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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accelerated Bachelor’s degree/Master of Arts in Film Studies

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Dodge College offers a specialized Accelerated Bachelor’s degree/Master of Arts in Film Studies program for Chapman University undergraduates, which enables students to begin taking master of arts coursework in the fall of the senior year and receive a Master of Arts in Film Studies within one year of finishing their undergraduate studies. The accelerated program is open to undergraduate film studies majors, undergraduate majors who fall under the film division of Dodge College and have taken two upper-division film studies classes or an undergraduate in good standing who will be completing a film studies minor by the end of the fall of their senior year. 12 credits of specified graduate classes taken in the senior year may count toward the 48 credits required for the bachelor’s degree and may also count toward the master’s degree. (See the Graduate catalog for more details.)

Students pursuing a major in film studies may only use up to 6 credits of internship coursework to satisfy elective requirements within their major.

Admission to the program

Admission to the program may be achieved by the completion of the following requirements:

  1. Submit an application for admission in the spring of their junior year. (This includes submission of an upper-division paper from a film studies course.)
  2. Be enrolled at Chapman University and have completed 75 credits or more of undergraduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.250 or higher.
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation from faculty (not in film studies).
  4. Complete a personal interview. (This will happen in the second round of application review.)

Admission deadlines

Prospective students are encouraged to submit their application by March 1 for full consideration and first priority.

Requirements for the Accelerated Bachelor’s degree/Master of Arts in Film Studies degree

  1. Complete 12 credits at the 500 or 600 level during the undergraduate senior year. Complete remaining 24 credits the following year.
  2. Successfully complete the thesis project.
  3. Pass an oral defense of the thesis project.

senior year of undergraduate studies requirements (12 credits)

  • FS 545 - Film Theory and Criticism 3 credits
  • FS 552 - Survey of American Cinema, Lecture and Laboratory 3 credits
  • FS 553 - Survey of World Cinema, Lecture and Laboratory 3 credits
  • FS 594 - Film Historiography 3 credits

master of arts year (24 credits)

requirements (9 credits)

  • FS 554 - Contemporary Television Studies 3 credits
  • FS 697 - Film Studies Thesis Workshop I 3 credits
  • FS 698 - Film Studies Thesis Workshop II 3 credits
  • Thesis completion and oral defense

electives (15 credits)

at least one course from each of the following

  • FS 542 - Seminar in Film Studies: Genre and Auteurs 3 credits
  • FS 543 - Advanced Topics World Cinema 3 credits
  • FS 544 - Advanced Topics in Film Studies 3 credits
  • Additional Dodge elective, FS or FTV, at the 500 level or above. 3 credits

total credits 36

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