Aug 23, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Cinema Studies, B.A.

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The B.A. in Cinema Studies is a liberal arts-based program in film history, theory, and criticism, including coursework in film genres, aesthetics, industry and technology, filmmaking and screenwriting, as well as advanced seminars. It culminates in a capstone course in which students do substantive research and writing on topics ranging from eco-cinema to Hollywood stardom, from Detroit media to audience and reception theory.

The B.A. in Cinema Studies with a specialization in filmmaking is a liberal arts-based B.A. including a solid foundation in film history and theory and a specialized sequence of filmmaking courses. The broad-based approach gives students hands-on experience with every aspect of narrative, documentary, essay, short-form and experimental filmmaking, from writing scripts, directing and cinematography to editing and post-production effects work. It culminates in an intensive capstone course that enables students to graduate having produced a substantive thesis film project.

Program honors

Departmental honors may be awarded to graduating cinema studies majors for outstanding achievement.


Requirements for the liberal arts major in cinema studies, B.A.

The Cinema Studies major shall require a total of 48 credit hours. Only 16 transfer credits may be counted towards the Cinema Studies major. Only courses in which the student has earned a grade of  C may be counted towards the Cinema Studies major.

1. One introductory-level course selected from

4. One additional course in cinema studies electives selected from

5. Four courses in cinema studies electives selected from

7. One capstone course selected from

  • CIN 4900  - Advanced Topics in Film (4)
  • CIN 4901  - Advanced Topics in Film Theory (4)

Additional Information

In addition to these major requirements, students must complete the Oakland University General Education Requirements , the College of Arts and Sciences College Exploratory Requirement , and an appropriate number of free elective classes to meet the overall credit requirement for the degree (in most cases 124; some degrees may require a greater number).

As a general rule, no more than eight credits of course work used to satisfy one major, minor or concentration may be applied toward another, but exceptions to this rule may be allowed with the written approval of the program coordinators.

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