The Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies
Since its inception in 1991, the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies has become a dynamic center of interdepartmental and interdisciplinary activity. With active participation from a solid core of faculty members representing fifteen departments from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the School of Education, the Program offers both an Undergraduate and a Graduate Certificate in Film Studies.
The Undergraduate Certificate Program enrolls over 250 undergraduate students from twenty-eight different majors, with over a thousand students successfully completing the program since 1991. The Program has received national recognition from independent sources such as the Eastman-Kodak Corporation (1993, 1995, and 1999) for "academic excellence in support of the future generation of filmmakers." The fall of 2008 saw the inauguration of the Graduate Certificate Program, with students from a broad range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences accepted into the program and doctoral students graduating with the certificate. In Spring 2020 we launched a Film Studies major through BDIC.
Our graduates, both those earning the undergraduate certificate in film studies and those with the graduate certificate, go on to distinguish themselves as scholars, artists, and professionals in the demanding and competitive areas of film and video. Recently, members of our faculty have received grants from foundations such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, the Getty Foundation and AMC Cinemas, as well as numerous Faculty Research Grants, Distinguished Teaching Awards, and other distinctions.