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Film and Media Studies Curriculum

Film and Media Studies (FMS) is a department in the College of Arts and Sciences that uses an interdisciplinary model for its curriculum that is designed to give students a broad understanding of film and media history, theory, and criticism. The FMS curriculum is built around a core of FMS courses and has a creative skills requirement as well as a rich variety of electives from FMS Major and Guided Electives.  The Guided Electives include offerings in the Departments of Anthropology, African & African-American Studies, English, Communication, History, History of Science, Modern Languages, and Women’s and Gender Studies, as well as in the Colleges of Journalism & Mass Communication, Fine Arts, and Atmospheric & Geographic Studies. The comprehensive undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree provides students with the knowledge and skills required for careers in media-related fields, film production, academics, or other jobs in the liberal arts and humanities.

The Film and Media Studies major coursework consists of 39 hours of FMS courses or courses approved for FMS major credit. Of these 39 hours of FMS credit, all FMS majors are required to take Core Requirements, six courses (18 hours):

FMS 1013Introduction to Film & Media Studies

FMS 2013Film and Media History to 1960

FMS 2023Film and Media History: 1960 to the Present

FMS 2033Writing About Film

FMS 3213Media Theories & Methodologies  

FMS 4013Capstone in Film & Media Studies


The Creative Skills Requirement, one course (3 hours), from the following courses:

FMS 1313Narrative Production Basics

FMS 2123Acting for the Camera

FMS 3313Digital Cinema Production

FMS 3323Editing: History, Theory, Practice

FMS 3703Topics in Film & Media Production

FMS 3713Topics in Writing for the Screen

FMS 3853Feature Screenwriting

Additional courses that can be applied for the Creative Skills Requirement from ART, DRAM, or JMC courses which have asterisks next to them can be found on the list of Guided Electives under Course Descriptions.

The third component of the FMS major curriculum is an additional 18 hours of coursework for Major Electives and Guided Electives and can be chosen from any FMS course not used in the Core or Creative Skills Requirements, and from the list of Guided Electives.

Checksheets are used by students to keep track of the degree requirements of their major. Specific General Education and major requirements are outlined as well as the number of credit hours and minimum grade point averages required. Students should check with their academic counselor in the College of Arts and Sciences or with the FMS advisor to discuss which year's requirements may govern their degree plan.

It is also possible to minor in Film and Media Studies. Minor Checksheet

The course descriptions of FMS courses are a valuable resource for understanding FMS classes. You can also find the list of approved Guided Electives.