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Cinema and Media Studies


Cinema Studies approaches the history of film and related media from a variety of perspectives: historical, critical, and theoretical. It examines a wide array of texts, from early silent-film-era cinema to YouTube. The advancement of media technology is of particular interest to this field, as the invention of new forms of visual and auditory storytelling necessitates new critical lenses to interpret their societal and political implications. While focused on situating media in the broader contexts of modernism, narrative theory, commercial entertainment and consumer culture, and technologies of production.


The Cinema and Media Studies Concentration consists of 13 courses distributed as follows: 

  • 6 courses to complete the English Core
  • 2 courses to complete the CIMS Core—CIMS 1001 & CIMS 1002
  • 1 course from The One Series (anything within this range: ENGL 4500-4998)
  • 1 Literature Seminar in either Literature Before 1700 (a course with the AEB7 attribute) or Literature Before 1900 (a course with the AEB9 attribute)
  • 2 Literature Seminars in any area (these can be Creative Writing Seminars)
  • Elective(s): One ENGL or CIMS elective that carries at least one of the following attributes: CIMS History & Geography (ACHG); CIMS Format & Theory (ACFT);CIMS Production & Practice (ACPR); CIMS Related Course (ACRL).

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