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Film and Media Studies

This degree combines three disciplines (film history, culture and theory, and production) into a coherent course of study to meet career and educational goals. Students will have the opportunity to study, theorize, and produce film and other media, gaining experience writing critically about aesthetics, culture, and history; deploying philosophical and critical-theoretical lenses on culturally-produced film and media texts; and learning and utilizing emerging digital tools to compose, produce, and edit their own aesthetic and cultural texts. They will graduate with greatly enhanced critical thinking, viewing, and writing skills, as well as with hands-on experience with valuable technological tools for creation of digital texts and objects—skills immediately transferable to countless careers or further education.


Curriculum

The minimum number of semester credit hours for this degree is 120, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level.

Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 hours

Students seeking a B.A. degree in the Film and Media Studies path of Multidisciplinary Studies must fulfill the university core curriculum requirements. 

Degree Requirements: 78 hours

Students seeking a B.A. in the Film and Media Studies path of Multidisciplinary Studies must fulfill the following 78 semester credit hours.

Multidisciplinary Studies Foundation Courses: 6 semester credit hours

  • Technology Requirement: IS 1403 or CS 1033 (3 semester credit hours)
  • Communication Requirement: COM 1043, COM 1053, COM 2113, or ENG 2413 (3 hrs)

Multidisciplinary Studies Fields of Study: 39 semester credit hours

All candidates for this degree must complete three areas of focus. Courses selected to satisfy each area must be approved by the Film Studies Program Director, the Multidisciplinary Studies Program Coordinator, and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Furthermore, the courses used to satisfy each focus area must be completed with at least a 2.0 grade point average.

BA-MDST Film and Media Studies

FALL   SPRING
FIRST YEAR
AIS 1203 or 1223 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship 3   MDS 2013 Intro to Multidisc Studies 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Comp I 3   CORE Language, Philosophy and Culture Core 3
POL 1013 Government-Political Science Core 3   Focus Area 1 Focus Area 1 selection 3
CORE Creative Arts Core 3   POL1133 or 1213 Government-Political Science Core 3
CORE Mathematics Core 3   WRC 1023 Freshman Comp II 3
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   15
SECOND YEAR
CORE American History Core 3   Focus Area 1 Focus Area 1 selection 3
CORE Social and Behavioral Sciences Core 3   Focus Area 1 Focus Area 1 selection 3
CORE Component Area Option 3   Focus Area 2 Focus Area 2 selection 3
CORE Life & Physical Sciences Core 3   Focus Area 2 Focus Area 2 selection 3
Focus Area 1 Focus Area 1 selection 3   CORE Life & Physical Sciences Core 3
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   15
THIRD YEAR
Focus Area 1 Focus Area 1 selection 3   Focus Area 2 Focus Area 2 selection 3
Focus Area 2 Focus Area 2 selection 3   Focus Area 3 Focus Area 3 selection 3
Focus Area 3 Focus Area 3 selection 3   Free Free Elective selection 3
Tech. Requirement CS 1033: Microcomputer Applications 3   Free Free Elective selection 3
CORE American History Core 3   Comm. Requirement COM 1043, 1053, 2113, or ENG 2413 3
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   15
FOURTH YEAR
Focus Area 3 Focus Area 3 selection 3   Focus Area 3 Focus Area 3 selection 3
Free Free Elective selection 3   Free Free Elective selection 3
Free Free Elective selection 3   Free Free Elective selection 3
Free Free Elective selection 3   HUM 4813 Internship or other Free Elective selection 3
HUM 4813 Internship or other Free Elective selection 3   MDS 4983 Seminar for Multidisc. Studies 3
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   15

Focus Area 1 - Film History

Course Number  Title  Prerequisite C- or better
ANT 2113 Anthropology Goes to the Moves  
ANT 4243 Ethnographic Film  
CSH 1213 Topics in World Cultures (when film topic)  
CSH 2113 The Foreign Film  
CSH 3823 Advanced Topics in World Cultures (when film topic)  
ENG 2023 Literature and Film  
HIS 3803 World History in the Cinema  
HUM 2053 History of Film  
HUM 3103 American Film  
HUM 3203 Film Genres  
HUM 3303 Major Filmmaker  
HUM 3333 Medicine and Film  
HUM 3343 Antiquity on Film  
HUM 3403 Literature into Film  
MES 3113 Film Studies  
MUS 2743 Music and Film  

Focus Area 2 - Culture and Theory

Course Number  Title  Prerequisite C- or better
AMS 2043 Approaches to American Culture
AMS 3243 Studies in Transnationalism
AMS 3343 Studies in Race and Ethnicity
AMS 3443 Studies in Gender and Sexuality
ANT 3803 Media, Power, and Public Culture
COM 2343 Introduction to Mass Communication
COM 2733 Introduction to Digital Communication
ENG 3393 Literary Theories
ENG 4393 Feminist Theory of Literature
HUM 3173 Digital Humanities
HUM 3313 Gender, Sexuality, & Film
HUM 3323 Race, Ethnicity, & Film
HUM 3703 Topics in Popular Culture
HUM 4953 Special Studies in Humanities (when film topic)
POL 3743 Politics in Film
SOC 3423 Mass Media in Society

Focus Area 3 - Production

Course Number  Title  Prerequisite C- or better
ART 1023 Digital Art Foundations
ART 2223 New Media: Basic
ART 2313 Photography: Basic
ART 3513 Photography: Intermediate
ART 4033 Studio Art Problems
ART 4313 New Media
ENG 4433 Advanced Professional Writing
HUM 2043 Basics of Screenwriting
HUM 4013 Screenwriting Workshop
MES 3333 Digital Video Production
MES 4333 Digital Video Practicum
MUS 4433 Multimedia Production

Other courses that include a focus on film or media may be proposed as substitutions in satisfying focus area requirements.

Introduction to Multidisciplinary Studies: 3 semester hours

All candidates for this degree must complete MDS 2013: Introduction to Multidisciplinary Studies.

Seminar for Multidisciplinary Studies Majors: 3 semester hours

All candidates for this degree must complete HUM 4973 or MDS 4983: Senior Seminar for Multidisciplinary Studies (Film and Media Studies path)

Free Electives: 27 semester credit hours

All candidates for this degree must complete 27 semester hours of free electives, at least 12 of which must be at the upper-division level. Within these hours, students in the Film and Media Studies path are strongly encouraged to pursue a film/media internship (HUM 4811, 4812, or 4813).

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Film Studies Program Director Paul Ardoin

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Interdisciplinary Education Advising