• 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.  In this program you will:

  • 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, reception, 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.

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. 

+ - 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

  • Analyze a film and/or films in relation to style and narrative using film language terminology and differentiate significant film periods, movements, and genres in a final written assignment (exam and/or paper).
  • Differentiate significant contexts, periods and film movements within world film history and to apply stylistic film analyses to historical research of global cinemas in a final written assignment (exam and/or paper).
  • Apply various theoretical approaches in order to analyze specific films, genres, movements, and styles in a final written assignment (exam and/or paper).
  • Use critical writing skills to produce film analysis and/or historical research papers on individually chosen topics

+ - Degree Requirements

core requirements (36 credits)

FTV 130

Introduction to Visual Storytelling


FTV 140

Introduction to Film Aesthetics


FS 241

Film Analysis


FS 244*

History of Film to 1959


FS 245**

History of Film 1960–Present


TWP 246

History of Television


FS 342

Film Genre Studies


FS 443

Advanced Topics in World Cinema


FS 444

Advanced Topics in Film Studies


FS 445*

Film Theory and Criticism


FS 455**

The Practices of Writing about Film


FS 498

Film Studies Advanced Senior Seminar


six electives (minimum of two upper–division courses)

Electives include all courses offered by the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.


total credits



Program Learning Outcomes and Educational Effectiveness Evaluation Plans for B.A. in Film Studies.

*offered fall semester only

**offered spring semester only

+ - Faculty

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Emily Carman

Kelli Fuery

Nam Lee

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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.

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