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Humanities & Teacher Education

Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies

The Film Studies major offers a series of interdisciplinary courses concerning the history, theory, aesthetics, and production of cinema. The major is designed for those students who plan to pursue an advanced degree in the discipline or certain professional careers. The critical reading and writing skills developed in the major can be useful for a broad range of career paths.

The major consists of 43 to 45 units.

Core Courses

Course IDCourse NameUnits
Required Courses (15 units):
FILM 111/311 A Social Science Perspective on Film 1
FILM 200 Introduction to Film Studies (RM, PS) 4
FILM 300 Film Theory and Criticism (WI) 4
FILM 301 The History of American Cinema 4
FILM 480 Senior Project in Film Studies 2

A maximum of one upper-division course can satisfy a requirement in the major or minor as well as a general education requirement.

 

Film and Media Studies Emphasis

Course IDCourse NameUnits
Choose five courses from the following (20 units):
FILM 315 The Film as Art (GE) 4
FILM 365 Japanese and Asian Film (GE) 4
FILM 411 A Social Science Perspective on Film 4
FILM 421 Topics in Film Studies* 4
FILM 431 African American Cinema 4
FILM 441 Women and Film 4
FILM 451 Religion and Film 4
FILM 462 Italian Cinema from Neo-Realism to the Present 4
*May be repeated once when topics vary
Choose two courses from the following (8 units):
COM 506 Media Worldwide 4
COM 512 Media Impact and U.S. Minorities 4
FILM 210 Introduction to Screen and Television Writing 4
FILM 250 Film Production and Editing 4
FILM 410 Advanced Writing for Screen and Television 4
Students should take either FILM 200 or FILM 111/311 before taking the 400-level courses.

 

Film and Digital Media Production Emphasis

Course IDCourse NameUnits
Required courses in addition to the core course in the major (14-16 units):
FILM 250 Film Production and Editing 4
FILM 320 Producing and Directing 4
FILM 325 Cinematography 4
FILM 595 Film Studies Internship 2-4
Choose one of the following courses (4 units):
FILM 470 Narrative Filmmaking: Theory and Practice 4
FILM 560 Documentary Filmmaking: Theory and Practice 4
Choose three courses from the following (12 units):
FILM 210 Introduction to Screen and Television Writing 4
FILM 315 The Film as Art (GE) 4
FILM 365 Japanese and Asian Film (GE) 4
FILM 410 Advanced Writing for Screen and Television 4
FILM 411 A Social Science Perspective on Film 4
FILM 421 Topics in Film Studies* 4
FILM 431 African American Cinema 4
FILM 441 Women and Film 4
FILM 451 Religion and Film 4
FILM 462 Italian Cinema from Neo-Realism to the Present 4
*May be repeated once when topics vary