Communication and Media Studies Department

Film Studies at USM

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The Department of Communication and Media Studies  offers a minor in Cinema Studies. This minor offers students the opportunity to gain deeper knowledge of one of the most culturally significant media of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  With broad-based and specialized courses on the analysis, history, and theory of many different kinds of cinema—from mainstream Hollywood to the international avant-garde—the Cinema Studies minor provides students a multidimensional understanding of film as art form, product of industry, and mode of communication.

The Cinema Studies minor consists of 18 credit hours of Media Studies courses. In order to declare the minor students must have a minimum 2.0 G.P.A. and have completed the core competency in College Writing English.


Core Courses for Cinema Studies (9 credit hours):

CMS 284 Introduction to Cinema Studies

CMS 286 or 288 History of International Cinema to 1945 or History of International Cinema Since 1945 (History of International Cinema counts towards the international core requirement.)

CMS 394 Theories of Cinema

Electives (Select three courses for a total of 9 credit hours):

CMS 210 Topics in Media Criticism I (only film or cinema courses)

CMS 286 or 288 (History of International Cinema to 1945 or History of International Cinema Since 1945, whichever was not taken for the cinema studies core) 

CMS 310 Topics in Media Criticism II (only film or cinema courses)

CMS 380 Film Genres

CMS 486 Women in Film

CMS 484 Topics in Film

Phi 312: Gender in African Literature and Film (Gender in African Literature and Film counts towards the international core requirement.)

Internships in Communication and Media Studies

Interested in an internship in communication and media studies? Communication majors should contact Russell Kivatisky (russellk@maine.edu) and media studies majors contact Dennis Gilbert (dgilbert@maine.edu) regarding credit requirements. 

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