Coming Attractions: Film Studies Certificate


One of our accomplishments during the 2018-2019 academic year was working with campus colleagues to design, propose, and receive approval for a new undergraduate certificate in Film Studies.

Here’s a quick preview, in advance of the official launch during the 2019-2020 year —

The new undergraduate certificate in Film Studies draws upon the expertise of academic departments as well as faculty and unclassified staff from across the university. Six departments and schools — Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work; Art; English; Journalism and Mass Communications; Modern Languages; and Music, Theatre, and Dance — will contribute core courses, advising, and program assessment, while others on campus will support student success through additional courses and through programming events like the 48-Hour Film Festival.

Students will complete course work in two core areas — three credit hours in Production (Core 1) and three credit hours in Analysis (Core 2) — and select six credit hours of electives that align with their professional goals and their program of study for the degree.

As the interdisciplinary team explained in its proposal for the certificate, we are increasingly negotiating life through a screen. As screen images become easier to consume and easier to create, we need professionals who can harness the power and cultural history of the moving image and who understand the elements of narrative, light, cinematography, and sound. The Film Studies Certificate is designed to support that important work.

The Film Studies Certificate will become available as of January 2020. At that time, students can declare their certificate in the Department of English, the home department for the certificate program. Until that time, students can take courses that count toward the certificate.

Stay tuned for more information about the Film Studies Certificate in Fall 2019. Until then, enjoy some time this summer at the movies.

Karin Westman, Associate Professor and Department Head




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