M.A. Concentration in Film Studies

​The graduate concentration in film studies includes training in writing (film criticism and academic writing), analysis (genre, history and national cinemas) and theory (film theory, literary theory and visual theory). The array of courses enables you to connect your study of literature with film. The 33-hour program does not include production courses.​​​​​​​ 


Research Component (6 credits)

  • Required in the first semester of enrollment:
    ENG 669: Methods and the Profession (3 credits) 

This course will introduce you to ways of thinking and practicing in the profession of English studies. We will explore critical traditions, research methods and emerging approaches to English studies, including literary criticism, theory, global perspectives, rhetoric and composition, film studies and digital humanities. The course also prepares you to begin formulating your own academic and professional pathways. You will become familiar with faculty from the department, develop research plans and discover resources to professionalize along trajectories that include higher education, writing, media and teaching. You’ll find this course listed in the enrollment system under its previous title, Bibliography and Methods.

  • Final Semester:
    ENG 676: Master's Capstone Project (3 credits)

In the film studies concentration, the capstone project typically takes one of the following forms:
1) Substantial essay based on original research with a brief oral presentation.
2) Film or video project accompanied by a paper that employs film studies research methods to reflect on the project with a brief oral presentation.
 3) Feature-length screenplay with a brief oral presentation.
See the Capstone Abstract Archive for past topics.

Disciplinary Core (15 credit hours)

  • 9 hours of 500-level film courses (this excludes 592s)
  • 6 hours of film electives 

The electives may include an additional 500-level film studies course, 592 Styles and Genres (this is a dual level/upper level undergraduate course for which 592 students will do graduate-level work), or Eng 636 Directed Readings (S/U graded courses)

Literature Electives (6 credit hours)

  • To connect with other core areas of English Studies, all MA English students take 6 hours in American, British, or World literature, or literary theory.

Open Electives (6 credit hours)

  • 6 hours of open electives in any area, including film (may also be English 585s, 592s, or 636)