Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization (GIS)

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We do not currently offer M.A., M.F.A., or Ph.D. programs in Film Studies or Moving-Image Production.

 

Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization (GIS) in Film Studies

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Film Studies is a degree enhancement available to students enrolled in post-graduate degree programs in another discipline at The Ohio State University. Completion of a GIS is noted on the student’s Ohio State transcript.

The GIS is a "degree enhancement" open to any graduate student interested in developing a secondary expertise in film studies to complement the student's home graduate program. 

GIS in film studies

Goals of the GIS in Film Studies

  • To provide students the tools for rigorous formal and historical analysis of film.
  • To urge students to think critically about film as an aesthetic form and cinema as a social institution.
  • To encourage pursuit of interdisciplinary inquiries about cinema.

Requirements

The curriculum for the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Film Studies includes:

  • 12 Hours spread over 4 courses, subject to coordinator's approval.
  • At least 9 hours from the IFSC Master and Supplemental Lists (see below).
  • At least 9 hours outside the student’s home degree program/department.
  • 6 hours at the 7000 level or above.
  • 3.4 GPA in the GIS and no grade lower than a “B” for these four courses.

Eligible Courses: To qualify for the GIS in Film Studies, students must complete at least 9 credit hours in the courses from the Master and Supplemental lists, below. 

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GIS Courses

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Courses available for a GIS in Film Studies

  • ACCAD 6650: History of Animation  
  • CHINESE 7468: Seminar in Chinese Film 
  • ENGLISH 4578: Special Topics in Film  
  • ENGLISH 6778.01: Introduction to Graduate Study in Film and Film Theory  
  • ENGLISH 7878: Seminar in Film & Media Studies
  • FILMSTD 5193: Individual Studies (internship/field work) 
  • FILMSTD 7000: Graduate Studies in Film History 
  • FILMSTD 7001: Advanced Theory Seminar: Methods and Applications 
  • FRENCH 4023: Studies in French Cinema 
  • FRENCH 5702: Contemporary French Cinema 
  • FRENCH 8701: Seminar in French Cinema 
  • GERMAN/FILMSTD 4670H: Cinema and the Historic Avant-Garde
  • GERMAN 6400: Introduction to German Film 
  • HISTART 4015: Wexner Center Media Arts Programming 
  • HISTART4901: Classic Film Theory--proposed 
  • HISTART 5645: Video Art 
  • HISTART 5901: Silent Cinema: 1895-1927 
  • HISTART 5902: Classical Sound Cinema: 1927-1948 
  • HISTART 5903: Recent Cinema: 1948-Present 
  • HISTART 5905: Avant-Garde Film 
  • HISTART 5910: Documentary Film
  • HISTART 8901: Selected Topics in Cinema Studies 
  • ITALIAN 8243: Italian Cinema 
  • PORTUGUESE 7440: Brazilian Film* 
  • RUSSIAN 6657: Gender and National Identity 
  • SCANDVN 4450: The Films of Ingmar Bergman
  • SPANISH 7800: Latin American Film 
  • WGSST 4527: Studies in Women and Cinema 
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Listing of supplemental courses available for a GIS in Film Studies

  • COMPSTD 8891: The Wexner Center Seminar 
  • ENGLISH 7882.01: Interdepartmental Seminar in Critical Theory 
  • GERMAN 8400: Seminar in Film, Visual Culture, and the Performing Arts
  • HISTART 8001: Studies in Art Theory and Criticism (Film Theory II & III)
  • HISTART 8641: The Wexner Center Seminar 
  • WGSST 8860: Topics in Feminist Studies

 

 

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For the GIS, 3 credit hours may be approved from an upper-level, intensive film course that does NOT appear on the list. If you have a question about whether an upper-level film course would be accepted and approved toward the GIS, please contact the Program Coordinator to discuss options.


Completing the GIS in Film Studies

To request an audit of your progress toward completion at any stage of your GIS: please forward your request with an unofficial transcript to Program Coordinator Paige Piper at piper.92@osu.edu.


Application for the GIS is to be made before the beginning of the semester of its completion. 

  • This requirement exists because (1) the form may be forwarded to the Graduate School only in the first two weeks of each semester, and (2) this leaves time for making other arrangements in the event that a completed course is not approved toward completion of the GIS.

1) Verify program of study and requirements are met 
Be sure that you have met course and grade requirements of the GIS in Film Studies. Contact the Academic Program Coordinator Paige Piper (piper.92@osu.edu) with your degree program and a list of your completed GIS courses (including semester taken) to review and ensure all requirements have been met the semester prior to your completion. 

2) Once your curriculum is approved, submit GIS Form in GradForms
Students should submit a Minor and Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization form in GRADFORMS. The form serves as the student’s application. The coordinator of the minor/GIS will be notified to review the application, and the student’s advisor will receive an email notice that the student submitted the form.

  • Log into the GradForms website using OSU credentials.
  • Click on ‘Graduation and Examination Tasks’ and then choose the ‘GIS/Minor application’.  

3) Form approval and confirmation
Once the student initiates the online application an email is sent to the representative in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts to approve/deny the form.  After the program approves, the form it is sent to the Graduate School for review of the application, and verification that all courses have been taken and passed with a B/S or higher.

  • Once the Graduate School confirms the decision, the student will receive a confirmation email.
  • The student must adhere to the curriculum of the minor/GIS program as indicated on the program form.
  • If ANY changes in the approved curriculum are necessary, the student must have the change approved by the GIS program, which will notify the Graduate School. Departures from the approved minor/GIS program could result in the specialization not appearing on the student’s transcript.

4) Transcript designation
When the student has completed the minor/GIS program, the student must complete the minor/GIS transcript designation form in GRADFORMS for final review. Once reviewed and approved by the minor/GIS program and the Graduate School, the designation will be posted to the student’s academic record. 


For more information about the GIS in Film Studies, please contact Academic Program Coordinator Paige Piper, at piper.92@osu.edu.

For more information about Graduate Degree programs at The Ohio State University, visit the Graduate Education at OSU website.