2017-2018 Catalog 
    May 23, 2018  
2017-2018 Catalog

Film Studies Major

The interdisciplinary Film Studies major will help you develop the knowledge and skills to become an adept analyst of film.

You will develop a thorough understanding of the evolution of film, a familiarity with the filmmaking process, and an appreciation for the cultural, political, economic, and aesthetic forces that shape film production. Approaching film from several academic perspectives, you will develop skills in critical thinking, analysis, writing, and communication that will help you prepare for careers in media, entertainment, the arts, public relations, and other fields, or for graduate training in film production.

Majors take film-related courses in at least four separate disciplines and can take courses such as screenwriting, Hispanic film and literature, video production, contemporary art.

Required Course

Required course: 1 unit

  • ENG 254 Introduction to Film

Major Requirements

10 units are required. In addition to ENG 254, which is required of all Film Studies majors, students must take at least 4 units from Group A and at least 1 unit from Group B. No more than 3 units from Group C may be applied to the major.


Group A

Group A: courses with a primary focus on film (minimum of 4 units)

Students may take a maximum of 2 film-focused Independent Studies (490), Directed Readings (491), or Apprenticeships (495) courses to fulfill this requirement.


  • CMLT 300 3   Cinemas of the Middle East
  • CMLT 321      East Asian Film
  • ENG 100 6      Narratives in Film and Television (.5 unit)
  • ENG 319         Screenwriting
  • ENG 300 x      Topics in Film (to be proposed)
  • FREN 300 1    French Language Film (PRE)
  • GERM 300 1   Landmarks Films of the German Language (PRE)
  • JOUR 300 5    Video Production
  • SOAN 365      Ethnographic and Documentary Film and Filmmaking
  • SPAN 190 5    Through the Spanish Lens: Contemporary Spanish Society and Culture Through                        Cinema

Group B

Group B: Courses with a significant focus on film or skills relevant to film (minimum of 1 unit)

  • ART 355         Photography I (PRE)
  • CMLT 100 1   Space and Place in Literature and Film
  • CMLT 200 1   Cosmopolitanism in Literature and Film
  • CMLT 499 C  Refiguring the Divide: The Arab Jew in Literature and Film
  • ENG 480         Advanced Creative Writing (Screenwriting) (PRE)
  • FREN 300 4    Contemporary Franco-Arab Cultural Exchanges: Exploring the Literature and Film of French Expression from the Maghreb and Mashreq (PRE)
  • JOUR/WGS 300 2    Women and the Media
  • PHIL 190 6     Zombie 101
  • SOAN 117      Social Problems in The Wire
  • SPAN 300 10 Spanish Crime Fiction: Femmes Fatales, Murderers, and Other Outcasts (PRE)
  • SPAN 368       Special Topics in Hispanic Film and Literature (COR)
  • SPAN 370       The Child in Contemporary Latin American Literature and Film (PRE)
  • THEA 210      Beginning Acting

Group C

Group C: Cognate courses (maximum of 3 units)

  • ART 111         Survey of Art History
  • ART 112         Two-Dimensional Design
  • ART 345         Modern Art (PRE)
  • ART 347         Contemporary Art (PRE)
  • ART 353         Computer Imaging I (PRE)
  • ENG 150         Introduction to Literary Study
  • MUS 105        Appreciation of Music Literature
  • THEA 220      Movement (PRE)
  • THEA 369/ENG 318  Playwriting (PRE)
  • THEA 126      Introduction to Technical Theatre
  • THEA 380      Directing for the Stage (PRE)

Topic-dependent courses

Topic-dependent courses when the topic focuses on film. May count as Group A, B, or C, depending on the focus. Counting these courses in the major requires approval from the Film Studies Program Director.

  • CMLT 499 A              The Myths of the “Oriental” Woman
  • ENG 484                     Seminar in British and Postcolonial Literature
  • ENG 486                     Seminar in American Literature
  • FREN 499                   Seminar: Special Topics in French (PRE)
  • SPAN 499                   Seminar: Special Topics in Spanish (PRE)
  • ENG / BWS 224         African American Images
  • ENG 226                     American Images
  • ENG  / BWS 268        Black Women’s Literary Traditions
  • ENG / BWS 369         Genre Studies in African American Literature
  • PHIL 310                    Special Topics in Philosophy: Philosophy and Film


  • Students must take courses in a minimum of 4 separate disciplines to complete the major (the “discipline” is denoted by the letters preceding the course number).
  • At least one course other than ENG 254 should cover non-American or minority American cinema.
  • A maximum of 3 transfer credits may be applied to the major (Transfer credits may include film production courses. Courses are available at other Ohio Five schools at no additional charge to OWU students; they are also available at the Columbus College of Art and Design.