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Description

The film studies program is housed in the Department of English. The program is centered on a core curriculum of four courses in the history of film, film genre, film directors, as well as film theory and criticism. To these core courses are added related courses, particularly those that integrate the study of moving image culture with rhetoric, philosophy, literary criticism, ethnic literature and visual cultures of all types. The program is designed for students who wish to ultimately work in academic film studies, and also for students who wish to understand film better as an art form, as popular culture, and as a major medium of communication.
 

Admission

College Admission

The entrance requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences are the same as the UNL General Admission Requirements. Students who are admitted through the Admission by Review process may have certain conditions attached to their enrollment at UNL. These conditions are explained under “Removal of Deficiencies.”

In addition to these requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences strongly recommends a third and fourth year of one foreign language in high school. Four years of high school coursework in the same language will fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences’ language requirement. It will also allow students to continue language study at a more advanced level at UNL, and provide more opportunity to study abroad.

Advising

Academic and Career Advising

The Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather is a centrally located and easily accessed resource for students in all majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. The professional academic advisors and career coaches offer 1-1 meetings on a walk-in and appointment basis weekdays. Advisors will provide assistance choosing majors and minors, understanding degree requirements and academic policies, completing paperwork, meeting deadlines, adding/dropping courses, and planning for graduation. In addition, career coaches can help students identify career options related to their interests and connect them with experiences like internships, research, and more that will prepare them for those career options. These specially trained advisors and coaches also serve as first point of contact in the College for all incoming freshmen and transfer students during New Student Enrollment.

Students in the College who have declared a major will be assigned an academic advisor who is their first point of contact for a variety of questions. Academic advisors help students be successful in adjusting to UNL overall as well as making progress toward degree completion. The assigned advisor may be located within the department of their primary major, or in the Advising Center. Students can identify their assigned advisor in MyRED on the academics tab. In addition, faculty advisors are experts in their discipline, including advanced coursework and requirements, opportunities for research, student organizations, and considering graduate school in the discipline. Students who have declared a pre-health or pre-law area of interest will also work with advisors in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (Explore Center) in 127 Love Library South, who are specially trained to guide students preparing to enter a professional school.

For complete and current information on advisors for majors, minors, or pre-professional areas, contact the Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall, 402-472-4190, http://cas.unl.edu/advising.

College Degree Requirements

College Distribution Requirements

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (16 hours + Language)

The College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements are designed to ensure a breadth of courses within the liberal arts degree. By engaging in study in several different areas within the College, students develop the ability to learn in a variety of ways and apply their knowledge from a variety of perspectives. All requirements are in addition to University ACE requirements.

  • A student may not use a single course to satisfy both an ACE outcome and a College distribution requirement.
  • A student may not use a single course to satisfy more than one College Distribution Requirement. 
  • A student may not use a course from their primary major to satisfy the Breadth Requirement (F), but may apply an ancillary requirement of the primary major or a course from their second major toward this requirement.
  • Independent study, directed readings, or internship courses cannot be used to satisfy a College Distribution Requirement.
  • Cross-listed courses from interdisciplinary programs will be applied in the same area as courses from the home/cross-listed department.
College Distribution Requirements
CDR A - Written Communication3
Select from courses approved for ACE outcome 1.
CDR B and BL - Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences with Lab4
Select from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, meteorology, mathematics, physics and statistics. Must include one lab in the natural or physical sciences. Lab courses may be selected from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, meteorology and physics.
Some courses from geography and anthropology may also be used to satisfy the lab requirement above. 1
CDR C - Humanities3
Select from classics, English, history, modern languages and literatures, philosophy, and religious studies. 2
CDR D - Social Science3
Select from anthropology, communication studies, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology. 3
CDR E - Language0-16
Fulfilled by the completion of the 6-credit-hour second-year sequence in a single foreign language in one of the following departments: Classics and religious studies, or modern languages and literatures. Instruction is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.
A student who has completed the fourth-year level of one foreign language in high school is exempt from the languages requirement, but encouraged to continue on in their language study.
CDR F - Additional Breadth3
Select from natural, physical and mathematical sciences (Area B), humanities (Area C), or social sciences (Area D). Cannot be a course from the primary major.
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16-32

Scientific Base

Bachelor of Science Only (60 hours)

The bachelor of science degree requires students to complete 60 hours in mathematical, physical and natural sciences. Approved courses for scientific base credit come from the following College of Arts and Sciences disciplines: actuarial science, anthropology (selected courses), astronomy, biochemistry (excluding BIOC 101), biological sciences (excluding BIOS 100 or BIOS 203), chemistry (excluding CHEM 101), computer science (excluding CSCE 10), geography (selected courses), geology, life sciences, mathematics (excluding courses below MATH 104), meteorology, microbiology, physics and statistics.

