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2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Film Studies, B.A.

The 33-hour 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.


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


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.

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  or Creative Writing Certificate  by selecting FLM 2633 , FLM 3063 , FLM 3143 , and FLM 4143  as electives.