Communication and Media Studies Department

Minor in Cinema Studies

The Cinema Studies minor offers students a multidimensional understanding of movies as forms of art, products of industry, and modes of communication. The program can serve as a base of knowledge for students intending to enter careers in the media, as a foundation for further study, and/or as the opportunity to gain deeper insight into one of the most culturally significant media of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.


The minor consists of 15 credit hours of film or cinema studies CMS 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. A grade of "C" or higher is required on all coursework for the minor.  

Core (6 credits):
CMS 284 Intro to Cinema Studies
And either
CMS 286 History of International Cinema to 1945 
Or 288 History of International Cinema  Since 1945
Or CMS 394 Theories of Cinema

Electives (9 credits):
Choose 3 courses
CMS 210 Topics in Media Criticism I (only film or cinema topics)
CMS 286 or 288 (History of International Cinema to 1945 or Since 1945, whichever was not taken for the core)
CMS 310 Topics in Media Criticism II (only film or cinema courses)
CMS 380 Film Genres
CMS 394 Theories of Cinema (if not taken for the core)
CMS 484 Advanced Topics in Cinema Studies
CMS 486 Women in Film
CRM 320 Film & Social Order
ENG 348 Topics in Cultural Studies: Stanley Kubrick 
ENG 348 Topics in Cultural Studies: Shakespeare & Film
HTY 394 Women, Work & Resistance in Film
MUS 205 Music in Film
PHI 221 Philosophy in Film
PHI 312 Gender in African Literature & Film

Ralph Blumenthal Talk

Ralph BlumenthalProfessors Matthew Killmeier and Jerry LaSala were recently awarded a Maine Humanities Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative Project Grant with matching funds from USM Provost Uzzi’s office.  The funds were used to bring Ralph Blumenthal, former New York Times investigative reporter to campus for a lecture and student workshop. Blumenthal and team won a Pulitzer for reporting on the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, which was the subject of his talk on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Pulitzer-winner Ralph Blumenthal's recent talk at USM is now available as an audio file. Blumethal's talk was sponsored by a Maine Humanities Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative Project Grant awarded to Professors Matthew Killmeier and Jerry LaSala.


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