Film Studies

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Internships and Requirements

What classes do I need to take?

The Film Concentration in the Communications Major within the Department of Communications, Theatre, and Art focuses on Film Studies including analyzing the history of cinema in relation to art, industry, and culture.  Students are required to take core courses in Communication supplemented by a range of courses in Film Studies. 

Film Studies Schema

Communications major with Film Studies concentration

Those students who have an interest in studying film may concentrate their electives in the Communications major entirely on film. This concentration is compromised of film theory and criticism courses rather than film production courses. Students who complete this major and concentration will not only have grounding in general communication theory and media analysis, but also an area of specialization in film theory and criticism.

The Communications major with Film Studies concentration requires 46 credits (22 core credits and an additional 24 concentration credits). The 22 core credits include: ENG 2105 (B- required), CTA 1114, 2240 or approved study-abroad experience, 3445, 4414, and 4445. Additionally the major requires 24 concentration credits that include: CTA 2201, 2301, 2514, 3301, 4220, and a thesis project CTA 4599. A minimum grade of "C" must be maintained in all required classes. A minor in another area is required.

Admission to the Communications major with Film Studies concentration

Students need to apply to the Communications major with Film Studies concentration after completing 8 CTA credit hours but before completing 24 credit hours of CTA courses and have completed ENG 2105 with a grade of B- or higher. Application should be made in the sophomore year; students less than one calendar year from graduation will not be admitted. Students apply to the major by writing a brief essay, completing the application to the major/change of major form with a current unofficial transcript attached, and being interviewed by departmental faculty. The department will admit students who perform well in the interview, write an excellent essay, exhibit appropriate behavior for a future professional and who conform to the deadline.

Film Studies concentration outcomes

  1. The Film Studies concentration prepares students to create messages that are appropriate for a specific audience in a variety of settings or media on a variety of topics.
  2. The Film Studies concentration prepares students to create and critique persuasive arguments.
  3. The Film Studies concentration prepares students to fulfill personal and career goals by being able to recognize, analyze, and work to resolve legal, ethical, and social issues related to professional practice.
  4. The Film Studies concentration prepares students to interpret the rhetorical situation and respond accordingly in the exchange (be a good communicator).
  5. Students who complete the film studies concentration would have an additional Communications Literacy component in regard to understanding the history and development of film as an art form, primary theories of film aesthetics, and the capability to intellectually critique a film.

Internships and Requirements

Although an internship isn't required, credit will be given for those interested in a pursing one. Each internship runs between 4 and 16 credits. The film concentration of the comm major requires a major research project/thesis that is individually overseen by a faculty member.