In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all cinema 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)
    *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.