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. All courses offered to
satisfy major requirements must be passed with a grade of C or higher. 

Completion of the major requires 39 credits. Twenty-four credits for the major must be earned in courses numbered 300 or higher.

A. Core Courses

  • CCS 101 Introduction to Cinema & Cultural Studies
  • CCS 201 Writing About Cinema & Cultural Studies
  • CCS 301 Theorizing Cinema & Cultural Studies
  • CCS 401 Senior Seminar in Cinema & Cultural Studies

B. Lower Division Requirements

  • CCS 202 Film Genres
  • CCS 205 Cinema History: Late 19th Century - WW2
  • CCS 206 Cinema History: Post-War  - Present

C. Upper Division Concentration (18 Credits)
Choose two courses from each of the three groups.

Group 1: Areas 

  • AFS 345 Women in Africa and the Caribbean
  • ARH 329 Arts of the African Diaspora
  • CCS 325 Cultures in Context*
  • CCS 390 Topics in Latin American Cinema
  • CCS 391 Topics in African Cinema
  • CCS 392 Topics in American Cinema
  • CCS 393 Topics in European Cinema
  • CCS 394 Topics in Asian Cinema
  • CLT 391 African Comparative Literature
  • CLT 392 Multicultural Comparative Literature
  • CLT 393 European Comparative Literature
  • CLT 394 Asian Comparative Literature
  • EGL 305 The Pacific, Travel & Empire
  • EGL 373 Literature in English form Non-Western Cultures
  • SPN 420 Topics in Spanish and Latin American Cinema
  • WST 335 Women at Work in Twentieth-Century America
  • WST 382 Black Women's Literature of the African Diaspora
  • WST 395 Topics in Global Feminism
  • WST 397 Topics in Social Science

Group 2: Histories

  • ARH 335 History of Photography
  • ARH 345 The Moving Image in 20th Century Art
  • CCS 312 Cinema and the Ancient World
  • CCS 324 Jazz and American Culture
  • CCS 325 Cultures in Context*
  • CCS 327 Histories of Culture
  • CCS 396 Video and Computer Game History
  • CLT 362 Literature and Ideas
  • CLT 363 Literature and the Arts
  • HIS 326 History of Popular Culture
  • HIS 361 American History/American Film
  • MUS 310 Music and Culture in the 1960s
  • WST 301 Histories of Feminism
  • WST 374 Historical Perspectives
  • WST 396 Special Topics in the History of American Women

Group 3: Theories

  • ARH 336 Digital Visual Culture
  • CCS 311 Gender and Genre in Film
  • CCS 313 Television Studies
  • CCS 325 Cultures in Context*
  • CCS 326 Social and Cultural Theory
  • CLT 335 Interdisciplinary Study of Film
  • CCS 395 Digital Cultural Studies
  • CCS 397 Video and Computer Game Culture
  • CLT 301 Theory of Literature
  • CLT 330 Literary Genres
  • MUS 300 Music, Technology, and Digital Culture
  • EGL 365 Literary Criticism and Theory
  • SOC 330 Media and Society
  • THR 403 Media Theory and Criticism
  • WST 305 Feminist Theories in Context
  • WST 372 Topics in Women and Literature
  • WST 383 Philosophical Issues of Race and Gender
  • WST 384 Advanced Topics in Feminist Philosophy
  • WST 398 Topics in Gender, Race, Ethnicity
  • WST 399 Topics in Gender and Sexuality

*CCS 325 Cultures in Context may be repeated and used in other Upper Division Areas of
Concentration depending on the topic and with approval from the UG Advisor or UGPD.

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. Students may apply one of the following courses for 3 of the 18 upper-division credits upon approval of the UGPD: CCS 487 Independent Research in Cinema and Cultural Studies, CCS 488 Internship, or CCS 495 Senior Honors Project in Cinema and Cultural Studies.
2. Other relevant courses may be substituted for major requirements with permission of the undergraduate program director.
3. Most of the upper-division courses in the concentration groups 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 201 Writing about Cinema & Cultural Studies
  • CCS 202 Film Genres
  • CCS 205 Cinema History: Late 19th Century - WW2
  • CCS 206 Cinema History: Post-War - Present

C. CCS 301 Theorizing Cinema and Culture

D. Choose one course from each of the three groups below.

Group 1: Areas

  • AFS 345 Women in Africa and the Caribbean
  • ARH 329 Arts of the African Diaspora
  • CCS 325 Cultures in Context*
  • CCS 390 Topics in Latin American Cinema
  • CCS 391 Topics in African Cinema
  • CCS 392 Topics in American Cinema
  • CCS 393 Topics in European Cinema
  • CCS 394 Topics in Asian Cinema
  • CLT 391 African Comparative Literature
  • CLT 392 Multicultural Comparative Literature
  • CLT 393 European Comparative Literature
  • CLT 394 Asian Comparative Literature
  • EGL 305 The Pacific, Travel & Empire
  • EGL 373 Literature in English form Non-Western Cultures
  • SPN 420 Topics in Spanish and Latin American Cinema
  • WST 335 Women at Work in Twentieth-Century America
  • WST 382 Black Women's Literature of the African Diaspora
  • WST 395 Topics in Global Feminism
  • WST 397 Topics in Social Science

Group 2: Histories 

  • ARH 335 History of Photography
  • ARH 345 The Moving Image in 20th Century Art
  • CCS 312 Cinema and the Ancient World
  • CCS 324 Jazz and American Culture
  • CCS 325 Cultures in Context*
  • CCS 327 Histories of Culture
  • CCS 396 Video and Computer Game History
  • CLT 362 Literature and Ideas
  • CLT 363 Literature and the Arts
  • HIS 326 History of Popular Culture
  • HIS 361 American History/American Film
  • MUS 310 Music and Culture in the 1960s
  • WST 301 Histories of Feminism
  • WST 374 Historical Perspectives
  • WST 396 Special Topics in the History of American Women

Group 3: Theories

  • ARH 336 Digital Visual Culture
  • CCS 311 Gender and Genre in Film
  • CCS 313 Television Studies
  • CCS 325 Cultures in Context*
  • CCS 326 Social and Cultural Theory
  • CLT 335 Interdisciplinary Study of Film
  • CCS 395 Digital Cultural Studies
  • CCS 397 Video and Computer Game Culture
  • CLT 301 Theory of Literature
  • CLT 330 Literary Genres
  • MUS 300 Music, Technology, and Digital Culture
  • EGL 365 Literary Criticism and Theory
  • SOC 330 Media and Society
  • THR 403 Media Theory and Criticism
  • WST 305 Feminist Theories in Context
  • WST 372 Topics in Women and Literature
  • WST 383 Philosophical Issues of Race and Gender
  • WST 384 Advanced Topics in Feminist Philosophy
  • WST 398 Topics in Gender, Race, Ethnicity
  • WST 399 Topics in Gender and Sexuality

*CCS 325 Cultures in Context may be repeated and used in other Upper Division Areas of
Concentration depending on the topic and with approval from the UG Advisor or UGPD.

Notes:
1. Only one course from CCS 487 Independent Research in Cinema and Cultural Studies or CCS
488 Internship may be applied towards the minorʼs upper division requirements with approval from the UG Advisor or UGPD.
2. 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.