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Film Major and Minor

The film degree program examines film as one of the dominant art forms of our time, posing all of the moral, aesthetic, ideological, perceptual and epistemological questions important to a modern humanities education. Film majors will become acquainted with film's forms, techniques, significant movements, and criticism, and explore film as a cultural force—learning how films intersect with religion, politics, race, gender, values, and globalization.

Film Major (39-42 Units)

The film major consists of a broad range of courses related to the history, theory, social impact, and the production of cinema and digital media arts. Film students gain skills in critical analysis and writing that can be useful for a broad range of career paths in the arts industry and beyond. Students who choose the digital media production emphasis will receive hands-on, practical experience in production techniques preparing them for an immediate career in the cinematic arts.

Film Minor (20 Units)

Through interdisciplinary courses, our film studies minor introduces students to the history, theory, aesthetics, social impact, and production of cinema. 


What Humanities Division Grads Are Doing

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Why Pepperdine

Pepperdine Seaver College is consistently recognized among the top-ranked universities in California and the United States. We are a Christian university where students grow in knowledge and character. As a liberal arts institution, we focus on providing rich opportunities for intellectual and spiritual exploration for students with a diverse community.



Located in Malibu, CA


13:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio


80% of Students Participate in an International Program


120,000 + Alumni Network

Student Opportunities

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Our Location

The film program at Pepperdine enjoys a unique relationship with the Hollywood film community and industry professionals in the Malibu area. The program is a co-sponsor of the City of Angels Film Festival, which explores film's artistic, social, and spiritual import. Additionally, qualified majors have the opportunity to intern at one of Los Angeles' many television or film production companies.

Visiting Screen and Television Writers

With the development of our MFA in Writing for Screen and Television, we have brought celebrated screenwriters, directors, and actors to speak and teach courses at Pepperdine. These industry professionals have included:

  • Robert Altman: A Prairie Home Companion, Gosford Park
  • Dean Batali: That 70s Show
  • Amy Ephron: A Little Princess
  • Morgan Freeman: Dark Knight, Million Dollar Baby
  • Patricia Heaton: Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Lester Holt: NBC Nightly News, Today Show
  • Garry Marshall: Princess Diaries, Happy Days
  • Tom Shadyac: Bruce Almighty, Evan Almighty, Ace Ventura
  • Chuck Slocum: Writers Guild of America West
  • Dick Van Dyke: Dick Van Dyke Show, Diagnosis Murder
  • Randall Wallace: Braveheart, Man in the Iron Mask


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Humanities & Teacher Education Division
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
Office: CAC 300


Stella Erbes
Divisional Dean & Professor of Education

Genny Moore
Office Manager

Lee Jackson
Administrative Assistant