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Film and Media Studies

Areas of Emphasis

This section of the website features different areas of interest that we want to place special emphasis on. Here you will find unique programs and opportunities that set us apart from other higher education institutions.

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Our Master’s and Doctoral programs in English include options for an emphasis in film studies. We currently offer 18 hours of film studies courses, plus the option to do independent studies for additional hours. Candidates for the Ph.D. can focus on any area of film studies (history, adaptation, genre, theory, etc.), but we don't have a Ph.D. in film as such.  Students may also seek to earn a graduate certificate in film studies, which requires fifteen hours in designated film courses.

Film Studies Courses:

  • ENG 510: Introduction to Film Studies
  • ENG 530: History of Narrative Film
  • ENG 610: Studies in Film Genres
  • ENG 620: Adaptation: Film, Literature, and Other Influences
  • ENG 710: Film Theory and Criticism
  • ENG 720: Special Topics in Film Studies

For further information about Film Studies at Texas A&M University Commerce, contact:  Dr. Gerald Duchovnay (

The Department of Literature and Languages also offers in conjunction with the Department of Mass Media, Theatre and Communication a new Master’s-level Film and Media Studies track open to students in both departments. Click Film and Media Studies track to get more information.