The program leading to the B.A. in Cinema Studies combines courses in cinema studies and film/video production. Cinema Studies courses include those in film history, theory, and criticism; those in production are designed to develop a student's skills in cinematography, lighting, editing, sound recording, and scriptwriting. Future film critics or historians will broaden their understanding of the concrete process of making a film, and future filmmakers will expand their artistic control of the craft with an understanding of the evolution of film art. This combination of theory and practice will prepare students for a variety of career opportunities in the film world. The production option requires a senior thesis project in the form of a short film or video, planned and approved by a full-time faculty member the semester prior to undertaking the production in a 300-level or higher production course or independent study.