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.
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.
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.
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.