BGSU’s multifaceted film program, first established in the 1970s, is now one of the most comprehensive in the country. The Film Studies major gives students a foundation in film history, aesthetics, and methods of analysis that illuminate global and cultural perspectives. Students in this major develop expertise in analyzing individual films, contemporary culture, and the film and media industry.
Internships and Careers
The Theatre and Film Department offers several student employment opportunities to qualified undergraduates. These positions are hired on a competitive basis, with students submitting applications and letters of recommendation, and completing an audition or interview. WBGU, our nationally recognized PBS affiliate, offers a range of internship opportunities.
Film Studies majors are active participants in all aspects of film culture on campus. Some students review movies for the campus newspaper, while others help faculty coordinate the International Film Series. Film Studies majors also participate in research panels presented at the Annual BGSU Film and Media Festival. The BGSU Film Appreciation Club, University Film Organization (UFO) and BG Reel are student organizations that coordinate film competitions, screenings and workshops on campus.
Go Far in your career
- Casting Agent
- Entertainment Lawyer
- Film Archivist/Researcher
- Film Critic
- Film Festival Organizer
- Film Preservationist
- Talent Manager
Average Starting Salary & BGSU Placement Rate
$36,309* — BGSU Film Studies graduates average starting salary
80.95% of BGSU Film Studies graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation
(BGSU data compiled from students who completed the related questions on the graduation survey.)
The Film Studies major is open to all students admitted to BGSU. Students must have good writing and communication skills, and should acquire knowledge about film and media from different time periods and different countries.
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Film Studies will be able to:
- Critically evaluate film as an aesthetic form and cultural text.
- Evaluate the social, economic, and technological factors that shape films from different historical periods, gender and ethnic perspectives, domestic and international cultural contexts.
- Make aesthetic judgment through interpretation and critical thinking about fiction and nonfiction film, experimental and mainstream cinema, feature and short form narratives.
- Demonstrate a sense of professionalism through creative and intellectual independence.
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012-2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.
Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Film Studies program does not lead to professional licensure.
* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.