For students excited by the study of film and media, the Critical Studies track offers the opportunity to consider a wide range of perspectives on culturally, historically, and artistically significant works. You will engage with the aesthetic, political, and moral issues that inevitably arise when closely looking at examples, while broadening your horizons as you learn about the contexts in which they were produced.

You will cultivate analytical, conceptual, communication, and writing skills and gain research tools, all of which provide a strong foundation for media-related fields. Students in the Critical Studies track may go on to pursue graduate study. They are also well-positioned to choose creative careers or work in the media industry.

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
Other Required Courses
CIM 401Nonfiction Film and Digital Media3
CIM 403Film Directors3
CIM 406Genres3
Select three of the following:9
Aspects of Contemporary Cinema
Representations of Sport in Popular Culture
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 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
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
CIM 126 Introduction to Screenwriting 3
CIM 206 History of International Cinema 3
People and Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
CIM 151 Introduction to Digital Filmmaking 3
COM 250 Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics 3
People and Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
COS 211, 333,
Public Speaking
or Business Communication
or Television Performance
3
Choose one of the following: 3
Nonfiction Film and Digital Media  
Film Directors  
Genres  
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Electives 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
Nonfiction Film and Digital Media  
Film Directors  
Genres  
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
Select 3 credit hours in CIM electives 3
Select one of the following: 3
Nonfiction Film and Digital Media  
Film Directors  
Genres  
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
Aspects of Contemporary Cinema  
Representations of Sport in Popular Culture  
National Cinemas  
Women, Media, and Popular Culture  
Internet and Media Activism  
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 514 Motion Picture Studio 3
Select one of the following: 3
Aspects of Contemporary Cinema  
Representations of Sport in Popular Culture  
National Cinemas  
Women, Media, and Popular Culture  
Internet and Media Activism  
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120