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Certificate in Film Studies

The Certificate in Film Studies is designed for undergraduate students majoring in any field, who also desire a concentration in film studies. The certificate program is a carefully structured, inter-disciplinary sequence of four courses that provides students with a broad introduction to the field of film studies.

Spanning colleges, departments, and academic disciplines, the Certificate in Film Studies provides students with a balanced and multi-faceted course of study that will focus on the functions and manifestations of film as a medium in contemporary Western society.

The proposed course of study grants the student a multi-disciplinary comprehension of film as an aesthetic medium and an understanding of how it describes and has helped shape the socio-political situation of Western civilizations.

The student and the Coordinator will plan the individual course of study, which requires between 12 and 15 semester hours. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required. Courses must be taken on a letter-grade basis. Course of study must be approved by the Coordinator. Students should take at least one course from each group. Courses not included below may be included in the program if approved by the Coordinator.

To receive an application and for more information, contact Andrew Bird, Undergraduate Advisor, at LanguagesAdvise@usf.edu.

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The courses listed below meet the requirements for the certificate. Courses not listed below may be included in the program if approved by the Coordinator.

A .PDF copy of the Program Requirements is available HERE for download.

Certificate Requirements: 12-15 semester hours

Core Course (3 credits, required):
Students will take the following course:

Group I (Area Studies):
Students will take 3-4 credits of elective courses chosen from the following list:

*Please see academic advisor for appropriate General Foreign Language and Special/Selected Topics courses.

Group II (Film Medium & History) :
Students will take 3-4 credits of elective courses chosen from the following list:

Group III (Socio-Political & Historical Perspectives) :
Students will take 3-4 credits of elective courses chosen from the following list:

NOTE: Course of study must be approved by the Coordinator. Ideally, students should take at least one course from each group. Courses not included in the above groups may be included in the program if approved by the Coordinator. A sample paper from one of the courses below must be turned in to the Coordinator before application for graduation.