FMS Major and Minor

The Film & Media Studies Major:

A minimum of 34 credits including FMS 160, 170, and 387. The remaining elective credits may be completed from the list of courses below, as well as other elective courses offered by the FMS program. Students may substitute up to eight of the elective credits with program-approved film and media studies transfer credits. Department policy does not allow a P-D-F grade option for courses within the major.

Senior Assessment: The senior assessment, administered during the student’s senior year, is an in-depth oral exam that focuses on coursework in the major completed at Whitman.

The Film & Media Studies Minor:

A minimum of 20 credits including FMS 160 or 170. The remaining elective credits may be completed from the list of courses below, as well as other elective courses offered by the FMS program. Students may substitute up to four of the elective credits with program-approved film and media studies transfer credits. Department policy does not allow a P-D-F grade option for courses within the minor.

The following courses are also available for the major or minor:

Anthropology 312: Ethnographic Film Studies
Anthropology 325: The Anthropology of New/Digital Media
Art 103: Foundations-Art and Public Engagement
Art 104: Foundations-Digital Processes and Production
Art 109: Foundations-Optical Imaging
Art 114: Foundations-Maker Spaces and Culture
Art 123: Beginning Photography
Art 125: Beginning Digital Printing
Art 180: Beginning New Genre Art Practices
Art 223: Intermediate Photography
Art 225: Intermediate Digital Printing
Art 280: Intermediate New Genre
Art 323: Advanced Photography
Art 325: Advanced Digital Printing
Art 380: Advanced New Genre
Art History and Visual Culture Studies 230: The Social Life of Photography
Art History and Visual Culture Studies 235: Race and American Visual Culture
Art History and Visual Culture Studies 237: Theory and Performance
Art History and Visual Culture Studies 253: Transnational Interplanetary Film & Video Consciousness
Art History and Visual Culture Studies 351: Los Angeles: Art, Architecture, Cultural Geography
Art History and Visual Culture Studies 354: Race, Ethnicity, and the Urban Imaginary
French 409/World Literature 309: French National Cinemas
Music 129: Deconstructing Popular Music
Music 140: Meet the Beatles
Music 271: Introduction to Music Technology
Music 342: Classical Music in Film
Music 371: Intermediate Music Technology
Philosophy 177 (ST): Philosophy in Science Fiction
Religion 307: Mediating Religions
Rhetoric Studies 260: Rhetoric and Sensation in Civic Life
Rhetoric Studies 303: The Sunken Place: Racism, Black Aesthetics, and Violence in American Film
Rhetoric Studies 341/Sociology 341: The Rhetoric of Hip Hop
Sociology 290: Sociology and History of Rock n’ Roll
Theatre 125: Beginning Acting I
Theatre 126: Beginning Acting II
Theatre 211: Stage Electrics
Theatre 222: Digital Rendering 3D Environments
Theatre 225: Acting Styles
Theatre 320: Directing for the Theatre
Theatre 357: Theatre and Performance
Theatre 466: The Director in Theatre II
World Literature 301: Chinese Literature and Film Adaptation
World Literature 325:  Imagining Community through Contemporary Japanese Fiction and Film
World Literature 330: Introduction to Chinese Cinema
World Literature 338: Undoing the Japanese National Narrative through Literature and Film
World Literature 349: China through the Cinematic Eye
World Literature 407: Visual Narrations: The Art and Architecture of the Graphic Novel