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Film Studies

Film studies involves more than the analysis of one of the youngest and most internationally popular forms of cultural expression today. It means examining how individual movies, particular genres and forms, and different regional and national film traditions reflect and influence the worlds of which they are a part., It means applying that knowledge in production classes that focus on every stage of the filmmaking process, developing skills and techniques to produce your own films, and working collaboratively on the films of your classmates. Ultimately, it means developing crucial skills in critical thinking and complex-problem solving, visual and textual analysis, project management and image production, and written and verbal communication that are vital for success in the majority of today’s careers.

The major consists of ten courses. Three core courses are required: the introduction to film studies, the introduction to film production, and a capstone research seminar to be taken in the senior year. The remaining courses are cross-listed or offered by departments such as art and art history, classical studies, English, journalism, Latin American and Iberian studies, modern literatures and cultures, and music. These courses have been divided into three groups (A, B, and C); students choose two courses each from groups A and B. Course groupings can be found here. This range of courses provides students with the opportunity to construct a program of study that is targeted to their particular interests.

New courses are continually being developed, so check the courses page and BannerWeb for the most up to date schedule of recent and upcoming courses.

Film Studies
Film Studies Major

The Film Studies Major

Note: A grade of C (2.0) or better is required in all coursework comprising the Film Studies major.

10 units, including,

FMST 201 Introduction to Film Studies
FMST 202 Introduction to Film Production
FMST 400 Research Seminar
2 Group A courses
2 Group B courses
Three additional courses from either Group A, B, or C
(The course groupings are listed under the major/minor courses tab.)

Note: No more than three courses can be taken at the 200-level or below without permission of the relevant professor and the film studies coordinator.

Film Studies Minor

The Film Studies Minor

Note: A grade of C (2.0) or higher is required in any course that is to count towards the minor.

6 units, including
FMST 201 Introduction to Film Studies
FMST 202 Introduction to Film Production
1 Group A course
1 Group B course
Two additional courses from either Group A, B, or C
(The course groupings are listed under the major/minor courses tab.)

Note: No more than three courses can be taken at the 200-level or below without permission of the relevant professor and the film studies coordinator.