Studying Film at NCSU

We offer a variety of ways to study film at the undergraduate level: by simply taking courses, becoming a Film Major, a Film Minor, or an English Major with a concentration in film. All of these curricular options are outlined below.

Information about applying to NCSU can be found at Undergraduate Admissions.  The Film Studies Major is listed under Arts Studies (Film Studies).

Arts Studies-Film Major (curriculum code: LRT-F)

To Become an Arts Studies-Film Major

To declare a film major, apply on line in the MyPack Portal--Film Studies (LRT-F) is a major within Arts Studies, which is within CHASS. Students should review the minimum and preferred requirements for applying at CODA. Once you have reviewed the application requirements, you can press a button on the left side of the web site that says "Proceed to Application." You may apply for a new major during a one-month period, three times per year: Aug 15-Sept 15, Jan 15-Feb 15, and May 15-June 15. The effective date of the new major will be the next term.

If you have any questions, contact the Film Program coordinator, Dr. Marsha Gordon:
marsha_gordon@ncsu.edu
Office: Tompkins 257
Office phone: 919-515-4164

Film Major Requirements (33 hours)

I. History, Analysis, and Criticism (15 hours)
ENG 282 – Introduction to Film
ENG 292 – Writing about Film
ENG/COM 364 – History of Film to 1940
ENG/COM 374 – History of Film Since 1940
AFS/ENG 375 – African American Cinema
ENG 378 – Women and Film
ENG 382 – Film and Literature
ENG 384 – Introduction to Film Theory
ENG 492 – Styles and Genres
IDS 496 – Topics in Film and Interdisciplinary Studies

II. Production and Studio Courses (6 hours)
COM 267 – Electronic Media Writing*or*
ENG 330 – Screenwriting
COM 344 – Introduction to Film Production

III. Linking Courses (6 hours)
ENG 382 – Film and Literature
ENG 492 or IDS 496 – Styles and Genres (depending upon topic)

IV. Capstone Course: 3 credit hours of ARS 494 "Special Topics in Arts Studies." The topic changes each semester/year. Examples are: The Narrative Arts; Arts of Multicultural Traditions; Images of the Self and Self-Images in the Arts; Arts and the Everyday. If a student takes ARS 494 more than once, he or she may count it toward the linking course requirement.

V. Advised Elective: 3 hours, chosen in consultation with student's advisor.
ENG 350 – Professional Internshipscan be taken in conjunction with an internship (which the student must find on their own) to fulfill the Advised Elective requirement if the internship is related to film or video. Please contact your advisor to confirm suitability.

Film Minor

To Declare a Minor in Film

Students should fill out the form available at: http://www.ncsu.edu/registrar/forms/pdf/minor.pdf. On the form, please list the Minor Coordinator as “Dr. Marsha Gordon”, the minor as “Film Studies,” the Minor Code as “16FSM”, and the Requirement Term as the semester in which you intend to graduate.” Students can contact the Film Program coordinator, Dr. Marsha Gordon with any questions, and can also monitor their progress toward completing the academic minor by viewing their Minor Degree Audit online, anytime, in MyPack Portal. Successful completion of course requirements on the Minor Degree Audit is indicated by a green checkmark, while outstanding requirements are indicated by a red X.


Film Minor Requirements (15 hours)
I. Required Courses (6 hours):
ENG 282 – Introduction to Film
ENG/ COM 364 – History of Film to 1940 *or*
ENG /COM 374 – History of Film Since 1940

II. Electives (9 hours)
ENG 292 – Writing About Film
ENG 330 – Screenwriting
ENG/COM 364 or 374 (whichever is not taken to fulfill requirement I)
AFS/ENG 375 – African American Cinema
ENG 382 – Film and Literature
ENG 384 – Film Theory
ENG 430 – Advanced Screenwriting
ENG 492 – Film Styles and Genres
IDS 496 – Film and Interdisciplinary Studies
COM 344 – Introduction to Film Production
FLF 352 – Francophone Literature and Film
FLF 318 – French Cinema
FLS 318 – Hispanic Cinema
FLG 318 – New German Cinema
(*only one FLF course may count toward the film studies minor)

English Major with a Film Concentration (curriculum code: FLM)

This curriculum combines the study of literature with film studies. In addition to required courses in Film History and Film & Literature, students may take such special topics courses as The Horror Film, The Musical, Howard Hawks and the Coen Bros., Robert Altman and Stanley Kubrick, Holocaust Films, and Science Fiction Film.

