Undergraduate Programs


Film Studies is a fast growing discipline at American universities and colleges. Incorporating fields such as art and aesthetics, foreign languages, history, popular culture, and media - film studies offers the student extensive possibilities for breadth of experience and depth of knowledge. Film Studies majors learn to identify, analyze, and synthesize important information—they learn to read and write effectively and look at the world with a critical eye. Most importantly, the majors and minors of the Film Studies Program develops critical and audio-visual literacy. In a culture that increasingly relies on visual information, a comprehension of how meaning grows out of the moving image in combination with word and sound becomes essential to success across our society.


Film Studies, Moving-Image Production and Screenwriting 

All majors and minors have a dedicated academic advisor who assists students with degree planning, scheduling courses, preparing petitions and filing graduation applications. Students interested in learning more about the majors and minors or looking to declare them should also work with the academic advisor.

Emily Carpenter is the undergraduate program advisor for Film Studies majors and minors, Moving Image Production majors and Screenwriting minors. Appointments can be made with her via email, online, in 355 Hagerty Hall, or by calling 614-292-8485. (Email is preferred form of contact during Autumn 2020.) 


Moving-Image Production Major

Competitive hands on major accessible through a first year pre-major and portfolio review.

The major in Moving-Image Production (MIP) prepares students for a range of careers or graduate studies in Filmmaking. It emphasizes specialized studio practice the development of critical storytelling skills, and a proficiency in visual literacy. Integrating theory and practice, it is designed to produce filmmakers with critical-thinking skills and independent voices, who will bring new vision to the film industry, independent cinema, and visual culture.

Film Studies Major

Open enrollment major available to all students.

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 three course focus area in film theory, film production/animation, or screenwriting, and complete an intensive senior seminar.


Minor in Film Studies

The Minor in Film Studies allows students to unite classes devoted to the analysis of cinema both as a unique art form in its own right, and as a medium influenced and shaped by related fields such as literature and the visual arts. Students enrolled in the Film Studies minor will gain an understanding of the evolution of cinema, the relations between film and other arts, and the international dimensions of the medium. Courses eligible for credit in the minor are housed under units such as: East Asian, English, French and Italian, Film Studies, German, History of Art, Music, Slavic/Eastern European, Spanish and Portuguese, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Screenwriting Minor

Combining theory and practice, the Screenwriting Minor prepares students to develop original stories, scripts, and screenplays for production as works of moving-image art. In addition to developing skills for writing for the screen in a variety of forms—fictional narrative film, experimental film, documentary, animation, television, and/or new media—students will garner a foundational understanding of film history and theory and of storytelling conventions across media. Through this in-depth study of the art of screenwriting, students will be able to hone their own distinct voices, gaining crucial professional experience for careers in film and television writing.


The Film Studies Program believes that internships are an important part of the academic experience and can add important development opportunities for students pursuing careers in any aspect of film production and film studies. Visit the internships page to find out more about local internships, support for non-local internships, and the Brian Mehling Endowment to support internships in the film industry.