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Film Studies Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Film Studies is a 15-hour program for those who want to pursue an extended investigation of major issues in cinema (directors, genres, literature and film, film theory, national cinemas, historical movements, critical approaches, and themes). Students completing the program will be equipped to contribute to scholarship in the field and to teach film courses at the college level or work in cognate disciplines.

A&M Commerce is home to Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, an internationally recognized film journal. 

Coursework for the Certificate requires 5 Film Studies courses. This certificate cannot be completed 100% online. Most courses are regularly only offered as face-to-face courses in Commerce, TX.



Required Courses:

English 510: Introduction to Film Studies: Learn basic skills and approaches to understanding and interpreting film through the “rhetoric” of film as it relates to the critical analysis of film (e.g., cultural criticism, genre, history, ideology).

English 530: History of Narrative Film: Examine the development of film from the silent era to the present. Focus may be on American film, or other national cinemas (e.g., English, Italian, French, Soviet, Japanese, Brazilian, Chinese, Mexican).

English 610: Studies in Film Genres: Explore film genres by surveying the various genres or focus on a particular genre (such as westerns, comedy, or science fiction), or through the eyes of a particular director or culture.

English 620: Adaptation: Film, Literature, and other Influences: Examine the relationship between film, literature and other sources, and the unique qualities of each medium. Special emphasis on film adaptations of literary works from western and non-western cultures.

Choose One Elective:

English 710: Film Theory and Criticism: Survey the theoretical and critical approaches to analysis of film and video with an emphasis on the historical and cultural context in which these approaches emerge, examining selections from western and non-western film theory and criticism.

English 720, Special Topics in Film Studies: Investigate major subjects and issues in cinema and other media; topics vary but may include studies of author/directors, historical movements, critical approaches, or themes.


  • Ensure you complete the required coursework for the certificate.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in each course required for the certificate. This means you cannot earn less than a B in a course that is required for the certificate.
  • After you complete all the requirements for the certificate (if you are also enrolled in a graduate program, this may be done before you actually complete your graduate degree) complete this FORM and submit it to the Graduate School. This will ensure that the name of the certificate is listed on your official transcripts.

Please contact Dr. Gerald Duchovnay, 903.886.5265 or Gerald.Duchovnay@tamuc.edu for more information about the courses or the certificate. 



We do not have an application deadline. New students applying for a graduate certificate should click the Apply Texas application link and complete a Graduate Certificate application. In Apply Texas you will be asked to select your "Major Area of Interest/Specialty." This is where you will select the graduate certificate you wish to pursue.

Application Requirements for:

Keep two things in mind about pursuing a graduate certificate:

  • Students only pursuing a certificate are not eligible for financial aid.
  • International students need admission in a graduate program to pursue a certificate.

Considering a Master’s or Doctoral degree? You can earn this certificate in conjunction with your graduate degree! Each course in your certificate will count towards your course requirements in the Master's in English and PhD in English. Other University graduate programs outside of those listed above may also count your certificate coursework towards their degree.



Email your Graduate Recruiter with questions.