English B.A. - Film Studies

In Film Studies, students receive a thorough introduction to the many facets of moving image culture, including a background in film history, theory, and aesthetics. In this interdisciplinary program, students are exposed to a broad array of national and international films, as well as filmic translations of well-known works of literature. Students analyze film from a variety of theoretical perspectives and become critical viewers of what is now one of the most predominant forms of cultural representation. Film Studies currently offers a minor for those students who wish to learn more in this discipline without committing fully to the degree program.

Bachelor of Arts - English; Film Studies Concentration

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 49-63

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

Note: English majors with the concentration in Film Studies must earn 45-60 of their total credits in Department of English courses.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Foundational Courses6
Focus Courses6
Film Electives27
Upper-Division Writing Courses6
Modern & Classical Language Requirement4-18
Total Hours49-63

Foundational Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
FILM 103LIntroduction to Film3
FILM 271LFilm & Literature3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Focus Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
FILM 300History of Film3
FILM 447Film Theory3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Film Electives

Note: Special topics courses (FILM 191, FILM 291, FILM 391, FILM 491) have a repeatability of 6 credits for each level; e.g. although the course prefix and number may be the same, different course titles will count toward major requirements and graduation requirements for up to six credits at each course number level (6 credits of FILM 191, 6 credits of FILM 291, etc.).

FILM 327, FILM 381, FILM 481, FILM 484, and FILM 492 have a repeatability of 9 credits.

PHL 427 can count toward the Film Studies major when the topic specifically includes film.

Complete 27 credits of the following courses:27
Tchg Oral Lang & Media Lit
Special Topics
Special Topics
Russian Cinema and Culture
Film Genres
The French Cinema
Latin Amer Civ Thru Lit & Film
Studies in the Film
Special Topics
Documentary: Thry and Practice
Advanced Studies in Film
Film Directors
Special Topics
Independent Study
Intro to Media Arts
Surv African Cinema
Native Amer and Cinema
Topical Intro to Philosophy
Topics in Philosophy of Art
Total Hours27

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Writing Courses

Note: LIT 300 is open only to English majors who have completed the Pre-English curriculum and have declared a major option.LIT 300 is the pre-requisite for most other 300- and 400-level LIT courses, including FILM 320.

Complete all of the following courses:
FILM 320Shakespeare and Film3
LIT 300Literary Criticism3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Modern & Classical Language Requirement

Note: Students may either take four sequential semesters (101, 102, 201, 202) of a modern or classical language or exemplify proficiency through examination (available through the Modern and Classical Languages and Literature Department).

Complete the 202-level proficiency in either a modern or classical language other than English.4-18

Minimum Required Grade: C-