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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Critical Studies Specialization

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The critical studies specialization explores the history, theory, and criticism of film and television. Students examine cinema’s role as a unique 20th century art form and the contributions of moving image media as cultural practices of enduring social significance. In the critical studies specialization, they explore film and television texts in relation to the world these texts represent; not only the varied meanings of these texts, but also the processes by which these meanings are constructed. Students will develop the skills to analyze the power and responsibility of American and international film and television and new media technologies from formal, aesthetic, historical, social, and ideological perspectives.

To complete the learning experience, all students pursuing the critical studies specialization are expected to compile a portfolio. FVS 489 “Senior Colloquium” is designed to facilitate this goal. Those students wishing to continue on to graduate school may also want to complete an independent writing project. FVS 496 ”Individual Study” is designed to fill this role.

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.

Film and Video Studies Core Requirements

Total Core Credits: 25

Required Courses

Select two International Cinema courses: Credits: 8

Elective Courses in Critical Studies Credits: 14

Course credits taken above not used to satisfy a requirement may be used as elective credits. Students may repeat the following variable topic courses with different topics: ENG 461, ENG 462 and ENG 463.

Total Credits: 75

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