Film Theory Focus Area

The Film Theory Focus Area is designed to allow students to delve deeply in to the academic fields of film history, criticism and theory and to prepare students for careers in film and television criticism, media archives, film festival curation and programming, film studies education, and many other fields. This focus area extends the Film Studies major electives and comprises course options from the same list. Students interested in this specialization should meet with Program Coordinator Matt Swift to discuss courses, research ideas, and internships.

To schedule an appointment to begin planning the Focus Area email filmstudies@osu.edu.

FILM THEORY FOCUS - COMPLETE 9 HOURS. IF 6 HOURS ARE FROM APPROVED LIST, MEET WITH ADVISOR TO DISCUSS 1 COURSE OVERLAP WITH ELECTIVES AREA
* A MINIMUM OF 6 HOURS ARE REQUIRED AT/OR ABOVE THE 4000 LEVEL.

  • AAAS 4571 Black Visual Culture and Popular Media (3 CH)
  • ACCAD 3350 The History of Animation (3 CH)
  • ARTEDUC 5835: Visual Representations of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Subjects (3 CH)
  • Chinese 4405 China in Chinese Film (3 CH)
  • Comparative Studies 3607 Film and Literature as Narrative Art (3 CH)
  • EALL 3446 Asian American Film (3 CH)
  • EALL 4407 Early Asian Cinema (3 CH)
  • English 4578 Special Topics in Film (3 CH)**
  • Film Studies 3660 Documentary Film Studies (3 CH)
  • Film Studies 4580 Studies in a Major Director
  • Film Studies 4640: Studies in Cinema History (3 CH)
  • Film Studies 4650: Studies in Regional Cinema (3 CH)
  • Film Studies/German 4670H Cinema and the Historical Avant Garde (3 CH)
  • Film Studies 4895 Senior Seminar in Film Studies
  • Film Studies 4998 Undergraduate Research (2-12 CH)#
  • Film Studies 4999 Distinction Project (2-12 CH)#
  • Film Studies 4999H Honors Thesis Research (2-12 CH)#
  • French 2801 Classics of French Cinema (3 CH)
  • French 3701 Introduction to French Cinema (3 CH)*
  • French 4053 French and Italian Cinema to 1952 (3 CH)*
  • French 5702 Contemporary French Cinema 1945 to Present  (3 CH)
  • German 2451 Germans in Hollywood: Exiles and Émigrés (3 CH)
  • German 3351 Democracy, Fascism, and German Culture (3 CH)
  • History 3310 History of African American Cinema (3 CH)
  • History of Art 3901 World Cinema Today (3 CH)
  • History of Art 4015 Wexner Seminar (3 CH)
  • History of Art 4901 Classic Film Theories (3 CH)
  • History of Art 5645 Video Art (3 CH)
  • History of Art 5901 Silent Cinema: 1895-1927 (3 CH)
  • History of Art 5902 Classical Sound Cinema: 1927-1948 (3 CH)
  • History of Art 5903 Recent Cinema: 1948-Present (3 CH)
  • History of Art 5905 Avant-Garde Film (3 CH)
  • History of Art 5910 Documentary Film (3 CH)
  • INTSTDS 4451 Immigration Controversy Through Film (3 CH)
  • Italian 2053 Introduction to Italian Cinema (3 CH)
  • Italian 2055 Mafia Movies (3 CH)
  • Italian 4223 Italian Cinema (3 CH)*
  • Italian 8242: Studies in Italian Culture: Gender and Genre (3 CH)
  • Japanese 4400 Japanese Film and Visual Culture (3 CH)
  • Russian 3460 Modern Russian Experience through Film (3 CH)
  • Scandinavian 4450 The Films of Ingmar Bergman (3 CH)
  • Slavic 3310 Science Fiction: East vs. West (3 CH)
  • Slavic 3360: Screening Minorities: Representations of the Other in Slavic Film (3 CH)
  • Spanish 2380 Introduction to Latin American Cinema (3 CH)
  • Spanish 4580 Latin American Film (3 CH)*
  • Spanish 4581 Spanish Film (3 CH)*
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies 3317 Hollywood, Women and Film (3 CH)
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies 4527 Studies in Gender and Cinema (3 CH)

*Offering may be in foreign language; may have language prerequisite
** English 4578 can only be repeated in the major for a total of 6 credit hours and each course must be on different topics

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