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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]

Film Studies - MA

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Degree Title and Name:  Master of Arts in Film Studies

Program Name and Number:  Film Studies – MA5142

Department/Unit:  School of Film

Delivery Mode:  Athens Campus

Term(s) of Entry:  Fall

Program Overview:  The MA in Film Studies at Ohio University takes a broad approach to film studies in the humanities, with the aim of nurturing innovative and rigorous scholars who can use their experience at OU to enter doctorate programs or find appropriate careers in the field. The program is composed of two compulsory course tracks in film history and theory as well as a range of electives covering a variety genres, movements, and critical approaches. While the compulsory courses provide a survey of the field, the electives often focus on new research in film studies. Classes integrate a presentation of the disciplinary knowledge needed in the field with the development of the skills and practices necessary to apply this knowledge to new research questions. Following a first year of intensive course-work, students may pursue either a written thesis or a comprehensive exam for graduation. Students writing a thesis work closely with a faculty advisor and other committee members to develop an original thesis topic, conduct the necessary research, and produce a manuscript of publishable quality that can be used to further their scholarly goals. Students pursuing an exam path likewise work closely with a faculty advisor to plan and execute a plan for scholarly research in one theory and one history area, preparing them for future scholarly work. Starting in their first year students gain valuable teaching experience as TAs in large lecture courses. In their second year, most students are given the opportunity to create their own stand-alone courses, under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Recognizing the changing demands of the field, the MA program strives to prepare each student individually for the challenges and rewards of scholarship, while giving them the skills to become researchers and teachers able to critically intervene in film and media studies while guiding the next generation of students to become active participants in their increasingly mediated visual worlds.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Scholarship: Students will be able to produce original scholarship in film, acceptable at a scholarly peer-reviewed level.
  • Critical Thinking: Students will gain a mastery of a broad range of critical, theoretical, and historical approaches to film, and be able to apply these to a range of films across different historical periods, nationalities, and modes of production.
  • Teaching: Students will gain experience in undergraduate teaching that addresses course learning outcomes, engages students, and employs different resources appropriately to produce a rich leaning environment.
  • Professional Development: Students will articulate and implement a comprehensive vision of their career paths and goals.

Opportunities for Graduates:  Most graduates from the M.A. program use their degree to pursue doctoral work in film studies, American studies, cultural studies, and related disciplines. The program aims to make graduating students stand-out applicants to competitive programs. Graduates who apply for Ph.D. programs have behind them the experience of conducting a long term research project and teaching experience that makes them particularly attractive for doctoral programs. Graduates also have a many opportunities outside of academia, including working as film and media librarians, film festival organizers, museum and program curators in film and media, and work in film criticism. There are also expanding opportunities for graduates in non-profit work that integrates film and media into its mission.

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Graduation Requirements:

  • A minimum of 26 credit hours in core courses and a minimum of 15 credit hours in elective courses must be taken.
  • The combined minimum credit hours for core courses, elective courses, and thesis hours are 50 hours.
  • Successful completion of thesis or comprehensive exam.

Culminating Experience:

  • Thesis – The M.A. thesis is an original scholarly monograph of at least fifty pages and is recommended for students interested in pursuing study at the doctoral level.
  • Comprehensive exam - Students not planning to go on to a doctoral program immediately after completion of the M.A. may meet formal degree requirements with course work and a written examination on two areas, one each from an area in Film Theory and Film History.

Admission Requirements:

  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A sample of written work consisting of a paper or papers on any subject such as a research paper, article or critical analysis.
  • Personal statement.
  • CV

International Students:   This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.

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