The undergraduate curriculum offers course work in several degree concentrations. Programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) degrees in the Department are based in the School of the Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. They include substantial course work in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences and students earning a B.A. also will take courses in a foreign language and a laboratory science. Of the two degrees, the B.A. in Film & Media Studies requires two additional studies courses where the B.G.S. allows greater specialization in film and video production.
The Masters degree and Ph.D in Film and Media are academic degrees but students are also expected to complete courses in film and video production. The Masters degree requires 33 graduate credit hours and all M.A. students in Film and Media Studies must write a thesis as the culmination of their degree.
The Ph.D requires 60 credit hours of course work that strengthens methodological, historical, and theoretical grounding. Students must also write and defend a dissertation that must constitute a palpable contribution to knowlege in the candidates chosen field in order to complete their degree.
The Graduate Certificate in Film and Media studies provides a concentration in core film and media theory and history courses. This certificate is designed for graduate students whose research includes analysis of media text and technologies, and provides training in methodologies and a basic familiarity with critical and theoretical discourse, both historical and contemporary, in which film and media are discussed.