BS Emphasis in Critical Studies

The TFM undergraduate emphasis in Critical Studies trains students in the analysis of television, film, and new media texts, audiences, and industries. The core curriculum offers a foundation in media literacy, theory, and history to prepare students for a variety of emerging careers such as written and videographic criticism, curation, digital journalism, archiving, and media production. The emphasis trains students to think independently, analytically, globally, and cross-culturally about issues pertinent to the production and dissemination of new and traditional media.

Review the Undergraduate Degree Learning Outcomes

How to Apply

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To apply for undergraduate admission to SDSU, you need to apply online at CalState Apply.

At the time of the application, you can select your Pre-Major as “Television, Film, and New Media (Critical Studies emphasis).”

For deadlines for the upcoming term(s), please refer to the university’s Office of Admissions How and When to Apply page.

The Television, Film and New Media major is an Impacted program. Students first declare as TFM pre-majors. To be considered for advancement into the Critical Studies emphasis students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher.
  2. Complete TFM 110, TFM 160, Theatre 100, and Theatre 120 with grades of B or higher. These courses may not be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC). These courses must be completed, with grades on file, prior to advancing into the major.

For more information contact the Television, Film, and New Media advisor:

Stuart Voytilla
619-594-1375
svoytilla@sdsu.edu
DA 204

Curriculum


Lower Division courses: (12 units) (all four courses must be passed with a grade of B or higher)

- TFM 110 - Writing for Television and Film, 3 units
- TFM 160 - Cinema as Art, 3 units
- THEA 100 - The Art of Theatre, 3 units
- THEA 120 - Heritage of Storytelling, 3 units

The completion of this major requires a minimum of 39 Upper Division units to include:

MAJOR Upper Division Core Requirements, 18 units:

- TFM 310 - Film, Television, and New Media Criticism, 3 units
- TFM 330 - Cultural Aspects of Media, 3 units
- TFM 363 - International Cinema, 3 units
- TFM 364A - History of Film Classics, 3 units
- TFM 563 - Documentary: History and Theory, 3 units
- TFM 364B - History of Film Classics, 3 units

And 9 units selected from: (prerequisite: completion of TFM 310 and TFM 330)

- TFM 470 - Critical Studies of Gender/Sexuality/Media, 3 units
- TFM 530 - Selected Topics in Genre Studies for TV and Film, 3 units
- TFM 571 - Selected Topics in Director Studies, 3 units
- TFM 573 - Selected Topics in History of Film, TV, and Media, 3 units

And Interdisciplinary Electives, minimum 12 units from:

- TFM 401 - Business Aspects of Television and Film Production, 3 units
- TFM 430 - History of Prime Time Television, 3 units
- TFM 490 - Internship, 3 units
- TFM 499 - Special Study, 3 units
- THEA 460 A or B - History of Theatre, 3 units
- AFRAS 465 (or FRENC 465) - Africa in Literature and Film, 3 units
- AMIND 435 - Indians Through Film & TV, 3 units
- ANTH 439 - Cultural Comparisons Through Film, 3 units
- CCS 400 (or LATAM 400) - Mexican Images In Film, 3 units
- CLASS 350 - Classics and Cinema, 3 units
- ENGL 577 - Techniques of Screenwriting, 3 units
- EUROP 424 - European Cinema, 3 units
- GERMN 320 - German Film, 3 units
- HIST 436 - Modern Jewish History in Feature Films, 3 units
- RELS 364 - Religion and Film, 3 units
- THEA 465 - Theatre of Diversity , 3 units

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement: Pass the Writing Proficiency Assessment (WPA) with a score of 10 or above, or complete RWS 305W with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

This advising checklist does not include your General Education Requirements.

A minor is not required for this major.

For additional curriculum details, please consult the following:
Undergraduate Catalog
Graduate Bulletin

For more information, contact the Academic Advisor:

Stuart Voytilla
619-594-1375
svoytilla@sdsu.edu
DA 204