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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
 
  Apr 23, 2021
 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Film and Media Studies, BA


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In the Spring of 2018, the Film Studies BA was renamed to Film and Media Studies BA. Students who were enrolled prior to the Spring 2018 term have the option to stay Film Studies majors or change to the Film and Media Studies major. They will have until the end of the Fall 2017 term to choose to complete the program under the current name. Students who choose to complete their program under the current name must do so by Summer 2020 term. There are no program requirement changes. The Film and Media Studies major requires the completion of 36 credits in either the Critical Studies or the Production track, distributed as follows.

Film studies courses fall into three categories:

  • National Cinemas or Film
  • Themes, Genres, or Theory
  • Production

Critical Studies track requirements


Two National Cinemas or Film courses


Students must take two courses from the National Cinemas or Film course category listed below.

Two Themes, Genres, or Theory courses


Students must take two courses from the Themes, Genres, or Theory category listed below.

Four elective courses


Students must select four courses from the three categories below:

  1. National Cinemas or Film
  2. Themes, Genres, or Theory
  3. Production

Production track requirements


Additional Rules and Requirements


ENGFLM 0530 and ENGFLM 0540: The Film and Media Studies program recommends that students complete ENGFLM 0530 - FILM ANALYSIS  and ENGFLM 0540 - WORLD FILM HISTORY  or their equivalents prior to taking any 1000-level film courses.

1000-level courses: At least five courses that count toward the major must be taken at the 1000-level.

Production courses: No more than five production courses may be counted toward the major (Standard track). Additional production courses may be taken to meet the minimum credit requirement for graduation.

Grade requirements: A minimum GPA of 2.0 in departmental courses is required for graduation.

Satisfactory/No Credit option: No more than three courses that count toward the major can be taken on an S/NC basis.

Internship: Only one 3-credit film internship can be counted toward the major.

Writing (W) requirement: Students must complete at least one W-course in the major.

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