Requirements for the Major in Cinema and Cultural Studies

The interdisciplinary major in Cinema and Cultural Studies leads to the Bachelor or Arts degree.
The following courses are required and must be taken for a letter grade. No more than 6 credits of S/U grading may be applied to the major

Completion of the major requires 39 credits. 

A. Core Courses

  • CCS 101 Introduction to Cinema & Cultural Studies
  • CCS 301 Cinema and Media Theory    
  • CCS 401 Senior Seminar in Cinema & Cultural Studies

B. Lower-Division Courses

Choose two of the following courses:

  • CCS 200 Media History                        
  • CCS 202 Film Genres
  • CCS 203 Cinema History
  • CCS 204 The Stony Brook Film Festival 

C. Upper-Division Elective Courses
Choose five courses from Group 1 and three courses from Group 2. 

Group 1:

  • CCS 311 Gender and Genre in Film
  • CCS 312 Cinema and the Ancient World
  • CCS 313 Television Studies
  • CCS 381 Topics in Cinema Studies
  • CCS 382 Topics in Media and Popular Culture
  • CCS 383 Topics in Game Studies
  • CCS 391 Topics in African Cinema and Cultural Studies
  • CCS 392 Topics in European Cinema and Cultural Studies
  • CCS 393 Topics in American Cinema and Cultural Studies
  • CCS 394 Topics in Asian Cinema and Cultural Studies
  • CCS 395 Topics in Digital Technology and Culture
  • CCS 475 Undergraduate Teaching Practicum (I)
  • CCS 476 Undergraduate Teaching Practicum (II)
  • CCS 487 Independent Research
  • CCS 488 Internship
  • CCS 495 Senior Honors Project

Group 2: 

  • AFS 410 Computers and Third World Social Issues
  • AFS 463 Blacks and Mass Media
  • ARH 336 The Computer and the Arts
  • ARH 345 The Moving Image in 20th Century Art
  • ARH 348 Contemporary Art
  • ARH 397 Topics in the History and Theory of Photography
  • ARH 398 Topics in Film and Video Art
  • ARS/THR 318 Movie Making: Shoot, Edit, Score
  • ARS 324 Intermediate Digital Art: Design
  • ARS 326 Video Art: Narrative Forms
  • ARS 327 Digital Arts: Web Design and Culture
  • ARS 329 Video Art: Experimental Forms
  • ARS 381 Color and Light Photography
  • ARS 425 Advanced New Media Art
  • ARS 481 Advanced Photography
  • CDT 318 Interactive Performance, Media, and MIDI
  • CDT 450 Topics in Computational Arts
  • CLT 301 Theory of Literature
  • CLT 335 Interdisciplinary Study of Film
  • CLT 361 Literature and Society
  • CLT 363 Literature and the Arts
  • CSE/ISE 301 History of Computing
  • EGL 390/3 Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies
  • EGL 394 Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies of Science and Technology
  • EST/ISE 340 Design of Computer Games
  • MUS 300 Music, Technology, and Digital Culture
  • MUS 340 Introduction to Music Technology
  • MUS 437 Electronic Music
  • PHI 364 Philosophy of Technology
  • PHI 365 Philosophy and Computers
  • SPN 420 Topics in Spanish and Latin American Cinema
  • THR 325 Scriptwriting for Film and Television
  • THR 403 Media: Theory and Criticism

D. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

All students are required to write a research paper of 15–20 pages for CCS 401, which is
evaluated by the instructor for its evidence of upper-division writing ability. Students whose
writing is judged satisfactory will have fulfilled the upper-division writing requirement. Students
who do not fulfill the requirement in CCS 401 must submit to the major advisor, no later than the
first semester of the senior year, a portfolio of papers written for subsequent upper-division
courses taken for the major and must achieve an evaluation of satisfactory on the portfolio.
CCS 401 also satisfies the Stony Brook Curriculum WRTD learning objective.

