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2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  Dec 08, 2021
 
2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Film Studies, PhD


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Requirements for the PhD


General Requirements. The PhD requires 72 credits. All Film Studies PhD students will be required to fulfill the requirements of their Associated Department as well as the Film Studies requirements. PhD students must take the three core courses in Film Studies, as well as four elective film studies courses. Language and teaching requirements are determined by Associated Departments, but Film Studies students will be required to serve as TA/TF for at least one film class.

Comprehensive Exam. The Comprehensive Exam will be taken in the student’s Associated Department. While the exam structure will differ from department to department, in all cases:

  • one component (or more) of the exam will focus on Film Studies
  • a second component of the exam will focus on the departmental field (including its relation to cinema)
  • at least one member of the exam committee in the student’s Associated Department will be a
    member of the graduate faculty in Film Studies.

The Dissertation. The dissertation will be completed in the Associated Department and must involve film and/or media studies as subject matter incorporated with the student’s Area of Concentration (as determined by the dissertation director). The chair of the dissertation committee will be a graduate faculty member in the student’s Associated Department who is also member of the interdisciplinary Film Studies graduate faculty. The external member of the committee will be a member of the Film Studies graduate faculty from outside the Associated Department.

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