Courses Required for the A.B. Degree in Film Studies

Course Title Credit Hours
FILM 4250 History of Cinema I (prereq. FILM 2120) 3
FILM 4260 History of Cinema II (prereq. FILM 2120) 3
FILM 5900 Film Theory (prereq. FILM 4250 or 4260)  
Major Electives. Choose 6 Courses from List Below   18

CMLT 4210

Literature and Cinema

CMLT 4220

East Asian Cinema

CMLT 4230

African Cinema (prereq. ENGL 1030, 1101, or 1102)

FILM 4600

Women and Film (prereq. FILM 2120)

FILM 4620

Genre Cinema (prereq. FILM 2120)

FILM 4640

Latin American Film and Media

FILM 4650

French Film History (prereq. FILM 2120)

FILM 4660

History of Animation (prereq. FILM 2120)

FILM 4670

Film, Technology, and Style (prereq. FILM 2120)

FILM 4680

Intro to Digital Video Production (permission of department)

FILM 5481

Special Topics in Cinema (prereq. FILM 2120)

FILM 5640

Directing for Cinema

FILM 5700

Internship in Film/Media

GRMN 3300

Introduction to German Cinema [in English]

GRMN 3820

German Film (prereq. GRMN 3001 or 3010 or 3070)

HIST 4750

History and Film

ITAL 4040

Italian Cinema, Culture, and Literature

RUSS 3300

Introduction to Russian Cinema

SPAN 4081

Spanish Film (prereq. SPAN 3030)

SPAN 4082

Latin American Film (prereq. SPAN 3030)

THEA 3020

Basic Dramatic Writing

THEA 3700

Design for Film/TV

THEA 4000

Dramatic Writing I (prereq. THEA 3020)

THEA 5620

Dramatic Writing II (prereq. THEA4000)

THEA 5810

Computer Animation for Dramatic Media I

THEA 5820

Computer Animation for Dramatic Media II

THEA 5830

Computer Animation for Dramatic Media III





Area VI Requirements

If any of the courses in Area VI have been used to satisfy Areas II-V of the Core Curriculum, general electives may be taken here. Refer to College-wide requirements when selecting general electives.

Notes about the A.B. Degree in Film Studies

  • Film Studies Majors are encouraged to pursue a Minor in a foreign language, English, Comparative Literature, History, Art History, or Mass Communication, or a certificate in New Media Studies.
  • Undergraduates, with careful planning, may carry a double major by judicious arrangement of electives and required general education courses. Students interested in a double major should be advised in both major departments.
  • Students may double major in Theatre and Film studies, and are allowed to count up to, but no more than, 6 credit hours (typically 2 courses) toward both majors. Students interested in such a double major should also note that the area VI requirements differ slightly between the majors, and they are responsible for satisfying both sets of requirements.

In place of graduation checks, students now apply to graduate. They can do this up to two semesters ahead; for example, in spring, they can apply for fall. This triggers the graduation advising office to check to see if they have missing requirements or are on track. 

Students can also check in with Dina Canup in 203-A if they are over 90 credit hours but not yet able to apply to graduate, for an unofficial pre-check (especially regarding issues with how transfer credits are showing up, area 6, or departmental requirements) in addition to meeting with their departmental advisor (this should never replace meeting with their departmental advisor each semester). In some cases, Dina may refer students to the graduation advisor for an e-grad check if it seems useful, though it will not be necessary in most cases.

Students should apply to graduate as soon as they are able so that they can make any schedule adjustments that seem prudent.