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Film Studies BA - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 10.10 CINEMATOGRAPHY, CIP: 50.0601 Film/Cinema Studies)

Department of Media Study

231 Center for the Arts
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-6020

Alex Reid, Ph.D.

Bradley Hendricks
Assistant to the Chair for Student Programs

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Film Studies BA Program

Academic Requirements

Completion of the prerequisite courses with a minimum GPA of 2.500.

Academic Advice

  • Admission to the major is granted at the end of the sophomore year, when students will have accumulated at least 50 overall credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.000.
  • Students must meet with the academic advisor of the FST program prior to application to the major (usually at the end of the sophomore year).
  • No course can count twice.
  • Students are required to complete a total of at least 24 credits at the 300 or 400 level as part of their major.

Transfer Credit Policy

Film studies coursework taken at another institution is evaluated for transferability to UB by the director of the FST program. Students should provide a transcript and syllabi for courses taken.

Transfer students and continuing students who have accumulated 50 or more credit hours overall will be able to declare the major provisionally until they are able to complete the courses within the major. This insures that students declaring the interdisciplinary major have both the breadth and the particular preparation to succeed in the FST major. To facilitate the articulation of transfer courses into the major, the academic advisor confers with each incoming transfer student.

Prerequisite Courses

There are no prerequisite courses required for admission into the Film Studies BA program.

Required Courses

DMS 107 Film & Media History 1, ENG 379 Film Genres, and 2 additional courses in Film Theory / History / Criticism / Analysis (minimum of 14 credits total, see list below)
DMS 259 Introduction to Media Analysis and 3 additional courses in Critical Theory / Cultural Studies (minimum of 13 credits total. see list below)
ENG 442 Modernism and Film and 2 additional courses in World Cinema (minimum of 10 credits total)
3 electives from approved list (minimum of 9 credits total)

Requirements and options for these categories are listed below. Students must complete a total of at least 24 credits at the 300 or 400 level as part of their major. Equivalent courses may be allowed, as determined by the Director of the Film Studies Program.

Film Theory / History / Criticism / Analysis courses

Critical Theory / Cultural Studies courses

World Cinema courses

Elective courses

Departmental Honors Requirements

These honors are given for outstanding achievements as well as outstanding service to the university and community.
Dept. GPA between 3.250- 3.500= Distinction
Dept. GPA between 3.500-3.750= High
Dept. GPA between 3.750-4.000= Highest

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Film Studies BA degree
Credits Required for Major50
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 30
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Jan 30, 2023 10:57:13