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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 24, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

Film and Media Studies, MA

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In the Spring of 2018, the Film Studies, MA was renamed to Film and Media Studies, MA. Students who were enrolled prior to the Spring 2018 term have the option to stay Film Studies masters or change to the Film and Media Studies master. 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.

Requirements for the MA

General Requirements: The Terminal MA in Film and Media Studies degree will be granted only to those students who have been admitted to the PhD in Film and Media Studies but are subsequently unable to finish the program. The terminal MA provides this group of students the possibility of a terminal degree that acknowledges their time of study. A total of 30 credits are needed, including the three core courses in Film and Media Studies and five electives in film studies.

Master’s Research Paper: The Master’s paper is required for a terminal MA in Film. This project can be based on a paper prepared for a Film and Media Studies class. It should be between 6,000-8,000 words following MLA format. One Film and Media Studies faculty member will supervise the paper (most likely the instructor for the class in which the paper was written). Two other film faculty members including the student’s AOC Department faculty advisor and one other film faculty member will serve as readers. All three must approve the paper for it to fulfill the Film and Media Studies Terminal Master’s paper requirement. To pass, a paper should coherently present original research on a topic or issue relevant to the contemporary study of time-based media and/or their histories, incorporating primary research in a cogent, scholarly fashion.

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