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Film Studies

Film Studies

The film studies option within the English major is designed to prepare students for a range of professional careers in areas such as screenwriting, film criticism, video production and the teaching of film, as well as graduate programs in film studies.

Required courses give students a strong grounding in film history, verbal and visual narrative, and the critical terms and techniques used in both film and literary analysis. Electives give students the option of emphasizing either the creative approach or the critical approach to moving-image media, or a combination of the two.

The film studies option also affords students the opportunity to create video productions using state-of-the art digital video and editing equipment and the possibility of airing their productions on cable TV. Offered in cooperation with the College of Arts & Media, the film studies option can be completed entirely on the Auraria campus.

General Requirements: 39 credit hours

Students majoring in English must complete a total of 39 hours in English. Twenty-seven hours must be earned in upper-division courses. None of the required 39 hours may be taken Pass/Fail. Only courses completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better may be counted toward the major. A minimum of 15 upper-division hours of work in the English Major must be taken with the CU Denver English faculty. Core composition courses (ENGL 1010, 1020, and 2030) do not count toward the English major. NOTE: While students need only 39 hours to complete the major, they may not count more than 48 hours in the department toward graduation. Double majors in English and English Writing are exempt from the 48-hour rule and must complete 63 hours total for both majors. Students can only do one option (literature, film or creative writing) within the English major. Students may double major in English and English Writing.

Advanced Standing: CLEP and AP credit will not count toward the English Major or the English Writing Major. Such credit is awarded at the 1000 level and may apply toward the college writing requirement (ENGL 1020) or counted as general electives. Check with CLAS Advising for details.

Minors: The English Department also offers a minor in Literature, Writing, Creative Writing and Film Studies. Courses counted in a minor cannot be counted toward the major.

Honors Program: Latin Honors may be earned by participating in the department's Honors Program. You are encouraged to begin the program in your junior year. The program requires additional coursework and affords you the opportunity to work individually with the professor of your choice. Handouts are available in the English office.

Internships: Internships are also available to students who have completed over 60 credit hours. For information, contact the Career Center at 556-2250 in the Tivoli, Suite 267. Internships count as upper-division electives.

Teaching Certification: Students interested in teaching in secondary schools may complete their teaching certification along with completing the IPTE English major for teachers. Students must be advised by the IPTE advisor.


I. Required Courses (15 credit hours)

ENGL 2250, Introduction to Film

ENGL 2450, Introduction to Literature

ENGL 3070, Film History I

ENGL 3080, Film History II

ENGL 4420, Film Theory and Criticism

Prerequisite: ENGL 3070 or 3080

II. Area Requirements (24 credit hours). Choose eight courses.

Students may take courses in all areas.

Eighteen of the 24 credit hour minimum must be at the 3000/4000 level.

Critical Studies

ENGL 1601, Telling Tales: Narrative Art in Literature & Film

ENGL 3001, Critical Writing

ENGL 3075, Film Genres*

ENGL 3085, Film Directors*

ENGL 3200, From Literature to Film

ENGL 3300-3324, Topics in Film*

ENGL 4190, Special Topics in Rhetoric and Writing*

(film focused only; e.g., Film and Rhetoric)

ENGL 4770, Topics in English: Film and Literature*

(film focused only; e.g., Recent International Cinema)

ENGL Any 3000 or 4000 level literature course

ENGL 4990, Senior Writing Project in Creative Writing or Film Studies


    Note: Equivalent screenwriting courses may be taken through the College of Arts & Media.

    ENGL 2390, Writing the Short Script

    ENGL 2415, Introduction to Movie Writing

    ENGL 3415, Screenwriting Workshop (repeatable once)

    ENGL 4990, Senior Writing Project in Creative Writing or Film


    Note: Production courses must be taken through the College of Arts & Media.

    TFVP 1050, Film/Video Production & Postproduction I

    FILM 2050, Film/Video Production & Postproduction II

    *Repeatable if a different genre/director/topic.