Cinema and Media Studies Major

Goals for the Cinema and Media Studies Major

Students in the CAMS major will learn that the various media we use/interact with are not only the products of human imagination and expression, but are an influential, perhaps primary, means by which we come to understand  the world and ourselves in it as thinking, communicating, and interacting members of ethnicities, genders, classes, societies, nations, and global communities.

Students who complete the CAMS major will have:

Requirements for the Cinema and Media Studies Major

The major in Cinema and Media Studies requires 10 units and offers two areas of concentration, Cinema/Media Studies and Video/Media Production. Students choose either the Studies track or the Production track at the time they elect the major.

Common Requirements

Students in both tracks are required to take the following:

  1. CAMS 101, Introduction to Cinema and Media Studies
  2. CAMS 201, Between Magic and Reality: A Century of Cinema, Part I 
  3. CAMS 202, Between Reality and Magic: A Century of Cinema, Part II
  4. One theory course, which can be fulfilled by one of these two courses:

In addition to the common requirements, students electing the Studies track must take:

  1. Two core courses, to be chosen from among these:

In addition to the common requirements, students electing the Production track must take:

  1. One core course (to be chosen from the list above)
  2. Four additional studio courses to be selected among the following (or equivalent) courses:

Honors

Candidates for Departmental Honors in CAMS complete a senior thesis in two units of independent study/thesis (CAMS 360, CAMS 370) undertaken in the fall and spring of the senior year. To be admitted to the thesis program, a student must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 in all work in the major field above the 100 level; the program may petition on her behalf if her GPA in the major is between 3.0 and 3.5. See Academic Distinctions.

 

For majors in the Studies track, the route to honors is writing a thesis paper and passing an oral examination on the content and argument of the paper. A senior thesis engages a topic involving year-long research resulting in a polished paper of 50-100 pages in length. For a student who has a clear idea of what she wants to investigate, a well-considered plan of research, and a willingness to accept the responsibility of working independently, a senior thesis can be a rewarding experience.

 

Honors in the Production track is earned by the demonstration of excellence in a self-directed senior thesis project. A Production thesis consists of an extended piece or body of visual work produced over two semesters; this work normally involves research, script-writing, and pre-production, production, and post-production phases. The final work is accompanied by a paper of 15-20 pages documenting the development of the project, and is exhibited at a public showing at the end of the semester.

 

Courses for Credit Toward the Cinema and Media Studies Major

For the following courses to count toward the major, CAMS majors are advised to request approval from the Program Director before registering.

AFR 207 Images of Africana People Through the Cinema

1.0

AFR 222 Blacks and Women in American Cinema

1.0

AFR 261 History of Black American Cinema

1.0

AMST 274 / WGST 274 Rainbow Cowboys (and Girls): Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality in Westerns

1.0

ANTH 219 Balkan Cinematic Representations

1.0

ANTH 239 Visual Culture of South Asia

1.0

FREN 222 French Cinema from the Lumière Brothers to the Present: The Formation of Modernity

1.0

FREN 300 Post-Apocalyptic Cinema

1.0

FREN 314 A Cinematic History of Intellectual Ideas in Post-WWII France: The Politics of Art

1.0

ITAS 261 Italian Cinema (in English)

1.0

JPN 130 / THST 130 Japanese Animation (in English)

1.0

  The Historical Imagination in Japanese Cinema (in English)

1.0

THST 130 / JPN 130 Japanese Animation (in English)

1.0

/ Why is Miley in Malaysia?: Global Art, Media, and Culture

1.0

SPAN 265 Latin American Cinema

1.0

SPAN 268 Contemporary Spanish Cinema

1.0

SPAN 315 Seminar: Luis Buñuel and the Search for Freedom and Morality

1.0

THST 209 Scenic Design as a Collaborative Art

1.0

 

Related Courses

Attention Called

MUS 277 Interactive Sound Art with Electronics

1.0

RAST 222 Firebird! The Russian Arts Under Tsars and Commissars

1.0

RAST 322 Firebird! The Russian Arts Under Tsars and Commissars

1.0