The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English and Film Studies program at Booth University College is an interdisciplinary program that will unite your passion for film and theatre with your love for reading, writing and language. The benefits and opportunities are abundant. Your degree will lay the foundation for many career paths, or if further education is desired, it can also prepare you for the demands of graduate studies.
In the English and Film Studies bachelor degree program at Booth University College, you’ll develop insight into humanity as you learn to view the world around you with a broader, more informed perspective. Acquire the most sought after skills in today’s workplace as you learn to think critically, write and communicate effectively and hone your ability to construct arguments, articulate ideas and explain complex concepts in clear terms. Develop excellent analytical and cognitive skills that will give you an edge in professions such as law, medicine, teaching or journalism. Naturally, you will devote a lot of time to reading texts and viewing films, writing about them and discussing their meaning and importance. Your interest in culture and creativity will be brought to new levels as you explore a wide range of texts in their cultural and historical context, from Shakespeare to science fiction and contemporary Hollywood to cutting-edge TV.
Studying at Booth
The Bachelor of Arts in English and Film Studies program at Booth University College offers dynamic courses taught by passionate professors known for making their classes interesting, thought-provoking and fun. Students value the small class size and the highly personalized approach, enjoying the opportunity to pursue topics of interest on their assignments and presentations.
Our program places particular emphasis on understanding literature, film and related media within a larger context of liberal arts – philosophy, psychology, political science and history. Students will explore British, American, Canadian and other literature from the past and present, in courses that are organized in various ways: according to historical periods, nationalities, genres, themes and theoretical issues. As you explore stories, you’ll be exploring life – discovering things about yourself and others, while uncovering truths about human nature and the human condition.
In addition to the Institutional Learning Outcomes, the Bachelor of Arts in English and Film Studies program seeks to develop in its students the following skills:
- To interpret a variety of literary and cultural works, including fiction, non-fiction, film, drama, poetry and visual media, and including the historical, political and cultural frameworks determining their composition and reception;
- To express intelligent, critical arguments in multiple modes such as scholarly writing, oral presentations and classroom discussions;
- To conduct independent, scholarly research of quality, evaluating both primary and secondary sources;
- To acquire and use in-depth multidisciplinary knowledge through the integration of the various scholarly disciplines of the Booth Core Curriculum as well as personal, social, and academic experiences;
- To recognize the importance of such skills for critical thinking, for personal growth, and for careers after graduation;
- To be prepared for the expectations of graduate studies in English Literature or film if so desired.
“My research focus is primarily on film, television, and popular culture. I think my research helps Education For A Better World by examining the important cultural impact of those media, from the ways certain stories raise key issues within society to the popularity of certain types of narratives at particular historic moments. My critical work explores how film and television reflect issues that matter to people – issues of faith, politics, and culture.”
– Dr. Michael Boyce, Associate Professor, Vice President Academic and Dean
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English and Film Studies Bachelor Degree Program Requirements:
To earn a Bachelor of Arts in English and Film Studies, you must successfully complete a minimum of 120 credit hours comprised of:
- 42 credit hours of core curriculum requirements: includes Introduction to Christianity, World Religions, Urban Service Learning, University Writing, Representative Literary Works, plus: 6 credit hours in Math and Sciences, 6 credit hours in Social Sciences, 3 credit hours in Religion 200 level or higher, 3 credit hours in Philosophy, and 3 credit hours in Fine Arts.
- 48 credit hours in the discipline, which include those taken in the core curriculum
- ENG 107 Representative Literary Works, as well as 42 hours in general courses including ENG 280 Literary Theory, at least one Special Topics course; ENG 395 Selected Themes in English Literature, the 499 Integration Capstone and a minimum of 18 credits in literature prior to the Twentieth Century. At least 9 credits must be at 300 level or higher.
Detailed information on course options is available in the Academic Calendar.
Looking to Minor in English or Film?
English minor requirements:
ENG 107 Representative Literary Works, as well as 12 credits in general courses, including a minimum of 6 credits in literature prior to the Twentieth Century and ENG 280.
Film Minor Requirements:
FLM 110 Intro to Film Studies I; FLM 120 Intro to Film Studies II; 12 credits in general courses, including FLM 380 Film Theory.
With the wide range of skills you will develop in the Bachelor of Arts in English and Film Studies program, a number of different career paths are open: writing, publishing, media, public relations, teaching and the film industry, to name just a few. Some students enter the workforce directly. Some students, after their foundational education in English or film studies, pursue further education. Many take professional training in areas such as law, journalism, library sciences or education.