Academic Catalog

Documentary Studies and Production Major — B.A.

John D. Scott, Associate Professor and Program Director

The Roy H. Park School of Communications offers an interdisciplinary B.A. in documentary studies and production, which is a four-year curriculum designed to prepare students to become documentary filmmakers as well as to understand the growing and complex world of documentaries, drawing on existing courses in the television-radio, cinema and photography, and journalism programs. This is a broad, liberal arts-based curriculum. Requirements are divided into two areas: studies courses and production courses. Open electives enable students to tailor their own programs.

Academic Policies

All majors must complete a minimum of 60 credits outside communications, which includes the minor requirement, and a minimum of 75 percent of their credits (normally 90 credits) in courses designated as liberal arts. Transfer students applying to the B.A. in documentary studies and production must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher to have their application considered; however, this minimum does not guarantee acceptance to the degree program. This policy applies to all applicants to the degree program, including students transferring from another major in the Park School or at Ithaca College and those applying from other academic institutions.

Requirements for the Major


Major Course Requirements46
Minor Requirement (select a Minor outside the Park School)18-25
Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC) Requirement 129
Other Elective Courses20-27
Total Credits120

Degree Requirements

Major Requirements:
GCOM 13000Spark: Igniting your Future in Communications1
DOCU 10100Documentary Immersion1
JOUR 11100Introduction to Journalism (ICC-CLA)4
JOUR 11200Investigative Journalism (ICC-CLA)4
CNPH 14100Introduction to Photography (ICC-CLA)4
CNPH 11100Cinema Production 14
or TVR 11500 Introduction to Field Production
CNPH 10100Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis3
or TVR 12200 Introduction to Media Aesthetics and Analysis
TVR 29800Exploring the Documentary3
TVR 29900Nonfiction Production4
CNPH 30100History and Theory of Documentary (ICC-WI)3
TVR 31200Government and Media3
DOCU 40100Documentary Industries1
TVR 49600Documentary Workshop4
Select one of the following three 3-credit courses3
Critical Thinking and Mass Communication
Journalism Ethics
History of Photography
Select one of the following four 4-credit courses4
Visual Journalism
Advanced Cinema Production: Nonfiction
Intermediate Photography
Minor Requirement:
Select a minor outside of the Roy H. Park School of Communications. 118-25
Total Credits64-71