See your degree audit or a College of Arts and Sciences advisor for a complete list including individual classes that fall outside of the disciplines listed above. Up to 12 hours of scientific and technical courses offered by other colleges may be accepted toward this requirement with approval of a college advisor.

Language Requirement

UNL and the College of Arts and Sciences place great value on academic exposure and proficiency in a second language. The UNL entrance requirement of two years of the same foreign language or the College’s language distribution requirement (CDR E) will rarely be waived and only with relevant documentation. See the main College of Arts and Sciences page for more details.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences. A total grade point average of at least 2.0 is required.

Grade Rules

Restrictions on C- and D Grades

The College will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other domestic institutions except for UNO and UNK. All courses taken at UNO and UNK impact the UNL transcript. No transfer of C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. No UNL C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. International coursework (including education abroad) with a final grade equivalent to a C- or lower will not be validated by College of Arts and Sciences departments to be degree applicable.

Pass/No Pass Privilege

The College of Arts and Sciences adheres to the University regulations for the Pass/No Pass (P/N) privilege with the following additional regulations:

  • Pass/No Pass hours can count toward fulfillment of University ACE requirements and college distribution requirements up to the 24-hour maximum.
  • Most arts and sciences departments and programs do not allow courses graded Pass/No Pass to apply to the major or minor. Students should refer to the department’s or program’s section of the catalog for clarification. By college rule, departments can allow up to 6 hours of Pass/No Pass in the major or minor.
  • Departments may specify that certain courses of theirs can be taken only on a P/N basis.
  • The college will permit no more than a total of 24 semester hours of P/N grades to be applied toward degree requirements. This total includes all Pass grades earned at UNL and other U.S. schools. NOTE: This 24-hour limit is more restrictive than the University regulation.

Grading Appeals

A student who feels that he/she has been unfairly graded must ordinarily take the following sequential steps in a timely manner, usually by initiating the appeal in the semester following the awarding of the grade:

  1. Talk with the instructor concerned. Most problems are resolved at this point.
  2. Talk to the instructor’s department chairperson.
  3. Take the case to the Grading Appeal Committee of the department concerned. The Committee should be contacted through the department chairperson.
  4. Take the case to the College Grading Appeals Committee by contacting the Dean’s Office, 1223 Oldfather Hall.

Course Level Requirements

Courses Numbered at the 300 or 400 Level

Thirty (30) of the 120 semester hours of credit must be in courses numbered at the 300 or 400 level. Of those 30 hours, 15 hours (1/2) must be completed in residence at UNL.

Residency Requirement

Students must complete at least 30 of the 120 total hours for their degree at UNL. Students must complete at least 1/2 of their major coursework including 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level in their major, and 15 of the 30 hours required at the 300 or 400 level in residence. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement only if students register through UNL.

ACE Requirements

Consistent with the mission and values of the University, ACE is based on a shared set of four institutional objectives and ten student learning outcomes. The ACE program was approved by faculty in all eight undergraduate colleges and endorsed by the Faculty Senate, the student government, and the Academic Planning Committee in January 2008 for implementation in the fall 2009. ACE aligns with current national initiatives in general education.

To meet the ACE Program requirement, a student will complete a minimum of 3 credit hours for each of the ten ACE Student Learning Outcomes (a total of 30 ACE credit hours). See the ACE website at: http://ace.unl.edu for the most current information and the most recently certified courses.

Catalog to Use

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. Beginning in 1990-1991 the catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of film studies will be able to:

  1. Become conversant with the history, theory, and criticism of film in a number of cultures.
  2. Understand the main outlines of the history, theory, and practice of film on an international scale.
  3. Understand the artistic development in at least one area of specialization within film studies.
  4. Understand the main contributions of cinematic culture to our society as a whole.
  5. Understand and appreciate the many contributions by women and minority filmmakers in cinema history.
  6. Understand how film has become part of digital culture, and how it will operate in the 21st century.
  7. Understand how the historical and critical study of film is constantly evolving, as new discoveries enlarge the existing canon of film history.
  8. Develop critical and writing skills that convey the information learned as part of this process.
  9. Understand how the archival preservation of film texts is an essential part of film studies.
  10. Conduct both primary and secondary research (including using the library) and understand the uses and limitations of the information yielded by various research methodologies.

Major Requirements

Thirty (30) hours of approved coursework, including 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level, of which at least 6 hours must be taken at the 400 level.

