Jun 30, 2022  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 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 Course (3 hours)

Electives (30 hours)

Film studies majors must take a minimum of ten courses from the following list of electives. At least two courses, including one in the second term of the first year, must be in production. Seven of the 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.

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 and does not count as part of the major.

Minor (12-15 hours)

Film studies majors may minor in a variety of fields. Courses in the minor cannot count toward the major.

Students may emphasize scripting/screenwriting in the creative writing minor  by selecting a minimum of four courses from the following list:

A minor in film scoring  is also available.

General Electives (23-26 hours)

Total: 124 hours