• B.A. in Film Studies
Dodge College of Film & Media Arts

B.A. in Film Studies

» Explore film history, theory and criticism in depth

The B.A. in Film Studies program offers a comprehensive study of film from a historical and critical perspective. You will explore historical, critical and theoretical aspects of cinema, engaging with global and diverse filmmakers to consider inclusive perspectives on the art of the moving-image. You learn about:

  • Film history, developing your awareness and knowledge of filmmaking practices, industries and critical film movements of Hollywood and World Cinemas
  • Film genres, such as film noir, the melodrama, the musical, horror, and comedy
  • Diversity within cinema, how social and cultural contexts impact film production and reception (including East Asian Cinema, Black Cinema, European Cinema, Australian, Latin American, French, and Mexican-American Cinema)
  • Film analysis using classical and contemporary theories that examine sensory film experience

This program provides you with the foundation to enter the industry as a critic, reviewer, archivist, and also provides you with the skill set to continue on to graduate school in Film Studies, Film Production or any other area within the film and media discipline. Dodge College offers an Integrated Undergrad-M.A. Film Studies degree enabling students to graduate with an M.A. in Film Studies in five years as opposed to six.

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You'll Study

Not only will you learn how the language of film has developed over time, you’ll gain an understanding of how film has been and is understood in different historical and cultural contexts. Along with a broad liberal arts education, you’ll study:

  • Film genres, such as film noir, the Western, the musical, horror and comedy
  • International cinema, including Asian, British, French, Mexican and German
  • Important filmmakers like John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese
  • Film analysis using classical theories developed by both formalists and realists
  • Filmmaking practices, critical film movements, and the cultural impact of cinema
  • The relationship of films to the issues of class, gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity as well as cultural and national identities

Learning Outcomes

  • Write well-structured, thesis-driven papers, by identifying core concepts, theories and histories of film and media, applying relevant scholarly sources, in a clear writing style, to formulate and support a critical argument.
  • Compare and differentiate between global filmmakers, film aesthetics, and film industries in international cinema.
  • Evaluate and analyze historical and theoretical perspectives relevant to film and media, such as genre, form, spectatorship and narrative.
  • Produce research papers that demonstrate sophisticated evaluation of film and media scholarship, using specific disciplinary terminology relative to film and media aesthetics, criticism, and history.

Degree Requirements

Students pursuing the B.A. in Film Studies are required to:

  • Earn an overall GPA of 2.000 for all required major courses.
  • Complete all courses in the major for a letter grade, except for independent internships.
  • Pass courses in the major with a "C-" or higher.
  • Complete a minimum of 21 credits from upper division courses in the major.
  • Complete the capstone requirement FS 498.

Core Requirements (36 credits)

Six Electives (18 credits)

Electives include all courses offered by the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. (minimum of two upper-division courses)

Total Credits: 54


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Integrated Undergrad-M.A. in Film Studies

Get a head start on your M.A. in Film Studies by enrolling in graduate courses and graduate with your M.A. in Film Studies in just five years.

Learn more about the Integrated Undergrad-M.A. in Film Studies