Undergraduate Major in Film Studies

The major in Film Studies provides students with critical skills and multiple perspectives on historical and contemporary media forms. It promotes the study of film and media in their aesthetic, social, cultural, political and technological contexts and expands students' understanding of media as essential elements of our global cultural environment.

In recent years, some of our Film Studies graduates have gone to pursue Masters and Doctoral degrees in Film Studies/Cinema and Media Studies/Screen Studies programs at UCLA, Northwestern University, American University, Boston University, and the University of Chicago.

Students interested in a Film Studies Major or those having questions about the Program should contact ...

Dr. Benjamin Schneider
Assistant Director and Undergraduate Film Studies Advisor
Curtin Hall 488
(414) 229-4869
terrapin@uwm.edu

Course of Study: Major

A total of 39 credits is required for the major, at least 15 in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above) taken in residence at UWM. Students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all UWM credits attempted for the major. In addition, the College requires that students attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including transfer work. Students must complete the requirements specified below.

Core Courses (12 cr)

Art History 205 - History of Film I: Development of an Art, 3 credits
English 290 - Introduction to Film Studies, 3 credits
English 390 - Classical Film Criticism and Theory, 3 credits
Film Studies 590 - Contemporary Film Criticism and Theory (satisfies L&S research requirement; offered spring semester only), 3 credits

Four intermediate level courses to be chosen from the following (12 cr)

Art History/English 111 - Entertainment Arts: Film, Television, and the Internet, 3 credits
Art History 206 - History of Film II: Development of an Art, 3 credits
CompLit 233 - Literature and Film: (Subtitle), 3 credits
English 286 - Writing about Film and Television, 3 credits
English 291 - Introduction to Television Studies, 3 credits
English 293 - Literature and Media: (Subtitle), 3 credits
English 295 - Women and Film, 3 credits
Film Studies 212 - Intermediate Topics in Film Studies: (Subtitle), 3 credits

Note: In some circumstances, other courses may be allowed for the major. Please consult with the program advisor before enrolling in courses not on this list.

Five advanced (300 and above) electives - at least 15 cr - from the approved list

At least 6 cr need to be in a course focusing on world/global/international cinema (e.g. English 316, Film Studies 412). The following is a partial list. Other variable content courses with appropriate subtitles may be approved on a semester-by-semester basis to count toward the major. See the list published in the Schedule of Classes under affiliated Film Studies courses, the Film Studies web site, or the program advisor.

Art History 305 - Film Analysis I: Method and Theory, 3 credits
Art History 306 - Film Analysis II: Method and Theory, 3 credits
Art History 307 - Film Directors: (Subtitle), 3 credits
Art History 308 - Film Styles:(Subtitle), 3 credits
CompLit 360 - Seminar in Literature and Cultural Experience: "New Chinese Cinemas" subtitle, 3 credits
CompLit 461 - Film-Fiction Interaction: (Subtitle), H
English 312 - Topics in Film Studies: (Subtitle), 3 credits
English 316 - World Cinema: (Subtitle),3 credit
English 320 - Studies in Film Authorship: (Subtitle),3 credits
English 329 - Film and Literature, 3 credits
English 330 - Film and Drama: (Subtitle), 3 credits
English 380 - Media and Society: (Subtitle), 3 credits
English 383 - Cinema and Genre: (Subtitle), 3 credits
English 391 - Television Criticism and Theory, 3 credits
English 392 - Contemporary Film Criticism and Theory: (Subtitle), 3 credits
English 394 - Theories of Mass Culture: (Subtitle), 3 credits
English 395 - Feminist Film Criticism and Theory: (Subtitle), 3 credits
Film Studies/Jewish 350 - Global Jewish Film and Television: (Subtitle), 3 credits
Film Studies 412 - Global Cinemas - Cinematic Practices in the Context of Globalization: (Subtitle), credits
Film Studies 489 - Upper-Level Internship, 1-6 credits
Film Studies 499 - Ad Hoc: (Subtitle), 1-6 credits
Film Studies 669 - Screening Sexuality: (Subtitle, 3 credits
Film Studies 699 - Advanced Independent Study, 1-6 credits
French 451 - Cinema of the French-Speaking World: (Subtitle), 3 credits
German 311 - History of German Film: (Subtitle),3 credits
Italian 629 - Major Film Directors: (Subtitle), 3 credits

Note: In some circumstances, other courses may be allowed for the major. Please consult with the program advisor before enrolling in courses not on this list.