Major Requirements

Film Studies

Core courses: Core courses for the major in film studies—Majors in film studies are required to take one course from each of the three core course subcategories and are required to take a course from subcategory A (Film History and Analysis) by the end of their second year as a prerequisite for declaring the major.

Electives: Elective courses for the major in film studies—In addition to three core courses, students doing the major in film studies are required to take a total of eight additional full course credits from the three distribution areas listed below (national cinemas and topics in film history, film theory and topics in criticism, and film production and related arts), taking no more than four and no less than two courses in any one area. At least four of the eight courses taken in the distribution areas must be at the 300 level or above.

Capstone/Senior project: Capstone requirement for the major in film studies—Students can fulfill the capstone requirement for the major in film studies either by doing a senior seminar in film studies (400-level courses designated as such will be determined each year) or by doing a one-semester senior project (FILM 497).

Approved core and elective courses for the interdisciplinary major in film studies: Please note that not all courses listed below are offered every year and that other film-related courses offered at Trinity (but not listed below) and equivalent university-level courses taken elsewhere may be approved for use as substitutes. All courses taken toward the major in film studies need to be approved in advance by the film studies program coordinator.

Category I: Core Courses

  • I-A. Film History and Analysis.
    • ENGL 265. Introduction to Film Studies

  • I-B. Film Theory
    • ENGL. 470 Film Theory: An Introduction

  • I-C. Film Production
    • FILM 201. Basic Filmmaking

    • FILM 301. Advanced Filmmaking

Categories II-IV: Elective Courses

  • Category II: National Cinemas and Topics in Film History
    • AHIS 105. History of World Cinema

    • ANTH 247. China through Film

    • ARAB 224. Introduction to Arab and Middle Eastern Cinemas

    • CLCV 239. Rome on Film

    • COLL 151. French Film Festival

    • ENGL 233. Evolution of the Western Film

    • ENGL 288. World Cinema

    • ENGL 325. Spaghetti Westerns

    • ENGL 495. Senior Seminar: Indian Film and Literature

    • FREN 320. French Cinema

    • GRMN 257. New German Cinema

    • GRMN 265. German History Through Literature and Film

    • GRMN 303. German Literature and Film Since 1945

    • HISP 226. Iberian and Latin American Film and Conversation

    • HISP 328. Iberian Film

    • HIST 393. The Past as Protest and Prophecy in Postwar Japanese Cinema

    • INTS 236. Japanese Crime Literature and Film

    • ITAL 290. Italian Cinema

    • JWST 219. Israeli Film and Visual Media

    • LACS 257. New German Cinema

    • LACS 265. German History Through Literature and Film

    • LACS 290. Italian Cinema

    • LACS 320. French Cinema

  • Category III: Film Theory and Topics in Criticism
    • AMST 329. Viewing the Wire Through a Critical Lens

    • ENGL 265. Introduction to Film Studies

    • ENGL 304. Cinephilia and Philosophy

    • ENGL 305. Evolution of the Western Film

    • ENGL 360. Shakespeare on Film

    • ENGL 439. Special Topics in Film: The Documentary

    • ENGL 473. Dickens/Chaplin

    • ENGL 870. Film Theory: An Introduction

    • PHIL 238. Media Philosophy

    • PSYC 293. Perception

    • PSYC 397. Psychology of Art

    • SOCL 241. Mass Media, Popular Culture, and Social Reality

    • THDN 121. Introduction to Media Studies

    • WMGS 245. The Hollywood Musical

    • WMGS 318. Hollywood Stars

    • WMGS 319. The Woman's Film

    • WMGS 335. Mapping American Masculinities

    • WMGS 345. Film Noir

  • Category IV: Film Production and Related Arts
    • ENGL 270. Introduction to Creative Writing

    • ENGL 333. Creative Nonfiction

    • ENGL 334. Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction

    • FILM 201. Basic Filmmaking

    • FILM 301. Advanced Filmmaking

    • FILM 309. Film Production

    • STAR 113. Visual Thinking: Design

    • STAR 150. Visual Thinking: Digital Photography in the Documentary Tradition

    • STAR 250. Art Studio: Photography and the Dark Room

    • THDN 103. Basic Acting

    • THDN 205. Intermediate Acting

    • THDN 225. Introduction to Interactive Media

    • THDN 304. Directing

    • THDN 305. Writing for Stage and Screen

    • THDN 393. Playwrights Workshop

Guidelines for senior projects (FILM 497)—Senior projects are restricted to students doing an interdisciplinary major in film studies. The senior project can either be a piece of film studies scholarship (i.e., a written thesis) or a film production (i.e., a thesis film); in either case the topic for the project is selected by the student and the project is designed in consultation with the supervising faculty member. By the end of the spring semester of their junior year, students who intend to do a senior project will consult with the film studies program coordinator to discuss the topic for the project and identify appropriate faculty members to potentially supervise and assess it. Once the topic has been developed and approved by a faculty supervisor, a proposal is submitted to the film studies program director.


Study away: Study-away opportunities—Students majoring in film studies are encouraged to take advantage of Trinity's relationships with institutions abroad that offer courses in film studies and production. The Trinity-in-Trinidad program offers film courses through an exchange program that is built on a long-established relationship with The University of the West Indies. Though the full list of other sites for possible film-related study abroad is quite extensive, they include Prague, Czech Republic (through the CIEE program housed at the renowned Czech film school FAMU), and Perth, Australia (at Curtin University, where a semester program in film production ends with a study tour of Asia).

Honors: Honors—To be awarded honors for the major in film studies, students are required to take a senior seminar in film studies and do a senior project and earn a GPA of at least 3.67 in courses counted toward the major.