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Department of Cinema and Media Studies

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Examine the media that shape our human experience.

Our department offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Cinema & Media Studies (CMS). Through media criticism, film history and culture, and contemporary cinema and technology courses, CMS students investigate how visual media shape our experiences and perceptions of the world. They apply their analytical skills to hands-on practice, including internships.

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Visual media literacy is an increasingly critical skill in diverse fields. Alumni bring valued perspectives and insights to organizations in a wide range of fields spanning media, technology, arts and culture, education, entertainment and more. 

Many CMS students pair their studies with a degree in STEM, the social sciences or a pre-professional field.

Career Paths

Alumni have been successful in roles including: 

  • Assignment editor
  • Digital content producer
  • Film festival programmer
  • Film publicist
  • Marketing director
  • Product designer
  • Educator
  • Script clearance analyst
  • Virtual and augmented reality producer
  • Videographer
  • Screenwriter
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Go further with research

Research topics in our department are as diverse as our students and faculty. Each year, a wide range of scholarly, editorial and translation projects come out of Cinema & Media Studies. Recent faculty projects and publications have covered topics such as global art cinema, feminist approaches to silent film history, and history of production design in Hollywood. Graduate students have participated in research throughout the U.S. as well as in China, Denmark, Russia, Romania, Turkey, Poland, Japan, Taiwan, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Mexico and Switzerland.

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Find Yourself in Cinema & Media Studies

From smartphones to the big screen, explore how media influence society.

Department of Cinema and Media Studies Stories

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Staying Home? Here's What to Watch

Cinema & Media Studies faculty recommend films & TV shows to watch while you're "sheltering in place"during the coronavirus epidemic.

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Race and the Small Screen

In a new course, Professor Stephen Groening explores the factors that have shaped Americans' experience of race on television.

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An Eye for Film

Aspiring filmmaker Justin Roach says his cinema & media studies major helped him develop "a really good eye" for film.