The general track gives students flexibility and range as well as depth of focus. This track offers a unique edge in today’s expanding technological landscape, providing breadth, versatility, and the advanced skills that will position you to succeed in a number of media careers.

Students select a primary specialization from one of the following areas: production, screenwriting, business, documentary, graphics and animation, games, or critical studies. Students choose an additional six credits of electives. It is recommended, though not required, that these six electives be chosen from a single area creating a secondary specialization.

Some students prefer not to check just one box as they go along their academic journey. The general track appeals to students who like to step out of the box and customize the cinema major to their individual goals.

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
Select one of the following:3
Nonfiction Film and Digital Media
Film Directors
Aspects of Contemporary Cinema
Genres
National Cinemas
Women, Media, and Popular Culture
Internet and Media Activism
Special Topics in Cinema and Interactive Media
Portfolio Requirement
CIM 514Motion Picture Studio3
Select a primary specialization from one of the following options:9
Production
Motion Picture Workshop: Storytelling
Intermediate Filmmaking
Advanced Filmmaking Workshop
Screenwriting
Intermediate Screenwriting
Writing for Series Television
Advanced Screenwriting
Business
Business of Motion Pictures
Creative Producing
Legal Aspects of Motion Pictures
Documentary
Essentials of Documentary Film
Science Documentary: Autism
Documentary Production
Graphics and Animation
Building Virtual Worlds
Motion Graphics and Compositing
Special Topics in Cinema and Interactive Media
3D Design and Graphics
Games
Introduction to Game Design
Social Impact Games
Special Topics in Cinema and Interactive Media
Critical Studies
Nonfiction Film and Digital Media
Aspects of Contemporary Cinema
Genres
Select 6 elective credits from the following areas: 16
Production
Motion Picture Workshop: Storytelling
Post Production Sound Editing and Design
Cinematography
Editing
360 Immersive Storytelling
Directing Techniques I
Advanced Cinematography
Advanced Editing
Internship in Cinema and Interactive Media
Special Topics in Cinema and Interactive Media
Directing the Actor for Film
Screenwriting
Intermediate Screenwriting
Writing for Series Television
Writing the Feature Film-Online
Advanced Television Writing
Internship in Cinema and Interactive Media
Projects in Screenwriting
Adaptation
Character and Dialogue
Special Topics in Cinema and Interactive Media
Business
Business of Motion Pictures
Creative Producing
Legal Aspects of Motion Pictures
Motion Picture Marketing and Distribution
Internship in Cinema and Interactive Media
Documentary
Global Issues and Filmmaking: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Science Documentary: Autism
Documentary Production
Internship in Cinema and Interactive Media
Special Topics in Cinema and Interactive Media
Games
Interaction Design
Introduction to Game Design
Mobile Application Development
Social Impact Games
Internship in Cinema and Interactive Media
Intro to Creative Coding
Special Topics in Cinema and Interactive Media
Graphics and Animation
Motion Graphics and Compositing
Advanced Motion Graphics and Compositing
Advanced 3D Character Design and Motion Capture
Internship in Cinema and Interactive Media
Special Topics in Cinema and Interactive Media
3D Design and Graphics
Critical Studies
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
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
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
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
CIM 126 Introduction to Screenwriting 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
People and Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
CIM 206 History of International Cinema 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
CIM Primary Specialization Elective 3
COS 211, 333,
Public Speaking
or Business Communication
or Television Performance
3
People and Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
CIM Primary Specialization Elective 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 Primary Specialization Elective 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 Secondary Specialization Elective 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 514 Motion Picture Studio 3
CIM Secondary Specialization 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