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What will I learn?

Studies in Cinema and Media Culture (SCMC) examines cinema by emphasizing its location within the intricate social, historical, and cultural matrix of audiovisual forms and practices. Core courses and electives are offered not only in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (CSCL), but also in a number of other contributing departments. Through the program's interdisciplinary framework, students explore the sounds and images of cinema as they have changed throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Print, photography, radio, television, video, and digital media are also considered crucial to understanding the medium. Students develop the ability to "read" the production and circulation of meaning in cinema, especially within the institutions of mass culture; examine the history of cinema cultures; engage the cross-cultural and global dynamics of cinema production and reception; and explore the theoretical models that have shaped thinking about the cinema and its relations to other media. Although the major includes a production component, its principal focus is on cultural contexts, history, and theory.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$35,913.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January, September 2022


College of Liberal Arts

215 Johnston Hall,

101 Pleasant Street SE,



55455, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements:  MELAB score of 80.

For international students

Student must have a high school graduation. Minimum High School Course Requirements: English - 4 years; Mathematics - 4 years; Science - 3 years; Social studies - 3 years; Single second language - 2 years; Visual and/or performing arts - 1 year.

English Language Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL iBT – 79; IELTS Academic – 6.5; MELAB – 80; Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic) – 59; Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) C1 Advanced – 180.


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