College of Arts and Humanities
Bouillon Hall, room 224
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Faculty and Staff
Jon Ward, MA, film studies
Liahna Armstrong, PhD, English
Toni Culjak, PhD, English
Jeffrey Dippmann, PhD, philosophy and religious studies
Stella Moreno, PhD, world languages
Michael R. Ogden, PhD, communication
Steven Olson, PhD, English
Michael J. Smith, MFA, theatre arts
Christina Barrigan, MFA, theatre arts
George W. Bellah, MFA, theatre arts
Roxanne Easley, PhD, history
Matt Manweller, PhD, political science
Lene Pederson, PhD, anthropology
Christopher Schedler, PhD, English
Maria Sanders, MFA, communication
Melissa Johnson, English, women’s studies
Michael Caldwell, MFA, film
Helen Harrison, communication
Jason Tucholke, theatre arts
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 cinema studies, production or screenwriting. Minors are available in cinema studies and screenwriting.
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 and Minors
The Film and Video Studies Program provides students the opportunity to pursue a course of study in either the critical study of film, the production and technical aspects of the moving image or writing for the screen. The film and video studies 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. The program 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 for FVS 489) prior to the beginning of their junior year. After completing the core (23 credits excepting FVS 489), students will be required to choose one of three specialization focusing on either cinema studies which examines the history, theory, criticism and aesthetics of both film and television (50 credits), production (50 credits), which exposes students to the fundamentals of the production processes in film and video, or screenwriting (50 credits), allowing students to develop mastery in a variety of narrative screenplay and teleplay writing disciplines. Students may choose to pursue a double specialization in cinema studies and either production or screenwriting, or a double specialization in production and screenwriting: however, they may count only the core requirements toward satisfying the requirements of both specializations. Minors are also offered in cinema studies and screenwriting.
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, world 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 world language.)
ProgramsBachelor of Arts (B.A.)Minor
CoursesFilm and Video Studies (FVS)