Film Studies Major

Film Studies adopts a critical, theoretical, and historical approach to the analysis of individual films and to the study of cinema from the silent era to the contemporary period. Courses analyze film as a medium that employs specific formal strategies that shape meaning and they investigate wider debates about cinema as a cultural form and as an industrial and institutional practice. A number of courses also investigate various national cinemas focusing on the history, industrial organization, and cultural implications of cinema in specific national contexts. Film Studies may be combined with a range of other majors; and students are encouraged to integrate production-oriented courses and programs with Film Studies.


A major in Film Studies requires the successful completion of ten Film Studies courses, seven of which should be at the 3000 level or above. All students working toward the major will be required to take Communication 3150 (Film Analysis) and Communication 4860 (Film Theory) and one upper-level capstone course. The capstone course should be taken during the last semester of the junior year or either semester of the senior year and should be selected from designated capstone option courses. (Please note that some special topics courses may also be designated as capstone option; students should consult the Schedule of Classes). For capstone credit in Film Studies, students should enroll in FMST 5110 along with the selected capstone course. Electives may be selected from the list below. In the case of topics courses (which are indicated with an asterisk), only film topics will be considered and approval of the Film Studies Director is required. Additional film courses not listed below may be included with approval of the Director.

Additional information on the Film Studies program can be found at Film Studies


Required Courses

Elective Courses

Note(s):

For descriptions of course content see appropriate department listings. For courses followed by an asterisk, film topics only are included.