Bachelor of Arts in Film - Specialization in Film Studies

Film Major, Bachelor of Arts (39 hours), plus a required minor

Required courses are as follows for either Film Production OR Film Studies:

27 hours of credits

3 hours _____ THFM 1610 Introduction to Film
3 hours _____ THFM 1710 Applied Aesthetics for the Moving Image
3 hours _____ THFM 1910 Script Analysis
3 hours _____ THFM 2620 History of Film
1 hour   _____ THFM 2720 Mid-Major Portfolio Review
3 hours _____ THFM 3650 Culture and The Moving Image
3 hours _____ THFM 3930 Film Production: From Concept to Distribution
1 hour   _____ THFM 4880  Theatre and Film Studio Experiences  or  THFM 4890 Internships in Theatre and Film
1 hour   _____ THFM 4920 Senior Portfolio Review
3 hours _____ Elective in film studies (world cinema) ____________________
3 hours _____ Elective in film studies ________________________________

Must also take 12 hours of electives in film studies:

3 hours ______________
3 hours ______________
3 hours ______________
3 hours ______________

NOTE: Core curriculum electives must be different from specialization electives.

Electives in Film Studies include:

A & S 4700 Independent Study – International Film Series (world cinema)
CAST 3050 Canadian Film (world cinema)
ENG 2000 Literature and Film
ENG 2850 Writing About Films
ENG 3850 Studies in Literature-Film
ENG 4850Topics in Film Theory
ETHN 2300 The Native American in Film (world cinema)
ETHN 3400 Afro-American Cinematic Experience (world cinema)
ETHN 4600 Third World Cinema (world cinema)
FREN 4440 French Film (world cinema)
GERM 4150 The German Film (world cinema)
ITAL 2610 The Italian Cinema (world cinema)
PHIL 2360 Philosophy of Film
POPC 2500 Introduction to Popular Film
POPC 3500 Advanced Studies in Popular Film
ROCS 2000 European and Latin American Cinema (world cinema)
RUSN 4150 Russian Film (world cinema)
TCOM 2700 Topics in Minorities and Film/Video (world cinema)
TCOM 4660 Television and Film Criticism
THFM 2750 Arts Management I
THFM 2900 Studies in Theatre or Film (world cinema)
THFM 3020 Performance Studies II
THFM 3480 Theatre History and Literature 1700-Present
THFM 3500 Milestones in Black Theatre
THFM 3520 Musical Theatre
THFM 3750 Arts Management II
THFM 3950 Workshop on Current Topics
THFM 4420 Screenwriting
THFM 4490 Contemporary Issues in Theatre
THFM 4600 Period, Style, and Form
THFM 4680 Animated Films
THFM 4850 Topics in film, Theatre and Performance Studies
THFM 4900 Problems in Theatre or Film


The electives that are available to a Film major should be able to provide a good foundation in film history, aesthetics, production, and methods of analysis that illuminate global and cultural perspectives. 

Film Majors meet with advisors in the Department of Theatre and Film to:

  • select electives in the core requirements and their emphasis area
  • choose a minor in another field that best contributes to their program of study
  • determine protocols for internship (1 hour)
  • develop the skills, network, and portfolio to be a successful scholarship candidate.

Film majors are required to have a minor (20 hours). Students meet with advisors in the Department of Theatre and Film to select a minor. Minors useful for film majors include: Africana Studies, American Culture Studies, Art (B.A. program), Art History, Arts Management, Canadian Studies, Communication, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Electronic and Computer Technology, English, Entrepreneurship, Ethnic Studies, General Studies in Business, History, International Business, Journalism, Latino/Latina Studies, Marketing, Music, Political Science, Popular Culture, Recording Technology,, Telecommunications, Theatre, Women's Studies, or any  minor in foreign language.