Case Western Reserve English majors can concentrate in film. Students incorporate into their fulfillment of the major requirements nine credits of film study, including ENGL 367—Introduction to Film.

See what some undergraduates who studied film at CWRU have gone on to do.


Film Concentration Requirements



Take this course first or as early in the sequence as possible.

Look for ENGL 367 in the fall and spring Department of English course offerings and on SIS.


THE REMAINING 6 CREDITS can consist of any combination of the following:

  • ENGL 368—TOPICS IN FILM (up to 6 credits)

ENGL 368 courses have included History of Film: Origins to Present, The Horror Film, Great Directors, Peninsular Spanish Cinema, Literature in Film, Films of Alfred Hitchcock, Asian Cinema and Drama, American Cinema History and Culture, Images of Women in Films, Introduction to Film Genres, Science Fiction Films, Latin American Cinema, Watching Movies, Dance on Screen, Film Music, and Storytelling & Cinema.

There is no limit on the number of credits of ENGL 368—TOPICS IN FILM a CWRU undergrad can earn.

  • ENGL 368C—TOPICS IN FILM CAPSTONE (up to 3 credits) Read about requirements of the film capstone here.
  • ENGL 316—SCREENWRITING (up to 3 credits)
  • ENGL 309—MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING (up to 3 credits)
  • ELECTIVE COURSES (up to 3 credits)

Courses that have counted as electives toward the film concentrationi include: Latin American Cinema, Black Religion and Film, The Hollywood Musical, Topics in German Cinema, Film Music, The Hollywood Musical, Jewish Image in Popular Culture, French Cinema, James Bond and Popular Culture, Classics in Film, and Folklore & Myth in Japanese Film.

Students interested in having one of these courses or another course count as an elective, contact Robert Spadoni.


Other Details

  • Up to 3 credits of the film concentration can count toward another English major concentration.
  • No fewer than 6 of the 9 credits making up the concentration must be earned through coursework at CWRU.
  • STUDENTS MAJORING IN ENGLISH and also TAKING A LOT OF FILM COURSES will occasionally run up against the 42-credit limit of ENGL courses that can count toward graduating. If you think you are approaching this limit, look for cross lists for ENGL film courses (WLIT for example).


To Declare an English Major with a Concentration in Film

  • Make an appointment to see the chair of the English Department. At the appointment you’ll complete the necessary paperwork.