high school.

**AS 2001  is required for sophomores.

***Language requirement may vary depending upon placement.

****No more than two courses from any one discipline may be used to fulfill General Curriculum requirements. Two courses must be taken which meet the Cultural Diversity and Gender Studies requirement.

Some students may be required to take ENGL 1004 Introduction to College Writing  and MATH 1053 College Algebra .

Film Studies Major Requirements (33 hours)

Required Courses (6 hours)

Students begin with two required courses in the history and theory of film:

Senior Project

In the senior year, film studies majors enroll in FLM 4973 Advanced Film and Video Seminar  and spend a semester completing a project that may be a short film (narrative, documentary, animated), screenplay, or scholarly study. This course fulfills the Tulsa Curriculum Senior Project requirement.

Electives (27 hours)

Film studies majors must then take a minimum of nine courses from the following list of electives. At least two of these nine courses, one in the second term of first year, must be in production at the level to be determined by consultation with the film studies advisor. A total of seven of these nine courses must be at the 3000-level or above. The entire schedule - with a particular emphasis on a subfield such as production, screenwriting, recording/scoring, and/or film theory/history - will be determined by the student in consultation with a film studies advisor.

Minor (12-15 hours)

Film studies majors may minor in a variety of fields.  A Film Scoring Minor  is available. Students may emphasize screenwriting in the Creative Writing Minor  by selecting FLM 2633 , FLM 3063 , FLM 3143 , and FLM 4143  as electives.

General Electives (23-26 hours)

Total: 124 hours

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