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Program Description

At the heart of every film is a story. Centenary University gives you the opportunity to make it your story.

Centenary’s Film Studies concentration focuses on the idea of the filmmaker as a storyteller. Through studying cinematic history and cutting-edge film-making techniques, you will discover how film can entertain, enlighten and capture history as it happens.

Within our Film Studies curriculum, topics include digital filmmaking techniques, global cinema, famous movie directors, best documentaries and independent film, literature to film and film & philosophy. Throughout these courses, you will learn how cinema has mirrored the political, social, and economic realities of various time periods.

A Career in Film

Our Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication, Film Studies concentration graduates will be prepared to go on to graduate programs as well as work in the industry alongside film crews, as film critics and as teachers and faculty members.

This concentration also teaches important skills for Communication students who pursue careers in advertising, public relations and corporate communications. Storytelling on the small screen is often an essential part of these careers.

Lights, Camera … Interaction

Centenary's small classes allow for freewheeling discussion and close collaboration between students and professors. Our faculty’s goal is to broaden students' horizons and help fine-tune their skills and points of view.

As far as practical filmmaking skills, you will explore the director's vision, the use of lighting, color, black and while, camera angles and lenses, editing, pacing, script writing, special effects, casting and acting and why popular film quotes make an impact.


  • AFC 1001 Academic Foundations at Centenary I (4)
  • CAT III Arts and Humanities: Humanities (4)
  • COM 1011 Mass Media (CAT VI: Democratic) (4)
  • WRI 1001/ Comp & Rhet I OR Comp & Rhet II (4)
    WRI 1002
  • CAT II Mathematics
    (all MTH prefix courses except for remedial) (4)
  • CAT IV Social or Behavioral Sciences (4)
  • COM 1014 Film Appreciation (CAT III: Fine Arts) (4)
  • WRI 1002/ Comp & Rhet II & WRI 2012 Advanced Comp (4)
  • WRI 1012
  • COM 2111 Global Cinema (CAT IV: Global) (4)
  • COM 2040 Great Directors (4)
  • ENG 2091 Literature to Film (CAT III: Literature) (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • COMM 2000 Interpersonal Communication (4)
  • COMM 2030 Film and Philosophy (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • CAT V Laboratory Science (4)
  • COM 2041 Documentary & Independent Film (4)
  • COM 3005 Mass Communication Law & Ethics (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • COM 3041 Arts Film/Video OR
  • COM Internship or Major-Related Elective (4)
  • COM 3014 Photojournalism (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • COM 3042 Digital Filmmaking (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • COM 4018 Senior Communication Project (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)

1. To earn a Bachelor degree, all graduates must successfully complete a minimum of 128 credit hours.
2. Minimum of 32 credits must be taken at Centenary University.
3. All graduates must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.
4. All graduates must have a minimum of 2.0 GPA in their major(s).
5. Courses that are special topic listed in the title, typically ending with a 99, are repeatable. Courses are counted multiple times and do not replace grades of the previous special topic course.
6. Credits can only be shared between the core and the major or core and minor requirements. Shared credits within the core requirements is not allowed.
7. Suggested electives for the Communication Major: COM1003; COM1004; COM2013; COM3011; COM3018; 2000 or above level English Literature.
8. COM1003 and COM1004 can be repeated for credit.
9. Economics can be applied toward either the global or democratic requirement, but not both.

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