Film Studies Program

BA in Film Studies

From academic study to production principles, the Film Studies program provides guidance to our students from accomplished research faculty, hands-on filmmaking instruction, real world experience through internship practicums, and opportunities for success beyond the program for our graduates. The Film Studies Program offers a major that focuses on film analysis and covers the history of cinema, national and global cinemas, film theory and genres, documentary film, and contemporary visual culture. It combines an emphasis on critical thinking, research, problem-solving, written expression, and cultural literacy with the discipline’s unique attention to visual analysis and film production. Students emerge with a greater degree of visual literacy at a time when our culture is becoming increasingly dependent upon visual communication. Graduates have pursued careers in film and related areas of the entertainment industry, journalism, art education, and writing. 

Basic requirements:

Film Studies majors must complete 30 credits in film studies, with a grade of C- or above in every course. At least 15 hours in the major must be in courses at the 3000 level or above. Students must also complete College of Arts and Sciences and University requirements, including University general education requirements. No more than 40 credits in Film Studies may be counted toward graduation.

Program Requirements

Grad Plan for B.A. in Film Studies


For more information on the B.A. in Film Studies and assistance in planning your course of study and filling out the grad plan for the Minor contact the program advisor:

Jennifer Schaffer
M110 Student Success Center
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211