Frequently Asked Questions

How do I request major credit for my transfer course work?

Please submit information on your transfer course using this Transfer Credit Request Form and attach the syllabus (required).  If you have questions or concerns, please send email to

What can be done with a Cinema Studies degree?

Cinema Studies students will leave the UO with the ability to go on and build remarkable lives for themselves in a wide range of professions related to the media industry- as directors, as producers, writers, editors, curators, marketers, designers, events managers, K-12 teachers… even as professors.

Students in Cinema Studies at the University of Oregon learn to work both as creators and as scholars. They read, think and write but also direct, shoot and edit movies. As a result, they find they have a wide range of employment options when they come to start their careers.

In addition to acquiring many skills specifically related to moving images, our students develop important skills valuable to most businesses, primary among them creative research and problem-solving, good communication skills and the ability to work in and make important contributions to a team.

Our emphasis on interdisciplinary connections and cinema as a global medium means that our students are exposed to diverse ideas and peoples, and consequently, as graduates they are able to establish unique paths for themselves wherever they may go.

There is a surprisingly wide range of opportunities for work in film and media. Many students who graduate pursue further education or additional professional training, while others find first-stage positions and apprenticeships, or even create their own production companies as a way of gaining experience and building connections with potential employers and collaborators.

Jobs in the media industry are often freelance or ad hoc rather than full-time or continuing, which means that graduates in Cinema Studies are frequently surprised to find so many practical applications for the creative, academic and interpersonal skills they’ve acquired and gratified by their emerging abilities to design their own roles in life.

But don’t just believe us:

“Is a Cinema Studies Degree the New M.B.A?” — Article by ELIZABETH VAN NESS. Published in the March 6, 2005 New York Times.

Is there a Cinema Studies minor?

Currently there is no minor in Cinema Studies offered by the program. However, the University, through the English department, still offers a Film Certificate, which can be completed by undergraduate students in any major. Like a minor, completion of the Certificate will appear on your University transcript. The Certificate requires 36 credits for courses in cinema history, aesthetics and theory taught by faculty across campus. Students working towards the Certificate in Film Studies do not, under normal circumstances, have access to Cinema Studies production courses.

I’m lousy at learning foreign languages; can I get a B.S. in Cinema Studies?

No, the major can only be completed with a Bachelor of Arts. If you are planning on double-majoring in Cinema Studies with another major that you are currently completing as a B.S., please schedule an advising appointment to discuss University graduation requirements.

Why is the program called “Cinema Studies”?

Some of the biggest programs in the country, including NYU and USC call themselves “cinema schools,” but more importantly we believe that the term “cinema” signals a larger and more far-reaching set of interests than just “film.” Film is a medium, cinema is a language, arguably the language of the future, that can be seen and heard not just in a movie theater, but online, on the street, and on your phone. Major in the future.

Where is the Cinema Studies Lab?

The Cinema Studies Lab is located in 267 Knight Library.

How can I find out about intern possibilities?

See the Internship page for details, including program guidelines.

Can I get credit towards my degree for my internship?

For more information, see the Internship page and download a copy of the guidelines.

Who do I contact about teaching for the Cinema Studies Program?

Please send a cover letter and resume to Timothy McGovney. BTW, you should know that it does really rain a lot here.

Can I check out a Cinema Studies camera?

Cinema Studies cameras and equipment are limited to Cinema Studies students currently enrolled in Cinema Studies production classes   However, CMET now has cameras just like ours (HD Canon) that all students, even if you’re not a Cinema Studies major, can check-out for use. Information about CMET cameras can be found here:

The Cinema Studies Equipment Room is located in the Knight Library Room 18.  For more information, please visit the Equipment Room Information page.