I. Required Film Courses (9 hours)

ENG 282 – Introduction to Film
ENG 382 – Film and Literature
COM/ENG 364 – Film History to 1940, or
COM/ENG 374 – Film History since 1940

II. Core English Courses (21 hours)

Linguistics, Rhetoric, or Writing Practice. (6 hrs in TWO areas)
Choose two courses from: Linguistics (ENG 210, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 491H*, 524, 525), Rhetoric (ENG 321, 323, 411, 422, 425, 426, 491H*), and Writing Practice (ENG 201, 214, 215, 216, 272, 287, 288, 289, 314, 315, 323, 350, 417, 421, 433, 488, 489, 491H*, 495). *

FLM students should take ENG 292, Writing about Film, or ENG 433, Screenwriting for one of their Linguistics/Rhetoric/Writing Practice courses.

Literature I. (3 hours)
ENG/FL 219, ENG/FL 220, ENG/FL 221, ENG/FL 222, ENG 251, 255, 261, 262, FLF 301, FLS 301, FLS 303, FLG 316, FLR 303.

Literature II. (3 hours)
Any course that meets the Literature I requirement, or: ENG 246, 248, 252, 255, 265,
266, 305, 339, 340, 341, 342, 349, 362, 363, 369, 370, 372, 376, 377, 380, 382, 383, 385, 390, 399, 420, 439, 448, 449, 451, 452, 453, 463, 464, 465, 466, 468, 469, 470, 486, 487, ENG/FL223, 224, 406, 407, FLF 302, FLS 304, FLS 323, FLS 403, FLS 404, FLS 492, GRK 320.

Literature Before 1800. (3 hours)
Choose from: Medieval British Literature (ENG 451, 452, 490, 491H*, 509, 510, 551, 578), Renaissance British Literature (ENG 439, 449, 491H*, 529, 530, 561, 578), 18th Century British Literature (ENG 362, 462, 491H*, 562, 563, 579), and American/Colonial Literature Before 1800 (ENG 464, 467, 491H*, 531).

Literature After 1800. (3 hours) Choose from: 19th Century British Literature (ENG 363, 453, 491H*, 550, 560, 564), U. S. Literature Before 1900 (ENG 368, 369, 420*, 448, 467, 468, 469, 476, 491H*, 531, 555, 565, 573, 575) and 20th-21st Century British or American (ENG 370, 372, 380, 381, 399, 420*, 464, 465, 466, 470, 471, 491H*, 548, 549, 570, 571, 572, 573, 576, 577, 580).

Literary Author/Genre. (3 hours)
Choose from Author (ENG/FL 392, ENG 420, 451, 460, 486, 487, 491H*, 539*, 551, 558, 561) and Genre (ENG 362, 363, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373, 380, 376, 377, 491H*, 497*, 539*, 563, 564, 570, 571, 572, 573, 574, 576, 577, 578, 579; ENG/FL 393, 394*).

III. Film Studies Electives. (6 hours)
Choose 6 hours from AFS/ENG 375, COM 344, COM/ENG 364, COM/ENG 374, ENG 292, ENG 330, ENG 378, ENG 384, ENG 492, ENG 585, ENG 587, ENG 591, FLF 318, 352, FLS 318, FLG 318, IDS 496.


Although some courses are listed in more than one category, no course may satisfy more than one requirement. Students may take no more than four 200 level classes. Either Literature I or Literature II must be taken at the 200 level.
FLM students may take a film course for their CHASS Arts and Letters requirement