Film and Media Studies (FMS) Major

Forms for the FMS Major:

FMS Major Declaration Form
FMS Major Checklist Form

All FMS majors must complete and submit
these forms. The Major Declaration Form
is due at the end of sophomore year; the
FMS Minor Checklist Form is due as part
of the Graduation Packet during senior year.

FMS Major Requirements
The Film and Media Studies major requires the completion of 10 courses:

  • TWO required core courses
  • EIGHT elective courses OR SIX elective courses and a TWO course Senior Honors Thesis

Required Core Courses (TWO courses)
The TWO REQUIRED CORE COURSES impart analytical skills, historical background, and theoretical underpinnings, providing a coherent knowledge base and consistent language among FMS students. The two required core courses are:

  • FMS20 Art of the Moving Image
  • FMS21 Global History of Cinema OR FMS24 20th Century U.S. Television History

We strongly encourage students to take the two required core courses early in their program of study.

Elective Courses (EIGHT courses)
Students must take EIGHT ELECTIVE COURSES (or SIX if undertaking a Senior Honors Thesis) from the list of FMS-approved courses. Of these:

Electives fulfilling each of these requirements are listed on FMS courses.

For students interested in focusing on film production, FMS recommends a focused film and media production sequence.

Senior Honors Thesis (TWO courses)
In the senior year, FMS students may undertake a TWO COURSE SENIOR HONORS THESIS under the guidance of a committee consisting of at least two faculty members, which allows students to do in-depth, self-directed work as scholars and/or artists. Learn more about the Senior Honors Thesis. Students undertaking a TWO course Senior Honors Thesis need only take SIX elective courses along with the TWO required core courses.


  • Electives cannot be "double-counted"—an elective can only fulfill one FMS elective requirement.
  • For students electing to do a double major, it is possible to double count up to FIVE approved courses toward the FMS major.
  • No more than FOUR practice electives may be counted toward the FMS major.
  • An internship through the course FMS99 counts as a practice elective but does not fulfill the film and media practice elective requirement.
  • Only ONE internship taken for credit may be counted toward the FMS major.
  • Only ONE FMS Directed Study (FMS 195) can be counted toward the FMS major.
  • Up to FIVE courses taken abroad or at other universities can be counted toward the FMS major at the discretion of the program director. Contact Khary Jones for details.

List of FMS courses >