This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2023-24.

Major Requirements

The major consists of nine courses, as follows:

Foundational Course

Media Practice Course

One course from the following:

Additional Courses (Six)

Six additional courses, at least three of which are at the 300-level or above, and at least two of which are FMST-prefix courses.

No more than three courses from a single department or program outside of FMST may be counted toward the major.

Students are welcome to choose the six courses from any (and as many) of the below categories as they wish; students are, however, strongly encouraged to take at least one course from the Film and Media in a Global Context category.






  (variable focus)


Additionally, students may work with their major adviser to select up to two elective courses not listed here that constitute a focus area within film and media studies. In order to count towards the major, focus area courses must be approved by the major adviser and the program director. Examples of possible focus areas are: mass/popular culture, gender/sexuality, language, representation/subjectivity, narrative/narratology, digital and new media, etc. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of possible focus areas.

Senior Seminar Course

Honors and High Honors

Students interested in pursuing honors can find the additional requirements on the  program page.

Additional Information

Courses comprising the major may be taken in any order; however, it is highly recommended that students take  early in the program.

Students should be aware that certain courses have departmental prerequisites. It is the student's responsibility to fulfill these prerequisites, even if those courses themselves do not count toward the major in film and media studies.

No more than one course counted toward this major may also count toward another major or minor.

Major Declaration

Students may declare the major after successfully completing  with a grade of C or better.

Film and Media Studies Program

For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the  catalog page.