College of Arts and Humanities
Bouillon Hall, room 225
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Faculty and Staff
Michael R. Ogden, PhD, communication
Liahna Armstrong, PhD, English
Patricia Callaghan, DA, English
Toni Culjak, PhD, English
Kelton Knight, PhD, foreign languages
Stella Moreno, PhD, foreign languages
Michael R. Ogden, PhD, communication
Steven Olson, PhD, English
Michael J. Smith, MFA, theatre arts
Lois Breedlove, MA, communication
Jeffrey Dippmann, PhD, philosophy and religious studies
Roxanne Easley, PhD, history
Robert Fordan, MA, communication
Matt Manweller, PhD, political science
Lene Pederson, PhD, anthropology
Dieter Romboy, PhD, foreign languages
Christina Barrigan, MFA, theatre arts
Steven Jackson, MA, communication
Maria Sanders, MA, communication
Christopher Schedler, PhD, English
The Film and Video Studies Program is an innovative, interdisciplinary, undergraduate program leading to a BA in film and video studies. Students complete a sequence of core courses and choose a specialization in either critical studies or production. Students may choose to complete both specializations, but may count only the core requirements toward both specializations. Minors are available in critical studies and visual literacy.
A film and video studies specialization or minor can be selected by students using the normal major or minor declaration process and with assistance from a faculty advisor. Any student who has taken COM 201 and FVS 250 and passed with a combined B average or better and has a minimum CWU grade point average of 2.4 or higher may be admitted to this program. Students must maintain a 2.4 GPA or higher with a minimum grade of C- in all courses counted toward fulfilling the film and video studies major or minor requirements.
Majors, Specializations, Minors, and Certificates
The Film and Video Studies Program provides students the opportunity to pursue a course of study in either the critical study or the production and technical aspects of the moving image. The program employs a scholarly, creative, and professional approach to the study of both film and television and seeks to help each student discover his or her talent as an independent critic, artist, and communicator. It also provides an education in the history and theory of film, television, and digital media art forms and basic learning experiences in production within the context of a liberal arts education.
The film and video studies specializations require a sequence of core courses. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the core, except FVS 489, prior to the beginning of their junior year. After completing the core, students will be required to choose a specialization in either critical studies which examines the history, theory, and aesthetics of both film and television (52 credits) or production (52 credits), which exposes students to the fundamentals of the production processes in film and video, including studio and field production, digital media, documentary, writing, directing, photography, sound recording, and editing. Students may choose to complete both specializations; however, they may count only the core requirements toward both specializations. Minors are available in critical studies and visual literacy.
The program encourages students to look at moving images from the vantage point of other disciplines. To this end, the film and video studies program includes courses from a number of other departments and programs on campus, including anthropology, communication, English, foreign languages, philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology, and theatre arts.
Bachelor of Arts
(NOTE: Students seeking a BA degree must complete one year college/university study or two years high school study of a single foreign language.)
Critical Studies Minor
Film and Video Studies Major, BA
Critical Studies Specialization