Undergraduate Degree - Film Studies

Program:
Film Studies
Program Code:
5755 Film Studies
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Start Term:
SS15
Department:
Department of English
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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

Department of English

Undergraduate Program
Film Studies

The Bachelor of Arts degree 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.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film Studies
 
  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: Film Studies 334, 400, 434, 435B, 460, 480, or 499. Those courses are referenced in item 3. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
    1. The following requirements for the major (36 to 40 credits):
                     
      a. All of the following courses (9 credits):
      FLM 200 Film Collective 1
      FLM 230 Introduction to Film Studies 4
      FLM 260 Introduction to Digital Film and Emergent Media 4
      b. All of the following courses (12 credits):
      FLM 300 Classical Film and Media Theory 3
      FLM 301 History of Film after Midcentury 3
      FLM 380 Classical Film and Media Theory 3
      FLM 381 Contemporary Film and Media Theory 3
      c. One of the following courses (3 credits):
      FLM 450 Studies in Ethnic Film 3
      FLM 451 Studies in Postcolonial Cinema 3
      FLM 452 Studies in Film, Gender, and Sexuality 3
      d. One of the following capstone courses (3 credits):
      FLM 400 Seminar in the History of Film (W) 3
      FLM 460 Seminar in Digital Film and Emergent Media (W) 3
      FLM 480 Seminar in Film and Media Theory (W) 3
      FLM 493 Film Studies Internship 3
      e. Complete 9 to 13 credits in courses from the following:
      ENG 231 Film and Literature 4
      ENG 478A Literature, Technology, Representation 3
      ENG 478B Literature and Visual Culture 3
      FLM 211 Documentary History and Theory 3
      FLM 255 Stars and Directors 3
      FLM 311 Introduction to Documentary Production 3
      FLM 334 Introduction to Screenwriting (W) 3
      FLM 335 Film Directing 3
      FLM 336 Aesthetics of Film Editing 3
      FLM 337 Topics in Film Form 3
      FLM 350 National and Transnational Cinemas 3
      FLM 355 Studies in Film Genres 3
      FLM 400 Seminar in the History of Film (W) 3
      FLM 411 Collaborative Documentary Design and Production (W) 3
      FLM 434 Advanced Screenwriting (W) 3
      FLM 435A Creating the Fiction Film I 3
      FLM 435B Creating the Fiction Film II (W) 3
      FLM 438 Film Financing, Programming, and Distribution 3
      FLM 450 Studies in Ethnic Film 3
      FLM 451 Studies in Postcolonial Cinema 3
      FLM 452 Studies in Film, Gender, and Sexuality 3
      FLM 455 Experimental Film and Media 3
      FLM 460 Seminar in Digital Film and Emergent Media (W) 3
      FLM 480 Seminar in Film and Media Theory (W) 3
      FLM 489H Senior Honors Independent Project 3
      FLM 490 Independent Study 1 to 4
      FLM 491 Special Topics in Film Studies 3
      FLM 492H Honors Seminar in Film Studies 3
      FLM 493 Film Studies Internship 2 to 4
      FLM 499 Senior Thesis Research (W) 1 to 4
      LL 250A Topics in National Cinemas: German Cinema 3
      LL 250B Topics in National Cinemas: East Asian Cinema 3
      ROM 355 French, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish Cinema since 1930 4
      RUS 250 Russian and Soviet Cinema 3
      THR 304 Topics in Acting/Directing II: Acting for the Camera 3
      THR 350 Plays as Film 3
      Film Studies 450, 451, or 452 may not count towards fulfillment of this requirement if used towards requirement 3. c. above. Film Studies 400, 460, 480, or 493 may not count towards fulfillment of this requirement if used towards requirement 3. d. above.

Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

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Film Studies, BA (5755)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS17

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
MTH3: 2 courses
At least 2 courses from MTH103, MTH101, MTH102

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Film Studies - Film Collective
Major - Film Studies - Film Collective: 1 course from FLM200

Requirement 12: Major - Film Studies - Introduction to Film
Major - Film Studies - Introduction to Film: 1 course from FLM230

Requirement 13: Major - Film Studies - Introduction to Digital Film and Emergent Media
Major - Film Studies - Introduction to Digital Film and Emergent Media: 1 course from FLM260

Requirement 14: Major - Film Studies - History of Film to Midcentury
Major - Film Studies - History of Film to Midcentury: 1 course from FLM300

Requirement 15: Major - Film Studies - History of Film after Midcentury
Major - Film Studies - History of Film after Midcentury: 1 course from FLM301

Requirement 16: Major - Film Studies - Classical Film and Media Theory
Major - Film Studies - Classical Film and Media Theory: 1 course from FLM380

Requirement 17: Major - Film Studies - Contemporary Film and Media Theory
Major - Film Studies - Contemporary Film and Media Theory: 1 course from FLM381

Requirement 18: Major - Film Studies - Studies Elective
Major - Film Studies - Studies Elective: 1 course from FLM450, FLM451, FLM452

Requirement 19: Major - Film Studies - Seminar Selection
Major - Film Studies - Seminar Selection: 1 course from FLM400, FLM460, FLM480, FLM493

Requirement 20: Major - Film Studies - Required Electives
Major - Film Studies - Required Electives: 9 credits from ENG231, ENG478A, ENG478B, FLM211, FLM255, FLM311, FLM334, FLM335, FLM336, FLM337, FLM350, FLM355, FLM400, FLM411, FLM434, FLM435A, FLM435B, FLM438, FLM450, FLM451, FLM452, FLM455, FLM460, FLM480, FLM489H, FLM490, FLM491, FLM492H, FLM493, FLM499, LL250A, LL250B, ROM355, RUS250, THR304, THR350

Requirement 21: College - Arts and Letters - Open Cognate
College - Arts and Letters - Open Cognate: 12 credits from Courses in an open cognate. One 300-400 level course of at least 3 credits must be included between the Open Cognate and the Non Arts & Letters Cognate. Both the cognate and the courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor.

Requirement 22: College - Arts and Letters - Non Arts and Letters Cognate
College - Arts and Letters - Non Arts and Letters Cognate: 12 credits from Courses in a cognate. One 300-400 level course of at least 3 credits must be included between the Open Cognate and the Non Arts & Letters Cognate. Both the cognate and the courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor.

Requirement 23: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.

Requirement 24: College - Arts and Letters - Second Language
College - Arts and Letters - Second Language: 1 course from a second year foreign language course demonstrating competency in a foreign language.

Requirement 25: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 26: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.