The Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS) major combines the critical study of moving image and sound media with digital video and audio production. Courses range from global and Hollywood film studies to fiction and nonfiction filmmaking, animation, television studio production and genre studies, moving image media installations, and writing for film and television.

The integration of theory and practice is a guiding principle in the formulation of the curriculum, reflecting a liberal arts philosophy in which theory and practice are mutually informing.

Major Requirements

Seventy-two credits are required for the major: forty-eight credits in core courses and twenty-four credits in elective courses. In the core curriculum, students are required to enroll in CAMS 110 and CAMS 111, two 200-level production courses (one of which must be CAMS 270 or CAMS 271), two 200-level film history courses (one of which must be CAMS 210, CAMS 211 or CAMS 214) and one 300-level theory seminar (CAMS 320, CAMS 330). In addition to the core curriculum, students are required to enroll in four elective courses, choosing from courses taught departmentally as well as extra-departmentally, with limits of three production courses and two courses taught extra-departmentally counting towards elective credit for the major. In the senior-year comps project, students are asked to develop projects furthering their work in the curriculum.

  • Two 100-level Introductory Courses (12 credits):
    • CAMS 110 Introduction to Cinema and Media Studies
    • CAMS 111 Digital Foundations
  • One 300-level Seminar (6 credits).
  • Four Elective Courses (24 credits). Credit for elective courses may be obtained by enrolling in any departmental or approved extra-departmental courses with the following stipulations:
    a) Any CAMS course not fulfilling a core requirement can serve as an elective course for the CAMS major.
    b) A limit of 18 credits in production courses count in fulfillment of elective credit for the major. The production courses currently taught in the department are listed below. Any of these courses can serve as electives for the major (up to a limit of 18 credits) as long as the course is not already serving in fulfillment of a core requirement for the major.
    • CAMS 177 Television Studio Production
    • CAMS 242 Sound and Music in TV and New Media (not offered in 2019-20)
    • CAMS 245 The Essay Film
    • CAMS 265 Sound Design
    • CAMS 267 Cinema in Europe Program: Exploring Cinema in Europe (not offered in 2019-20)
    • CAMS 268 Cinema in Europe Program: Cinema Production Workshop (not offered in 2019-20)
    • CAMS 270 Nonfiction
    • CAMS 271 Fiction
    • CAMS 273 Digital Editing Workshop
    • CAMS 278 Writing for Television
    • CAMS 279 Screenwriting (not offered in 2019-20)
    • CAMS 286 Animation (not offered in 2019-20)
    • CAMS 288 Experimental Film & Video Production (not offered in 2019-20)
    • CAMS 370 Production Workshop I
    • CAMS 371 Advanced Production Workshop II
  • A limit of 12 credits in extra-departmental elective courses count in fulfillment of elective credit for the major.
    • AMST 325 Oscars So White: Thinking about Race and Hollywood
    • ARTH 171 History of Photography (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ARTH 172 Modern Art: 1890-1945 (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ARTH 240 Art Since 1945 (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ARTH 241 Contemporary Art for Artists
    • ARTS 140 The Digital Landscape
    • ARTS 141 Experimental Photography
    • ARTS 238 Photography I
    • ARTS 339 Advanced Photo: Digital Imaging
    • CHIN 240 Chinese Cinema in Translation (not offered in 2019-20)
    • CHIN 250 Chinese Popular Culture in Translation
    • CHIN 348 Advanced Chinese: The Mass Media (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 245 Bollywood Nation
    • ENGL 247 The American West (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 248 Visions of California
    • ENGL 288 California Program: The Literature of California (not offered in 2019-20)
    • ENGL 362 Narrative Theory (not offered in 2019-20)
    • FREN 233 French Cinema and Culture (not offered in 2019-20)
    • HIST 222 Slavery in Film, Literature, and History (not offered in 2019-20)
    • HIST 235 Bringing the English Past to (Virtual) Life (not offered in 2019-20)
    • HIST 316 History, Nature & Smartphones (not offered in 2019-20)
    • JAPN 231 Japanese Cinema in Translation (not offered in 2019-20)
    • JAPN 244 The World of Anime in Translation
    • LCST 245 The Critical Toolbox: Who’s Afraid of Theory?
    • MELA 121 East-West in Israeli and Palestinian Fiction and Film (not offered in 2019-20)
    • MUSC 115 Listening to the Movies
    • POSC 203 Political Communication: Political Advertising in Elections and Public Policy (not offered in 2019-20)
    • POSC 204 Media and Electoral Politics: 2018 United States Election (not offered in 2019-20)
    • POSC 205 News Media and Democratic Electoral Processes
    • POSC 214 Visual Representations of Political Thought and Action (not offered in 2019-20)
    • POSC 220 Politics and Political History in Film (not offered in 2019-20)
    • POSC 303 Political Communication: Political Advertising in Elections and Public Policy* (not offered in 2019-20)
    • RELG 357 Televangelists and Cyber-Shaykhs: Explorations in Religion and Media (not offered in 2019-20)
    • SPAN 244 Spain Today: Recent Changes through Narrative and Film
    • SPAN 328 The Contemporary Spanish Fictional Essay
    • SPAN 356 The Political and Cultural History of the Cuban Revolution
    • THEA 320 Live Performance and Digital Media
    • WGST 389 Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Popular Culture
  • Integrative Exercise CAMS 400 (6 credits)
    Students proposing production projects for comps are strongly encouraged to apply to enroll in CAMS 370 Production Workshop I during the fall term of their senior year and are expected to enroll in CAMS 371 Production Workshop II and CAMS 400 during the winter term of their senior year. Students proposing writing projects for comps have the option to enroll in CAMS 400 in the fall or winter terms of their senior year.

Students considering a major in Cinema and Media Studies are encouraged to take CAMS 110 Introduction to Cinema and Media Studies and CAMS 111 Digital Foundations by the end of their sophomore year and at least one 200-level film history course (CAMS 210 Film History I, CAMS 211 Film History II, or CAMS 214 Film History III), one 200-level production course (CAMS 270 Nonfiction or 271 Fiction), and the 300-level theory seminar (CAMS 320 Sound Studies Seminar or CAMS 330 Cinema Studies Seminar) by the end of their junior year.