The Film Concentration

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Students in the Film track focus their plan of study on film and media. 

Required Courses

Prospective majors who choose the Film concentration must take two required foundational seminars; LITR 130 and LITR 143.

Foreign Literature Requirement

Film concentrators are required to take at least two literature courses in one foreign language. Such courses will have a prefix indicating the language (FREN, RUSS, CHNS, etc.), and it will either be listed as L5 or it will not have a listed level (if the students will read in-language but will discuss and write in English). Normally, such courses will have titles indicating a topic in literature, theory, or film (e.g. “Introduction to Italian Literature” or “Cervantes and Don Quijote,” not “Advanced Oral and Written Communication in Spanish” or “Medical French”). It should be noted that certain smaller language programs at Yale do not have courses specifically devoted to literature. If a student wishes to fulfill their requirement in this language, the DUS will work with them to find suitable upper-level courses.

Sometimes the most suitable foreign literature course for a particular student will be one that is offered in translation. In such cases, Comparative Literature majors are expected to request additional assignments from their instructors in order to enable them to work with texts in the original language. They should request a form from the DUS attesting to their intent to do so, then obtain a signature from the instructor at the beginning and end of the semester to confirm that they did the readings in-language.

Non-native speakers of English who are granted permission by Yale College to complete the language requirement by taking ENGL 114a or b, 120a or b, or 450b may take three additional English literature courses to fulfill the foreign literature requirement of the Comparative Literature Major or may fulfill the Major requirements in a third language.

Period Requirement

The Film track requires that all students take one course in three of five historical periods: Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Early Modern period (roughly 15th-18th centuries), the 19th Century, and the 20th-21st centuries. These courses may be drawn from any department in the University (they need not be in your language of specialization), but they must focus on literature or film. Some courses fulfilling the requirement for each period are marked with the relevant attribute (YC CPLT: Medieval, Antiquity, etc.) in Course Search. However, if you believe another course should fulfill the requirement, contact the DUS for confirmation. If a student participated in the Directed Studies (DS) program, only one course from that program may be counted towards the Period requirement.

Theory Requirement

One course in the major must include a significant component of film theory. This course will likely have a FILM prefix, but if you believe another course should fulfill the requirement, contact the DUS for confirmation.

Electives

The remaining 3 course credits (other than the Senior Essay) may be fulfilled by any course with the FILM prefix. Only one elective may be a composition or creative writing course (e.g. screenwriting).

Senior Essay

The final required credit in the major is the senior essay, which should be written while enrolled in LITR 491 (if a one-semester essay), LITR 492-493 (if a two-semester essay)