Undergraduate Specialization - Specialization in Film Studies

Specialization in Film Studies
Program Code:
1011 Film Studies
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Award Type:
Specialization Undergraduate
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Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Arts and Letters

Interdepartmental and Interdisciplinary Programs

Specialization in Film Studies

The Specialization in Film Studies, which is administered by the College of Arts and Letters, is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs at Michigan State University.  With the approval of the department and college that administer the student's degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor's degree.

The Specialization in Film Studies concentrates upon cinematic aesthetics, film grammar, the history of film, the cultural context of film, and theoretical and critical approaches.  The courses included in the specialization focus upon film styles, values, genres, and directors; national and international cinemas; and particularly upon questions of gender, difference, and ethnicity.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the Specialization in Film Studies should consult the undergraduate adviser for film studies in the College of Arts and Letters.

Requirements for the Specialization in Film Studies

The student must complete:

1. The following course (4 credits):
ENG 230 Introduction to Film 4
2. At least 14 credits from the following courses, one of which must be a 400–level course: 14
AEE 212 American Agrarian Movements 3
ANP 280 The Anthropological Film 4
ENG 130 Film and Society 3
ENG 231 Film and Literature 4
ENG 330 Film Theory 3
ENG 334 Screenwriting 4
ENG 431A Studies in Ethnic Film 4
ENG 431B Third World Cinema 4
LL 250A Topics in National Cinemas: German Cinema 3
LL 250B Topics in National Cinemas: East Asian Cinema 3
LL 250C Topics in National Cinemas: Israeli Cinema 3
LL 250D Topics in National Cinemas: Russian and Soviet Cinema 3
REL 210 Religion and Media 4
ROM 355 French, Italian and Spanish Cinema since 1930 4
THR 350 Plays as Film 3
With the approval of the undergraduate adviser for film studies, a maximum of 4 credits in independent study, internship, special topics, or special problems courses specifically related to or focused on film studies may be used to satisfy this requirement.

Upon completion of the requirements for the Specialization in Film Studies, the student should contact the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and request certification for the completion of the specialization.  After the certification is approved by the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, the Office of the Registrar will enter on the student's academic record the name of the specialization and the date that it was completed.  This certification will appear on the student's transcript.


Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

NOTE: Degree Navigator is an advising tool only and should not be viewed as a contract with the student. Any questions about the requirements should be directed to an academic advisor.

Film Studies, SPCU (1011)

Required Credits: 18    Program Version: SS04

Requirement 1: Specialization - Film Studies - Introduction
Specialization - Film Studies - Introduction: 1 course from ENG230

Requirement 2: Specialization - Film Studies - 400-Level Elective
Specialization - Film Studies - 400-Level Elective: 1 course from ENG470, ENG471, ENG472, ENG473

Requirement 3: Specialization - Film Studies - Required Electives
Specialization - Film Studies - Required Electives: 10 credits from ANP280, THR350, REL210, AEE212, ENG130, ENG231, ENG330, ENG334, ENG431A, ENG431B, ENG470, ENG471, ENG472, ENG473, LL250A, LL250B, LL250C, LL250D

Requirement 4
18 credits required to complete this degreeThe specified coursework in this program may not equal this total. The difference must be made up of open options which must be acceptable within the limits of this program. In cases of doubt, please consult an academic advisor.