Core Requirements

ENGL 213EIntroduction to Film History3
ENGL 219Film Genre3
ENGL 239Film Directors3
ENGL 373Film Theory and Criticism3
ENGL 487English Capstone Experience3
Total Credit Hours15

Specific Major Requirements

Group A Courses
Select two from any of the following:6
English
Introduction to LGBTQ Literature
Introduction to Film History
Film Genre
Shakespeare
Film Directors
Film Period
Literary/Critical Theory
Literature and the Other Arts
Women in Popular Culture
Shakespeare on Screen
National Cinemas
Film Theory and Criticism
Film
Film Directors
Writing For Film
English Capstone Experience
Music
Music in Film
History of American Jazz
Theatre Arts
Introduction to Theatre
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Group B Courses
Select three from any of the following:9
Art and Art History
Modern Art
American Art 1865-1945
European Art of the Twentieth Century
Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
Art since 1945
Post-Modernism
American Art, 1893-1939
History of Photography
Photography Since 1960
Ceramics for Non-majors: Wheelthrowing
Beginning Drawing
Contemporary Issues in Music and the Arts
Photography for Non-majors
Printmaking for Non-majors
Sculpture for Non-majors
Communication Studies 1
Visual Communication
Public Advocacy and Civic Engagement
Communication and Popular Culture
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Argumentation
Communication in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Theories of Persuasion
Gender and Communication
Rhetorical Theory
Media and Culture
Communicating Organizational Culture and Power
English
Introduction to Native American Literature
Introduction to Rhetorical Theory
Ethnicity and Film
Black Women Authors
Chicana and/or Chicano Literature
Genre
Ethnic Literature
Advanced Theory
Rhetoric
Rhetorical Theory: Rhetoric of Women Writers
Digital Archives and Editions
Philosophy
Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophy and Current Issues
Philosophy of Feminism
Aesthetics
Sociology
Sociology of Mass Media
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9

Minor Requirement

Film Studies majors must complete a minor or second major. The department recommends the following minors for consideration:
 

Anthropology: Plan A/18 hrs

Art: Plan A/18 hrs

Art History: Plan A/20 hrs

Classics: Plan A/18 hrs

Communication Studies: Plan A/18 hrs

English: Plan A/18 hrs

Ethnic Studies: Plan A/18 hrs

History: Plan A/18 hrs

Philosophy: Plan A/18 hrs

Theatre Arts: Plan A/18 hrs

Women and Gender Studies: Plan A/18 hrs

Additional Major Requirements

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or above is required for all courses in the major and minor.

Pass/No Pass Limits

No course taken Pass/No Pass will be counted toward the major or minor.

Course Level Requirement

Twelve (12) hours must be taken at the 300 or 400 level, of which at least 6 hours must be taken at the 400 level.

Requirements for Minor Offered by Department

Eighteen (18) hours, including at least 12 hours from courses listed in Group A of the major. Students are directed to course listings in Group B for additional course offerings in the film studies minor.

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or above is required for all courses in the major and minor.

Pass/No Pass

No course taken Pass/No Pass will be counted toward the major or minor.

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.


Film Studies (B.A.)

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
14 HR TERM 1
ACE 1 Written TextsCritical
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr
ACE 1 requirement is ideally completed in the first term of enrollment. It becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment.

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr

CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
5hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR E is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 2
CDR A: Writing
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr
Complete an additional course approved as ACE 1. ENGL 254 is recommended to fulfill the CDR A requirement.

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr

CDR C: Humanities
complete 1 from Any Arabic Course at the 300 Level*, Any Classics Course*, CHIN3***, CHIN4***, Any Czech Course at the 300 Level*, Any Czech Course at the 400 Level*, Any English Course*, FREN 282, Any French Course at the 300 Level*, Any French Course at the 400 Level*, GERM 282, Any German Course at the 300 Level*, Any German Course at the 400 Level*, Any Greek Course at the 300 Level*, Any Greek Course at the 400 Level*, Any Hebrew Course at the 300 Level*, Any History Course*, Any Japanese Course at the 300 Level*, Any Japanese Course at the 400 Level*, Any Latin Course at the 300 Level*, Any Latin Course at the 400 Level*, Any Philosophy Course*, Any Religious Studies Course at any Level*, Any Russian Course at the 300 Level*, Any Russian Course at the 400 Level*, SPAN 264, SPAN 265, Any Spanish Course at the 300 Level*, Any Spanish Course at the 400 Level*
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Humanities discipline: ARAB, CLAS, CZEC, ENGL, FILM, FREN, GERM, GREK, HEBR, HIST, JAPN, LATN, PHIL, RELG, RUSS, SPAN.

CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
5hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR E is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.

Electives
complete Any Course
1hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 3
Film Studies CoreCritical
complete ENGL 213E
3hr
C
ENGL 213E is ideally completed in the third term of enrollment. It becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fifth term of enrollment.

ACE 6 Social Sciences
complete 1 from ACE6
3hr

ACE 3 Math/Statistics
complete 1 from ACE3
3hr

CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR E is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 4
Film Studies CoreCritical
complete ENGL219, ENGL239
6hr
C
ENGL 219 and 239 are ideally completed in the fourth term of enrollment. They become critical to your success in the major if not completed by the sixth term of enrollment.

ACE 4 Sciences
complete 1 from ACE4
3hr

CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR E is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
ENGL 300 is recommended for this term.
16 HR TERM 5
Film Studies Group A
Complete 2 approved courses from Broadcasting, English, Music, or Theatre Arts.

ACE 2 Communication Skill
complete 1 from ACE2
3hr

CDR B: Math/Sci w/Lab
complete 1 from Approved Science Courses
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Math or Science discipline with a lab: ASTR, BIOC, BIOS, CHEM, CSCE, GEOL, LIFE, MATH, METR, PHYS, STAT (select ANTH or GEOG allowed).

CDR B: Lab
complete 1 from ASCLAB1
1hr
Complete an approved lab associated with a course from a Math or Science discipline: BIOS, CHEM, GEOL, LIFE, METR, PHYS (select ANTH or GEOG allowed).

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.

Milestones
  1. Declare minor as required by the major.
15 HR TERM 6
Film Studies Core
complete ENGL 373
3hr
C

Film Studies Group B
Complete an approved course from Art, Art History, Communication Studies, English, Philosophy, or Sociology.

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 7
Film Studies Group B
Complete 2 approved course from Art, Art History, Communication Studies, English, Philosophy, or Sociology. Select one 300 level course and one 400 level course.

CDR D: Social Sciences
complete 1 from Any Anthropology Course, Any Communications Course, Any Geography Course, Any National Securities Studies Course, Any Political Science Course, Any Psychology Course, Any Sociology Course
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Social Science discipline: ANTH, COMM, GEOG, NSST, POLS, PSYC, SOCI.

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 8
Film Studies Capstone
complete ENGL 487
3hr
C
ENGL 487 will fulfill the ACE 10 requirement.

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr

CDR F: Additional Breadth
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved additional courses from CDR B, CDR C, or CDR D that is outside of the discipline of your primary major.

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
Graduation Requirements
  1. A minimum 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
  2. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***
  3. Complete 30 hours in residence at UNL.
    4. Complete 30 hours at the 300 or 400 level.

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Transferable Skills

  • Communicate clearly using different forms of writing to and for a variety of different audiences
  • Develop and defend evidence based arguments
  • Analyze and interpret difficult texts
  • Use various methods of literary analysis
  • Support and communicate claims using clear evidence
  • Express ideas creatively
  • Advocate for marginalized or underrepresented groups
  • Communicate confidently and appropriately with individuals of different cultures
  • Comprehend and critically evaluate complex information
  • Defend and discuss complex issues from multiple angles

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Production Associate, Nebraska Educational Telecommunications - Lincoln NE
  • Library Services Associate, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Account Coordinator, The Minnow Project - Lincoln NE
  • Production Assistant, 1865 Entertainment - Los Angeles CA
  • Copywriter, Bailey Lauerman - Omaha NE
  • Intern, 5 City TV - Lincoln NE
  • Video Production Intern, Database USA - Omaha NE
  • Content Coordinator, Railyard Entertainment - Lincoln NE
  • Office Manager, Bob Kerrey Campaign - Lincoln NE
  • Film Marketing Specialist, AMC Theatres - Leawood KS

Internships

  • Intern, Cannes International Film Festival - Cannes, France
  • Film & Image Collection Intern, Nebraska Historical Society - Lincoln NE
  • Film Production Intern, Alexander Payne's film "Nebraska" - Norfolk NE
  • Intern, Film Streams - Omaha NE
  • Intern, Dell - Lincoln NE
  • Public Relations Intern, WRK, LLC - Lincoln NE
  • Intern, Sandhills Publishing - Lincoln NE
  • Summer Intern, Southwestern - International
  • Intern, Sandhills Publishing - Lincoln NE
  • Intern, Nebraska Dept of Health & Human Services - Lincoln NE

Graduate & Professional Schools

  • Master's Degree, Cinema and Media Studies, University of California-Los Angeles - Los Angeles CA
  • Master's Degree, Secondary English Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE