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 certiication.
College of Arts and Letters Interdepartmental and Interdisciplinary Programs Specialization in Film Studies
The Specialization in Film Studies, which is administered by the College of Arts and Letters, is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student's degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor's degree.
The Specialization in Film Studies concentrates upon cinematic aesthetics, film grammar, the history of film, the cultural context of film, and theoretical and critical approaches. The courses included in the specialization focus upon film styles, values, genres, and directors; national and international cinemas; and particularly upon questions of gender, difference, and ethnicity.
Students who plan to complete the requirements for the Specialization in Film Studies should consult the undergraduate adviser for film studies in the College of Arts and Letters.
Requirements for the Specialization in Film Studies
The student must complete:
The following course (4 credits):
Introduction to Film
At least 14 credits from the following courses, one of which must be a 400–level course:
American Agrarian Movements
The Anthropological Film
Film and Society
Film and Literature
Studies in Ethnic Film
Third World Cinema
Topics in National Cinemas: German Cinema
Topics in National Cinemas: East Asian Cinema
Topics in National Cinemas: Israeli Cinema
Topics in National Cinemas: Russian and Soviet Cinema
Religion and Media
French, Italian and Spanish Cinema since 1930
Plays as Film
With the approval of the undergraduate adviser for film studies, a maximum of 4 credits in independent study, internship, special topics, or special problems courses specifically related to or focused on film studies may be used to satisfy this requirement.
Upon completion of the requirements for the Specialization in Film Studies, the student should contact the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and request certification for the completion of the specialization. After the certification is approved by the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, the Office of the Registrar will enter on the student's academic record the name of the specialization and the date that it was completed. This certification will appear on the student's transcript.
18 credits required to complete this degreeThe specified coursework in this program may not equal this total. The difference must be made up of open options which must be acceptable within the limits of this program. In cases of doubt, please consult an academic advisor.