BA in Film Studies

Degree Program Description

From academic study to production principles, the Film Studies program provides guidance to our students from accomplished research faculty, real world experience through hands-on internship practicums, and opportunities for success beyond the program for our graduates. The Film Studies Program offers a major that focuses on film analysis and covers the history of cinema, national and global cinemas, film theory and genres, documentary film, and contemporary visual culture.  It combines an emphasis on critical thinking, research, problem-solving, written expression, and cultural literacy with the discipline's unique attention to visual analysis. Students emerge with a greater degree of visual literacy at a time when our culture is becoming increasingly dependent upon visual communication.  Graduates have pursued careers in film, art education, journalism, and writing.

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Major Program Requirements

Film Studies majors must complete 30 credits in film studies, with a grade of C- or above in every course. A minor is recommended. At least 15 hours in the major must be in courses at the 3000 level or above. Students must also complete College of Arts and Sciences and University requirements, including University general education requirements. No more than 40 credits in Film Studies may be counted toward graduation.

The 30 hours of Film Studies courses for the major must meet the following requirements:

Major core requirements
UNIT I:
FILM_S 1800Introduction to Film Studies3
UNIT II:
FILM_S 2820Trends in World Cinema3
Select one of the following:3
American Film History I, 1895-1950
American Film History II, 1950-Present
UNIT III:
Electives18
At least six of the elective hours must come from one of the following national cinema courses:
Italian Cinema
The Art of Soviet and Russian Cinema
History of German Film
German Film After 1945
Modern Israeli Film
Russian Women and Film
Brazilian Cinema
Contemporary Chinese Film
Russian and Soviet Film
Korean Society Through Cinema
At least six of the elective hours must come from one of the following courses on theory and method:
Film Themes and Genres
Film and Literature
The Ancient World on Film
Architecture in Film
Art and Artists on Film
Major Directors
Studies in Film History
Documentary Film
Film Themes and Genres
Film Theory
Studies in Film Genre
Culture and Media
Film Themes and Genres
Adaptation of Literature for Film
UNIT IV:
Select one of the following:3
Capstone Experience
One 4000-level FILM S course of at least 3 credits
Total Credits30

Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FILM_S 18003FILM_S 28403
ENGLSH 10003Foreign Language 5
Social Science (MO State Law)3MATH 11003
Foreign Language 5General Elective3
 14 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FILM_S 28203FILM_S 2000+ (National Cinema Course)3
Science with a Lab5Minor Course3
Foreign Language 3Humanities/Fine Arts (Writing Intensive)3
Behavioral Science3Behavioral Science3
Social Science3Science Course3
 17 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FILM_S 2000+ (Theory and Methods Course)3FILM_S 3000+ (Elective)3
FILM_S 3000+ (National Cinema Course)3Minor Course3
Minor Course3Humanities/Fine Arts3
Humanities/Fine Arts3Social Science Course3
Science Course (Math Reasoning Proficiency)3General Elective Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FILM_S 3000+ (Theory and Methods Course)3FILM_S 4000 Level (Capstone)3
FILM_S 3000+ (Elective)3Minor Course3
Minor Course3Humanities/Fine Arts3
Writing Intensive Course 3000+3General Elective Course3
General Elective Course3General Elective Course3
 15 15
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

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MU students who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

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For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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