Intended for students interested in media industries, this track offers an in-depth view from a decision-making perspective. You will learn how content is made, while attaining advanced business skills in many aspects from traditional movie outlets to new distribution opportunities, defined by multi-platforms and omni-channels.

You will discover motives, tactics and tools for content creation as well as strategies for choosing which platform best serves a particular story. This track is an excellent choice for students who strive to think critically about the environment the industry operates in and how it can inform your own business strategy.

You will be encouraged to develop your individual talent in a nurturing and collaborative environment, where you begin learning through practical, problem-solving based classes from your first semester on.

Internships, extra-curricular organizations, guest master classes, CIM project-based, study-abroad programs (in Prague, Greece, and Barcelona), and the Semester in Los Angeles Program, give you ample opportunity to further your education in business outside of the classroom.

Curriculum Requirements

Core Courses
CIM 103Survey of Motion Pictures3
CIM 126Introduction to Screenwriting3
CIM 151Introduction to Digital Filmmaking3
CIM 206History of International Cinema3
COM 250Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics3
Advanced Writing and Communication Skills Requirement
COS 211Public Speaking3
or COS 333 Business Communication
or JMM 233 Television Performance
Required Track Core
CIM 364Business of Motion Pictures3
CIM 409Legal Aspects of Motion Pictures3
CIM 465Creative Producing3
Select two of the following:6
Motion Picture Marketing and Distribution 1
Media Distribution for Film and Television
Internship in Cinema and Interactive Media
Projects and Directed Research
Special Topics in Cinema and Interactive Media
JMM Business Focus Elective may count towards this requirement. Please check with CIM advisor
Select one of the following:3
Nonfiction Film and Digital Media
Film Directors
Aspects of Contemporary Cinema
Representations of Sport in Popular Culture
Genres
National Cinemas
Women, Media, and Popular Culture
Internet and Media Activism
Portfolio Requirement
CIM 514Motion Picture Studio3
Additional Requirements 1,2
ENG 105 & ENG 1066
MTH 113 or JMM 285 or STC 1033
People and Society Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
Minor, Second Major and Electives54
Total Credit Hours120

Upper Level Elective Requirement

36 credits at the 300 level or higher are required for graduation. These credits may be earned from your major, minor and/or second major, and electives. 

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
CIM 103 Survey of Motion Pictures 1 3
CIM 151 Introduction to Digital Filmmaking 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 113, JMM 285,
Finite Mathematics
or Applied Statistics for Journalism and Media Management
or Statistical Reasoning for Strategic Communication
3
People and Society Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
CIM 126 Introduction to Screenwriting 3
CIM 206 History of International Cinema 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
People and Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
CIM 364 Business of Motion Pictures 3
COM 250 Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics 3
People and Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor, Second Major or Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
COS 211, 333,
Public Speaking
or Business Communication
or Television Performance
3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
CIM 462 or JMM 434 Motion Picture Marketing and Distribution
or Media Distribution for Film and Television
3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
CIM 409 Legal Aspects of Motion Pictures 3
Select one of the following: 3
Nonfiction Film and Digital Media  
Film Directors  
Aspects of Contemporary Cinema  
Representations of Sport in Popular Culture  
Genres  
National Cinemas  
Women, Media, and Popular Culture  
Internet and Media Activism  
Special Topics in Cinema and Interactive Media  
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
CIM 465 Creative Producing 3
CIM 494 or 499 Internship in Cinema and Interactive Media
or Projects and Directed Research
3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
CIM 514 Motion Picture Studio 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120