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vertov.jpgBachelor of Arts in Film Studies 

The Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies offers students in-depth education in the disciplinary understanding of film as a medium and in the critical analysis of films as interpretable texts. Students will gain an understanding of aspects of cinematic aesthetics, film grammar, the history of film, cultural contexts of film, and theoretical and critical approaches in film studies. Students who elect this major must complete the following courses, all of which will count toward the 36 to 40 credits in the Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies degree.

REQUIREMENTS:

 
1.  The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Studies. The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Film Studies major is met by completing one of the following courses:
 

FLM 334, 400, 434, 435B, 460, 480, 499

2.  The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts.

3.  The following requirements for the major (36–40 credits):

(a) All of the following course (9 credits):

FLM 200: Film Collective (1 cr.)
FLM 230: Introduction to Film (4 cr.)
FLM 260: Introduction to Digital Film and Emergent Media (4 cr.)

(b) All of the following courses (12 credits):

FLM 300: History of Film to Midcentury (3 cr.)
FLM 301: History of Film after Midcentury (3 cr.)
FLM 380: Classical Film and Media Theory (3 cr.)
FLM 381: Contemporary Film and Media Theory (3 cr.)

(c) One of the following courses on diversity in film (3 credits):

FLM 450: Studies in Ethnic Film (3 cr.)
FLM 451: Studies in Postcolonial Cinema (3 cr.)
FLM 452: Studies in Film, Gender, and Sexuality (3 cr.)

(d) One of the following capstone options (3 credits)

FLM 400: Seminar in Film History (3 cr.)
FLM 460: Seminar in Digital Film and Emergent Media (3 cr.)
FLM 480: Seminar in Film and Media Theory (3 cr.)
FLM 493: Internship in Film Studies (3 cr. minimum)

(e) Additional 9–13 elective credits chosen from the following courses:

FLM 211: Documentary History and Theory (3 cr.)
FLM 255: Stars and Directors (3 cr.)
FLM 311: Introduction to Documentary Production (3 cr.)
FLM 334: Introduction to Screenwriting (3 cr.)
FLM 335: Film Directing (3 cr.)
FLM 336: Aesthetics of Film Editing (3 cr.)
FLM 337: Topics in Film Form (3 cr.)
FLM 350: National and Transnational Cinemas (3 cr.)
FLM 355: Film Genres (3 cr.)
FLM 400: Seminar in Film History (3 cr.)
FLM 411: Collaborative Documentary Design and Production (3 cr.)
FLM 434: Advanced Screenwriting (3 cr.)
FLM 435A: Creating the Fiction Film I (3 cr.)
FLM 435B: Creating the Fiction Film II (3 cr.)
FLM 438: Film Financing, Programming, and Distribution (3 cr.)
FLM 450: Studies in Ethnic Cinema (3 cr.)
FLM 451: Studies in Postcolonial Cinema (3 cr.)
FLM 452: Studies in Film, Gender, and Sexuality (3 cr.)
FLM 455: Experimental Film and Media (3 cr.)
FLM 460: Seminar in Digital Film and Emergent Media (3 cr.)
FLM 480: Seminar in Film and Media Theory
FLM 489H: Senior Honors Project (3 cr.)
FLM 490: Independent Study (variable cr.)
FLM 491: Special topics in Film (variable cr.)
FLM 492H: Honors Seminar in Film Studies (3 cr.)
FLM 493: Internship in Film Studies (2–4 cr.)
FLM 499: Senior Thesis (variable cr.)

ENG 231: Film and Literature (4 cr.)
ENG 478A: Literature, Technology, Representation (3 cr.)
ENG 478B: Literature and Visual Culture (3 cr.)
LL 250A: Topics in National Cinemas: German Cinema (3 cr.)
LL 250B: Topics in National Cinemas: East Asian Cinema (3 cr.)
LL 250C: Topics in National Cinemas: Israeli Cinema (3 cr.)
ROM 355: French, Italian, and Spanish Cinema since 1930 (4 cr.)
RUS 250D: Topics in National Cinemas: Russian and Soviet Cinema (3 cr.)
THR 304: Topics in Acting/Directing II: Acting for the Camera (3 cr.)
THR 350: Plays as Film (3 cr.)


DEGREE CHECKLIST

 

CONTACT: 

Ruth Mowry, Undergraduate English Advisor: mowry@msu.edu

Joshua Yumibe, Director of Film Studies: yumibe@msu.edu

Stephen Deng, Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies in English: dengs@msu.edu