Film and Media Studies Major Requirements

(See also Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.)

Because the program emphasizes the historical, cultural, and social context of cinema, Film and Media Studies is an excellent program for undergraduates interested in a broadly humanistic education as well as for those preparing for a career in the field. A departmental faculty advisor assigned to each undergraduate major helps plan individual courses of study. Undergraduates are encouraged to participate fully in all departmental activities.

In addition to core required courses, each student must complete a critical studies, screenwriting or production track for the major. All courses applied toward the major must be taken for a letter grade and a grade of C- or better must be earned. Courses taken at another institution that are not directly equivalent to a JHU course may not apply towards the major without permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. 

Core Required Courses
AS.061.140Introduction to Cinema, 1892-19413
AS.061.141Introduction to Cinema, 1941-present3
AS.061.226Special Topics: Writing About Film (preferred)3
or AS.060.113 Expository Writing
or AS.060.114 Expository Writing
or AS.060.100 Introduction to Expository Writing
or AS.360.133 Freshman Seminar: Great Books at Hopkins
Foreign language (two semesters at elements level or demonstrated proficiency equivalent to one year of elements)6-9
Completion of One Track in Critical Studies, Screenwriting, or Production33-36
Total Credits48-54

Tracks

CRITICAL STUDIES TRACK
AS.061.150Introduction to Film Production3
or AS.061.145 Introduction to Digital Video Production: Visual Language
or AS.061.152 Introduction to Digital Video Production
Two (2) 200-level critical studies film courses (POS tag FILM-CRITST). Screenwriting courses cannot be applied for this requirement.6
Seven (7) 300- or 400-level critical studies film courses (POS tag FILM-CRITST). A maximum of 2 classes outside of Film and Media studies can count toward this requirement. Students are strongly encouraged to take at least one course focusing on cinema outside the United States. Screenwriting courses cannot be applied to this requirement. MI.061 classes cannot count toward this requirement.21
AS.061.441Senior Capstone Project: Critical Studies3
Total Credits33
SCREENWRITING TRACK
AS.061.150Introduction to Film Production3
or AS.061.145 Introduction to Digital Video Production: Visual Language
or AS.061.152 Introduction to Digital Video Production
One (1) Intermediate Film Production or Intermediate Digital Production Course (note: the prerequisite for Intermediate Film Production is AS.061.150; the prerequisite for intermediate Digital Production is AS.061.145 or AS.061.152). The course chosen to fulfill this requirement must have POS tag FILM-PROD.3
One (1) 200-level critical studies film course (POS tag FILM-CRITST). Screenwriting courses cannot be applied to this requirement.3
Select one course: Visual Storytelling or Media and Narrative3
AS.061.205Introduction to Screenwriting3
AS.061.373Intermediate Screenwriting3
AS.061.404Advanced Screenwriting3
One (1) 200-300 level screenwriting course (POS tag FILM-SCRWRT).3
Three (3) 300- or 400-level critical studies film courses (POS tag FILM-CRITST). A maximum of one class outside of Film and Media Studies can count toward this requirement. Students are strongly encouraged to take at least one course focusing on cinema outside the United States. Screenwriting courses cannot be applied to this requirement. MI.061 classes cannot count toward this requirement.9
Senior Capstone: Screenwriting3
Total Credits36
PRODUCTION TRACK
AS.061.150Introduction to Film Production3
AS.061.145Introduction to Digital Video Production: Visual Language3
or AS.061.152 Introduction to Digital Video Production
One (1) 200-level critical studies film course (POS tag FILM-CRITST). Screenwriting courses cannot be applied to this requirement.3
Four (4) 300- or 400-level critical studies film courses (POS tag FILM-CRITST). A maximum of one class outside of Film and Media studies can count toward this requirement. Students are strongly encouraged to take at least one course focusing on cinema outside the United States. Screenwriting courses cannot be applied to this requirement. MI.061 classes cannot count toward this requirement.12
One (1) 200-300 level screenwriting course (POS tag FILM-SCRWRT). 3
One (1) Intermediate Film Production or Intermediate Digital Video Production Course (note: the prerequisite for Intermediate Film Production is AS.061.150; the prerequisite for intermediate digital production is AS.061.145 or AS.061.152). The course chosen to fulfill this requirement should have POS tag FILM-PROD.3
One (1) Advanced Film Production Course. This will be a 300- to 400-level course with POS tag FILM-PROD.3-6
AS.061.440Senior Capstone Project: Production3
Total Credits33-36

Sample Program of Study

Critical Studies Track

First Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
AS.061.1403AS.061.1413
One of the listed writing courses3One Foreign Language3
One Foreign Language3One intro production course3
 9 9
Second Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
Two 200-level Critical Studies Film Courses6Two 300- or 400-level Critical Studies Film Courses6
 6 6
Third Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
Two 300- or 400-level Critical Studies Film Courses6Two 300- or 400-level Critical Studies Film Courses6
 6 6
Fourth Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
One 300- or 400-level Critical Studies Film Courses3AS.061.4413
 3 3
Total Credits 48

Screenwriting Track

First Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
AS.061.1403AS.061.1413
One of listed writing courses3AS.061.2053
One foreign language3One foreign language3
 9 9
Second Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
One 200-level critical studies film course (POS tag FILM-CRITST)3Intermediate Film Production (200-level film or digital film production course with POS tag FILM-PROD)3
One introductory film production course3AS.061.3733
 6 6
Third Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
One 300 or 400-level critical studies film course (POS tag FILM-CRITST)3One 300 or 400-level critical studies film course (POS tag FILM-CRITST)3
AS.061.4043One screenwriting elective (FILM-SCRWRT)3
Visual Storytelling or Media & Narrative3 
 9 6
Fourth Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
One 300 or 400-level critical studies course (POS tag FILM-CRITST)3Senior Capstone Project: Screenwriting3
 3 3
Total Credits 51

Production Track

First Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
AS.061.1403AS.061.1413
AS.061.150, 145, or 1523AS.061.150, 145, or 1523
One listed writing course3One Foreign Language3
One Foreign Language3 
 12 9
Second Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
One 200-level Critical Studies Film Course3One 300- or 400-level Critical Studies Film Course3
One 200- or 300-level Screenwriting Course3One Intermediate Film Production or Intermediate Digital Video Production Course3
 6 6
Third Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
One 300- or 400-level Critical Studies Film Course3One 300- or 400-level Critical Studies Film Course3
 One Advanced Film Production Course (300-400 level course with POS-Tag FILM-PROD)3
 3 6
Fourth Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
One 300- or 400-level Critical Studies Film Course3AS.061.4403
 3 3
Total Credits 48