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2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 23, 2024
2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Film and Media Studies, PhD

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