Requirements for the Major - 12 courses

The major in Film Studies consists of 12 courses in total, the requirements of which are broken down as follows (please note that most classes are offered only one semester per academic year):


1. FILM BC3201 (or W3001): Introduction to the Study and Theory of Film (prerequisite for further film courses at Columbia and Barnard. Open to first-year students.)

2. FILM W3100: American Film History, 1930-60

3. FILM W3200: Silent Screen

4. FILM W3201: International Film History, 1930-60
or W3202: International Film History 1960-90


1. FILM R4005: The Film Medium: Script Analysis

2. FILM W3050: The Documentary Tradition
or W4098: Film Theory I

3. FILM W4145: Topics in World Cinema
or with approval of the Program Director, appropriate substitutions from the list of Film elective courses.


1. FILM BC3119: Screenwriting
or W3005: Laboratory in Writing for Film
or BC3120: Feature Film Screenwriting

2. FILM BC3200: Film Production
or W3051: Laboratory in Nonfiction Filmmaking
or W3054: Laboratory in Fiction Filmmaking

3. ENGL BC3998 section 2: Senior Seminar/Film
or FILM BC3990: Senior Seminar in Film Studies
or FILM W3840x: Senior Seminar in Film Studies
For Barnard electives, please consult the Barnard Film Studies course catalogue.
For Columbia electives, please consult the Columbia Film website.

Please Note

  1. The prerequisite for all classes is Introduction to the Study and Theory of Film, open to first-year students.
  2. The Senior Seminar requirement can be fulfilled at Columbia in the fall or at Barnard in the spring (BC 3998y - M. Spiegel).
  3. The Film Program does not offer Independent Study.
  4. There is no minor in Film Studies.