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World Cinema Curriculum

 

 

Curriculum Map:

Below is the breakdown of the 120 semester hours required for graduation.  The specific requirements for the major consist of 39 credits and include courses stipulated in the curriculum map below. All students take a 15-credit core of required courses that consists of an introduction to world cinema (LANG 2540); an upper-division introductory course to film studies (ENGL 3570); a film theory and criticism course (ENGL 4510); a capstone seminar (WCIN 4960); and 3 credit hours of internship or study abroad component (WCIN 4990 or WCIN 4040). In addition to these core requirements, students take 9 credit hours of the Critical Approaches to Film & Media Requirement (Group A), 9 credit hours of the Film in International Context Requirement (Group B); and 6 credit hours of the Creative Approaches Requirement (Group C). The area requirements (Groups A-C) expand the students’ core knowledge of film criticism, increase and solidify their understanding of the diverse cultural contexts in which film and digital media are produced around the world, and provide them with the basic knowledge of production processes that are necessary to a proper scholarly and critical approach to film and media studies. In addition, students will work closely with a major advisor to select a minor that complements and strengthens the World Cinema degree. The Group C courses are intended to give students the background they need in technical production underlying the program of study. 

 Core Requirement (15 hours):

LANG 2540 and ENGL 3570 (two-course introduction to the major, required of all majors)

ENGL/COMM 4510 (required of all majors after completing ENGL 3570)

WCIN 4960 (required of all majors)

WCIN 4990 or WCIN 4040 (students select one of these toward the major)

 Group A – Critical Approaches to Film & Media (9 hours): ENGL 4500, ENGL 4520, ENGL 4530, ENGL 4420, ENGL 4430, HIST 4200, PHIL 4750, LANG 4620, COMM 4000, COMM 4020, COMM 4040, THEA 3150. Special topics courses in various departments may qualify as Group A courses. Students should check the program website for a complete list of Group A courses in a given semester.

 Group B – Film in International Context Requirement (9 hours): WCIN 4550, WCIN 4620, WCIN 4570, WCIN 4580, ENGL/LANG 4540, LANG 4550, ITAL 4000, LANG 4600, FR 4120, GER 4550, ITAL 4550, SPAN 4070. Special topics courses in various departments may qualify as Group B courses. Students should check the program website for a complete list of Group B courses in a given semester.

 Group C – Creative Approaches Requirement (6 hours): WCIN 4760, ART 1030, ART 2130, ENGL 3480, ENGL 4480, DPA 3070, DPA 4000, DPA 4020, THEA 2100, THEA 2790. Special topics courses in various departments may qualify as Group C courses. Students should check the program website for a complete list of Group C courses in a given semester.

 Minor Requirements- In addition, as part of the B.A. degree all students are required to complete a 15 hour minor.  The minor is selected that enhances students interests and supports their major.  Options include the minors in Digital Production Arts, Screenwriting, Theatre, Writing, Art, Global Politics, East Asian Studies, Russian Studies, and many others.

 Language Requirements- The foreign language requirement is a proficiency requirement. Students must complete through 2020 in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.

Freshman Year

First Semester

3 – ENGL 1030 Accelerated Composition

4 – Foreign Language Requirement1

3 – LANG 2540 Introduction to World Cinemas

3 – Mathematics Requirement2

3 – Cross-Cultural Awareness Requirement3

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16

Second Semester

3 – Arts and Humanities (Literature) Requirement4

4 – Foreign Language Requirement1

3 – Social Science Requirement2

4 – Natural Science with Lab Requirement2

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14

Sophomore Year

First Semester

3 – ENGL 3570 Film

3 – Arts and Humanities (Non-Lit) Requirement5

3 – Foreign Language Requirement1

3 – Mathematics or Natural Science Requirement2

3 – COMM 1500 Intro. To Human Comm. or

      3 – COMM 2500 Public Speaking

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15

Second Semester

3 – ENGL/COMM 4510 Film Theory and Criticism

3 – Foreign Language Requirement1

3 – Major Requirement

3 – Minor Requirement

3 – Science and Tech. in Society Requirement2

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15

 

Junior Year

First Semester

6 – Major Requirement

3 – Minor Requirement

3 – WCIN 4990 World Cinema Practicum or

     3 – WCIN 4040 Study Abroad Transfer

3 – Elective

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15

Second Semester

6 – Major Requirement

3 – Minor Requirement

3 – Social Science Requirement2

3 – Elective

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15

Senior Year

First Semester

6 – Major Requirement

3 – Minor Requirement

6 – Elective

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15

Second Semester

3 – WCIN 4960 Capstone Seminar

3 – Major Requirement

3 – Minor Requirement

6 – Electives

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15

120 Total Semester Hours

1 The foreign language requirement is a proficiency requirement. Students must complete through 2020 in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish. 2 See General Education Requirements.

3 ANTH 2010, GEOG 1030, HIST 1730, 1930. 4 ENGL 2020, 2120, 2130, 2140, 2150.

5Any of the General Education Arts and Humanities (Non-Lit.) courses except ENGL 3570, ENGL(LANG) 4540, THEA 2100, 2790.

Did you know?
World film production continued to grow from 2005 to 2011, with a 39% increase. During this period, about 100 countries produced professional feature films for theatrical release, with an average of 5,987 feature films being produced per year.
Films in 2011Unesco, http://www.uis.unesco.org/culture/Documents/IP14-2013-cinema-survey-analysis-en.pdf