The film studies major prepares students to participate in a world increasingly shaped by moving pictures. The major is founded on the principle that the study of cinema and the artistic production of motion pictures complement one another, and all film studies majors perform substantial work in both areas. Through courses that offer a foundation for understanding cinema—and its relation to culture, history, technology and aesthetics—the film studies major teaches students to create and analyze moving images, to produce research, and to make art.
Academic Gateway Requirements for the Film Studies Major:
Upon completing FST 200 , a student may apply to become a film studies (FST) major. The Film Studies Department accepts a limited number of students each semester. Admission to the major is based solely upon a student’s grade in FST 200 . For purposes of admission to the FST major, the department only credits students’ first or second grade in FST 200 (i.e., students may repeat the course once, including graded audits).
Students seeking to major in film studies before completing FST 200 may declare a pre-film studies (PFST) major.
Students seeking an internship course in film studies must have a minimum of 12 hours in previous film studies courses, junior or senior standing, and an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or better. To enroll in an internship course, students must submit an application to receive permission from the chair of the Department of Film Studies.
A student in film studies must complete all requirements for the major with an overall 2.00 GPA or better.