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Electronic Media and Film Studies | BS

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The Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media and Film Studies is a comprehensive degree where students can structure their major to emphasize radio, television, film production, film studies, or webcasting. It is a four-year, well-rounded degree program with a strong liberal arts foundation. This is crucial to be successful in an industry that is not just about pushing buttons.


Students will be given a solid grounding in the basics of effective audio and visual related communication, including courses in production, electronic media/film theory, and history. With a mix of hands-on practicums and background courses, students learn not only how to create, but also why.


Special topics courses that offer unique material that goes beyond our normal curricular offerings including Writing for Episodic Television, Science Fiction TV Survey, The History of Animation, Media Law, Streaming Media, Web Media and Webcasting Fundamentals. In addition, EMFS students can participate in…

  • Study Abroad, opportunities that enhance the student experience and open up the world in exciting media centers like London, Rome, and New York City.
  • Eagle Radio, a student-run radio station
  • E-TV, the campus cable system that provides student-produced programming
  • Eagle Filmmakers Association, a community for filmmakers and movie enthusiasts at EMU
  • an internship program that offers real hands-on experience. Our students have interned locally with ESPN and WEMU as well as around the country in broadcasting and on feature films.

You’re not just a student at EMU. You’re also a writer, director, producer, on-air talent, and all the other jobs that go into making electronic media productions. Our graduates have gone on to work in radio, television, film, webcasting and academia.

School Information

Communication, Media & Theatre Arts, College of Arts and Sciences

John G. Cooper, Ph.D. | Interim Director | 124 Quirk | 734.487.3131 | jcooper@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Keith Damron | Professor (Area Head)  | 124 Quirk | 734.487.6980 | kdamron@emich.edu

John Cooper, Ph.D. | Professor (EMFS) | 129B Quirk | 734.487.0064 | jcooper@emich.edu

Carol Schlagheck, Ph.D. | Professor (Journalism) | 607E Pray-Harrold | 734.487.0949 | cschlaghe@emich.edu

General Education Requirements:

For specific General Education requirements, click here  or print a General Education Worksheet  

Major Requirements: 38-42 hours

Students must earn a “C” or better grade in each required course for this major

Restricted Elective Courses: 22-24 hours

Elective Courses: 3-5 hours

Three hours from Electronic Media and Film Studies and the remaining hours from Communication, Media and Theatre Arts courses, excluding CTAC 124 - Foundations of Speech Communication .

Minor Requirement:

This major requires a minor | For a list of available minors, please see Academic Programs  or contact your major advisor.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.

Beginning in Fall 2022, all baccalaureate degree programs for all undergraduates (regardless of catalog year) will require a minimum of 120 credit hours for completion.

Critical Graduation Information

Each undergraduate student will be responsible for the fulfillment of the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration at a college or university or a subsequent catalog including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

In the event an undergraduate student does not complete the degree requirements within seven years of the date of their original registration at a college or university, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their major/minor in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) Course in your major.
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credits for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)

General Education Requirements EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education  section of the catalog.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.


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