Film Studies (co-major)


No specific degree is designated for this co-major. Students select another major at Miami (receiving the degree designation of that major) and choose Film Studies as a second major.

What is Film Studies (co-major)?

Film Studies is an interdisciplinary co-major that explores the interaction between film, culture and society. As the medium and art form that has had the most profound and pervasive influence on modern culture, understanding film is fundamental to understanding our world, our societies and ourselves. At its core, film is a language; Film Studies students become fluent in this language and are thus able to critically engage its larger components as they pervade our culture and our daily lives: elements such as image, editing, sequencing, and narrative and temporal relations surround us continually. With this basis, Film Studies students engage in the rigorous analysis of films from a variety of genres, time periods and countries. Film Studies students interested in production also have the opportunity to direct, shoot and edit their own short films.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Miami University Film Society

The student-run Miami University Film Society hosts regular screenings on campus, as well as field-trips to off campus screenings and events. See their Facebook page for more information.

Colored Lens

The student-run Colored Lens consumes, critiques and creates intersectional, LGBTQ+ media in a safe and welcoming environment.

Research seminar

Film Studies majors present their original research in a yearly Film Studies Research Seminar, which is open to the public.

Telluride Film Festival

Select students (based on GPA and professor recommendation) may be eligible to attend Miami's program at the Telluride Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado in September.


Internships are periodically available for students who meet the application requirements (GPA and recommendation by professor). Film Studies students have done internships at places such as Film Cincinnati, 4th Row Films, Good Deed Entertainment, and various others.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

Because this degree is a co-major, FST requires students to have a primary major. That major can be any major in the University (except another co-major).

What courses would I take?

Film Studies is a co-major, and thus must be paired with another major outside of the Department of Media, Journalism and Film. The core requirements of the FST major are:

  • MAC 143 - Introduction to Media
  • MAC 146 - Media Aesthetics
  • FST 201 - Film History and Analysis
  • FST 301 - Film Theory
  • FST 401 - Seminar in Film Studies

19-23 additional hours are required, and can include courses in national cinemas, genres, auteurs, film production, and other topics.

What can I do with this major?

Film Studies' emphasis on interdisciplinary connections and cinema as a global medium means that our students are exposed to diverse ideas and peoples, and consequently, as graduates they are able to establish unique paths for themselves wherever they go.

Students who co-major in Film Studies gain critical thinking, reading, writing and viewing skills. In addition, they develop important skills valuable to most businesses, such as creative research and problem-solving, good communication skills and the ability to work in and make important contributions to a team. Our co-major also allows students to study film production, thus many of our students gain the valuable experience of directing, shooting and editing their own movies. As a result, Film Studies students find employment in a wide range of film and media related fields — as directors, producers, writers, editors, curators, festival programmers, marketers, designers, events managers, teachers, or even professors.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Media, Journalism, and Film
Dr. Kerry Hegarty, Area Coordinator
145 Williams Hall
Oxford, OH 45056