Film Studies

Prospective Students

Getting into the Film Major

Film Studies is a much sought-after major, and our limited resources require us to place restrictions on admission. Students who are considering a Film Studies major should consult with the department chair as soon as possible in order to receive advising regarding the major.

To be accepted into the Film Studies major, students are required to have completed two prerequisites, Film 304: History of World Cinema to the 1960s and Film 307: The Language of Hollywood: Styles, Storytelling, and Technology, with a suitable grade in both. These courses introduce students to the film history canon and provide them with a foundation in narrative and stylistic analysis. In addition, students applying for the major must have an overall grade average of B (85.0) or better at Wesleyan, and must complete a written application at the end of January their sophomore year. Film studies faculty will evaluate applications based on performance in film studies classes (including but not limited to grades) and any other factors deemed pertinent.

Students applying for the major who have not received a suitable grade in either Film 304 or Film 307 and/or students who do not have an overall GPA of 85 or above, are eligible to have their admission cases arbitrated. If students considering the major believe they may be an arbitration case, they should consult with the chair or departmental advisors.

Because of the prerequisites and major requirements, students transferring to Wesleyan beginning their junior year are not able to declare the Film Studies major.