In addition to meeting  General Education requirements and other degree requirements, all Cinema and Television Studies majors must meet the following requirements (53–54 credits):

  • CIN 1500/Introduction to Cinema Studies I (4 credits)
  • CIN 1510/Introduction to Cinema Studies II (4 credits)
  • One art history course (3–4 credits), chosen from the following or approved by the cinema studies program coordinator:
    ARH 1020/History of Art Survey II
    ARH 1060/Touchstones of Modern Art
    ARH 1070/The Work of Images: The Function of Art in Western Culture
    ARH 2050/Introduction to Modern Art
    ARH 2060/Art Since 1945
  • CIN 3005/Cinema and the Archive (4 credits)
  • One of the following courses (4 credits):
    CIN 2000/Close Analysis
    CIN 2500/Principles of Montage
  • Five upper-level elective courses in cinema studies* (20 credits total)
    • One of the five elective courses must be a course focused on Television Studies. These courses include:
      • CIN3065/Netflix in Latin America
      • CIN3070/Television Studies
      • CIN3075/History of American Television
      • CIN3095/Canadian Film and Television 
      • CIN 3280/Self Documentary
      • CIN3500/Cinema in the Internet Age
      • CIN3875: Environmental Media
      • MSA3020/Reality TV
      • NME3010/Cross-Cultural Video Production

*Learning assistantships, internships and independent studies cannot be used to satisfy this requirement. 

  • CIN 3890/Cinema Studies Junior Seminar (4 credits)
  • CIN 4890/Cinema Studies Senior Colloquium (2 credits)
  • SPJ 4990/Senior Project I (4 credits)
  • SPJ 4991/Senior Project II (4 credits)


  • A grade of B or higher is required in CIN 1500 and 1510.
  • To advance to the sophomore year, students must pass a qualifying examination in film history and aesthetics, which is given at the end of the freshman year.

Effective: 2020-21:

CIN3005/Cinema and the Archive is a required course. Number of upper level elective courses changed from six to five.

Effective Fall 2022:

Students will be able to formally declare Cinema and Television Studies as a major as of Fall 2022.