Oct 21, 2021
The interdisciplinary Film Studies major will help you develop the knowledge and skills to become an adept analyst of film and video. Students can also develop filmmaking skills.
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 and video 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.
The following is a list of skills and areas of knowledge we expect students to develop as Film Studies majors.
1. History and context
knowledge of the history and evolution of motion pictures
understanding of the cultural, political, economic, and aesthetic contexts within which motion pictures are produced, including in international cinema
familiarity with the basic vocabulary of filmmaking and film analysis
familiarity with a range of types and genres of motion pictures, and an ability to classify them broadly according to type (e.g., realist, classical, formalist)
basic understanding of how films are made, and of their component parts
ability to articulate aesthetic considerations in the analysis of the moving image
ability to generate relevant questions in the examination of a motion picture that can lead to a coherent analysis of the work
ability to construct and articulate, orally and in writing, an analytical argument about a range of film texts, from avant garde to classical narrative, from commercials to news stories to visual essays
ability to approach non-American films with an understanding of values and aesthetics outside of dominant Hollywood cinema
Required courses: 1.25 units
- ENG 254 - Introduction to Film
- FLMS 400 1 - Senior Portfolio
The major requires completion of 10.25 units. ENG 254 Introduction to Film Studies is required of all Film Studies majors (and minors). Additionally, to complete the major 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. During the spring semester of their senior year, students must complete the FLMS 400.1 Senior Portfolio (0.25cr).
Students must take courses in a minimum of 4 separate disciplines to complete the major. At least one course other than ENG 254 must cover non-American or minority American cinema. A maximum of 3 transfer credits may be applied to the major.
Group A courses with a primary focus on film (at least 4 units required for major)
- ENG 254 - Introduction to Film Studies
- COMM 300 5 - Video Production
- COMM 300 14 - Documentary Film and Video
- ENG 100 6 - Narratives in Film and Television (.5 unit)
- ENG 319 - Screenwriting
- FREN 300 1 - French Language Film
- SPAN 190 5 - Through the Spanish Lens: Contemporary Spanish Society and Culture Through Cinema (Honors Tutorial)
- SPAN 190 6 - Through the Spanish Lens: Women Behind the Camera (Honors Tutorial)
- FLMS 490/491/495 - *Students may take a maximum of 2 film-focused Ind. Studies (490), Directed Readings (491) or Internships (495).
- SPAN 310 - Spanish Conversation and Culture through Film
- MUS 300 9 - Analysis of Music in Film
- DANC 190 2 - Dance Film - A Calculated Framing of Bodies (Honors Tutorial or Independent Study)
- BWS 350 - Black Identity
Group B Courses with a significant focus on film or skills relevant to film (at least 1 unit required for major)
- COMM 100 1 - Communication Theory (offered in spring)
- COMM 111 - Media History
- COMM 111 - Media History (summer course)
- COMM 200 3 - Digital Media I
- COMM 200 4 - Media Literacy
- COMM 300 2 - Intercultural Communication (offered in spring)
- ART 355 - Photography I
- ENG 100 7 - Exploring Creative Writing
- ENG 480 - Advanced Creative Writing (Screenwriting)
- FREN 300 3 - The Captive and Captivity in Contemporary Francophone N. Africa
- FREN 300 4 - Contemporary Franco-Arab Cultural Exchanges
- FREN 351 - Culture of Empire, Culture of Resistance
- WGS 325 - Women and the Media
- PHIL 201 1 - Zombie 101 - What Undead Teach Us
- SOAN 117 - Social Problems in The Wire
- SPAN 300 10 - Spanish Crime Fiction
- SPAN 370 - The Child in Contemporary Latin American Literature and Film
- SPAN 350 - Artistic Expressions of the Hispanic World
- SPAN 367 - The Short Story, Short Prose Fiction and Non-Fiction
- THEA 210 - Beginning Acting
- THEA 260 - Activng Workshop I
- JOUR 101 - Media History
- PHIL 362 - Aesthetics
- WGS 310 - Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies
Group C Cognate courses (maximum of 3 units)
- ART 111 - Survey of Art History
- ART 112 - Two-Dimensional Design
- ART 345 - Modern Art
- ART 347 - Contemporary Art
- ART 315 - Book Arts I
- COMM 200 2 - Introduction to Visual Communication
- ENG 250 - Introduction to Literary Study
- ENG 180 - Narratives (1): The Short Story
- MUS 105 - Appreciation of Music Literature
- THEA 126 - Introduction to Technical Theatre
- THEA 220 - Movement
- THEA 369 /ENG 318 - Playwriting
- THEA 380 - Directing for the Stage
- THEA 256 - Elements of Design
- DANC 315 - Composition and Coreography
- THEA 200 1 - Script Analysis for Performance
Topic Dependent Courses (Groups A, B, or C)
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.
- FREN 499 - Seminar: Special Topics in French (Group A)
- SPAN 499 - Seminar: Special Topics in Spanish (Group A)
- ENG 484 - Seminar in British and Postcolonial Literature
- ENG 486 - Seminar in American Literature
- ENG 224 /BWS 224 - African American Images
- ENG 268 /BWS 268 - Black Women’s Literary Traditions
- ENG 369 /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.