Notes:

1. Other relevant courses may be substituted for major requirements with permission of the undergraduate program director.
2. Most of the upper-division courses in Group 2 have lower-division course(s) as pre-requisites. Bear this in mind when planning the early stages of your major.

Honors Program

Students who have maintained a grade point average of 3.50 in the major and 3.00 overall may attempt the degree in Cinema and Cultural Studies with honors. Students should apply for the honors program at the end of their junior year.  The student must find a faculty member affiliated with the program to act as sponsor and, with written approval of the sponsor, submit a written proposal for an honors thesis or honors project to the Undergraduate Program Director. If the honors thesis or project is judged to be completed with distinction and the student has achieved a 3.50 g.p.a. in all courses for the Cinema and Cultural Studies major taken during the senior year, honors are conferred. Course credit for the honors thesis or project is given under CCS 495.

Minor

The minor in Cinema and Cultural Studies is designed to provide a broad over­view of film and culture and to complement most majors in the arts and sciences.

Requirements for the Minor in Cinema and Cultural Studies (CCS)

All courses for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. All courses offered to satisfy minor requirements must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Completion of the minor requires 21 credits.

A. CCS 101 Introduction to Cinema & Cultural Studies

B. Two of the following courses:

  • CCS 200 Media History                        
  • CCS 202 Film Genres
  • CCS 203 Cinema History
  • CCS 204 The Stony Brook Film Festival

C. CCS 301 Theorizing Cinema and Culture

D. Choose two courses from Group 1 and one course from Group 2. 

Group 1:

  • CCS 311 Gender and Genre in Film
  • CCS 312 Cinema and the Ancient World
  • CCS 313 Television Studies
  • CCS 381 Topics in Cinema Studies
  • CCS 382 Topics in Media and Popular Culture
  • CCS 383 Topics in Game Studies
  • CCS 391 Topics in African Cinema and Cultural Studies
  • CCS 392 Topics in European Cinema and Cultural Studies
  • CCS 393 Topics in American Cinema and Cultural Studies
  • CCS 394 Topics in Asian Cinema and Cultural Studies
  • CCS 395 Topics in Digital Technology and Culture

Group 2: 

  • AFS 410 Computers and Third World Social Issues
  • AFS 463 Blacks and Mass Media
  • ARH 336 The Computer and the Arts
  • ARH 345 The Moving Image in 20th Century Art
  • ARH 348 Contemporary Art
  • ARH 397 Topics in the History and Theory of Photography
  • ARH 398 Topics in Film and Video Art
  • ARS/THR 318 Movie Making: Shoot, Edit, Score
  • ARS 324 Intermediate Digital Art: Design
  • ARS 326 Video Art: Narrative Forms
  • ARS 327 Digital Arts: Web Design and Culture
  • ARS 329 Video Art: Experimental Forms
  • ARS 381 Color and Light Photography
  • ARS 425 Advanced New Media Art
  • ARS 481 Advanced Photography
  • CDT 318 Interactive Performance, Media, and MIDI
  • CDT 450 Topics in Computational Arts
  • CLT 301 Theory of Literature
  • CLT 335 Interdisciplinary Study of Film
  • CLT 361 Literature and Society
  • CLT 363 Literature and the Arts
  • CSE/ISE 301 History of Computing
  • EGL 390/3 Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies
  • EGL 394 Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies of Science and Technology
  • EST/ISE 340 Design of Computer Games
  • MUS 300 Music, Technology, and Digital Culture
  • MUS 340 Introduction to Music Technology
  • MUS 437 Electronic Music
  • PHI 364 Philosophy of Technology
  • PHI 365 Philosophy and Computers
  • SPN 420 Topics in Spanish and Latin American Cinema
  • THR 325 Scriptwriting for Film and Television
  • THR 403 Media: Theory and Criticism 

 

Notes:
1. Most of the upper-division courses have some lower-division course(s) as pre-requisites. Bear this in mind in planning the early stages of your minor.