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The Film Studies major concentrates on cinema as an international social practice and shapes its study as a humanistic discipline. Students complete core courses in basic film analysis, history, and theory, and then go on to take classes in early, multicultural, and experimental traditions, choose film studies electives, develop a focus area in consultation with a faculty advisor, and complete an intensive senior seminar. In addition to the major, the Film Studies Program also oversees a minor in film studies, a graduate interdisciplinary specialization (GIS), and the publication of The Journal of Short Film.

The Film Studies Program mirrors the inherently interdisciplinary nature of film by drawing together teaching and research expertise from a broad range of departments like: Comparative Studies, English East Asian Languages and Literatures, French and Italian, Germanic Languages and Literatures, History of Art, Slavic and Eastern European Languages and Cultures, Spanish and Portuguese, and Women's Studies. We also work closely with the Wexner Center Film/Video curators, who bring internationally renowned filmmakers, films, and premieres to Columbus!