Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BGS in Film and Media Studies. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Goal 2.1 Written Communication (First Course, 2 Crs Required)3Goal 2.1 Written Communication (Second Course, 2 Crs Required) 3
Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy (MATH 101 Recommended)3Goal 2.2 Communication3
Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)23
FMS 100 (Major Requirement)13FMS 200 (Goal 3 Humanities, Major Requirement)13
Elective (Total Hours)3FMS 380 (Major Requirement)13
 15 15
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3Goal 3 Natural Science3
FMS 273, 345, or 621 (Major Requirement)3Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3
FMS 275 (Major Requirement)3FMS History Course 300+ (Major Requirement)33
Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)23Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)23
Goal 3 Social Science3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
FMS 592 or 593 (Major Requirement)43Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3
FMS 401 (Major Requirement (online))1FMS 530 (Major Requirement)3
Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)23FMS 300+ Elective Course (Major Requirement)3
Elective (Total Hours)3Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)3
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
Elective (Total Hours)2 
 15 15
FMS 300+ Elective (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement) 43FMS 585 (Major Requirement)3
FMS 300+ Immediate Production Course (Major Requirement)53FMS 300+ Immediate Production Course (Major Requirement)53
Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)23Elective (Total Hours)3
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
BGS Career Prep Course (BGS Requirement)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120

There are admission requirements that must be met in order to be admitted to Film and Media Studies. Apply at the end of the first year of study. Admission requirements can be reviewed under the admissions tab. 


Please note that the Bachelor of General Studies degree requires completion of the requirements of a single BGS major AND a secondary field of academic study (a second major, co-major, or minor).  This sample plan is based on the completion of a minor. If a second major is selected instead, elective hours on plan will be needed for these additional major requirements.


Choose from the approved list of Film History courses found on the degree requirements tab.  


Goal 6 satisfied by FMS 499 or FMS 498. If neither FMS 499 or FMS 498 are taken to satisfy Goal 6, an alternate FMS elective will need to be taken for the major, and an alternate Goal 6 will need to be taken to fulfill the KU Core.  


Choose from the approved list of Immediate Production courses found on the degree requirements tab.  

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.