Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Cinema 1892-1941 (061.140)
  • Introduction to Cinema 1942-Present (061.141)
  • One of the following courses:
    • Special Topics: Writing About Film (preferred; AS.061.226)
    • Freshman Seminar: Great Books at Hopkins (360.133)
  • Foreign language courses: Foreign language proficiency through the first-year level required. Any language requirement waived by exam must be documented on the student’s transcript.
  • Completion of One Track in Critical Studies, Screenwriting, or Production


The film and media studies major has three tracks:

  • Critical Studies emphasizes the academic study of film.
  • Production emphasizes film and media making.
  • Screenwriting emphasizes the craft of writing for film and televison.

Students must complete all the requirements for one of the designated tracks to fulfill the basic requirements of the major. After these basic requirements are fulfilled, students are strongly encouraged to supplement their film and media education by taking additional courses in both tracks.

Complete course and specific track requirements can be found on the academic catalog website.