Degree Requirements

Cinema Studies (BA, BS)

The Cinema Studies degree consists of 56 credits divided among four categories: Fundamentals, Core Courses, Production, and Electives.  For more information related to the Cinema Studies degree and the University of Oregon general education requirements, visit the Bachelor’s Degree page on the Office of the Registrar website.

Students should meet with a Media, Arts & Expression (MAE) Flight Path advisor to monitor progress toward their Cinema Studies major and core degree requirements.


Fundamental courses (16 credits) introduce majors to three central approaches to Cinema Studies: historical, social/institutional and aesthetic.

  • All students must complete J 201, CINE 260M, and two of the three courses in the History of Motion Picture sequence CINE 265, CINE 266, CINE 267, which may be taken in any order.  It is recommended that students complete their fundamental courses within their first academic year at UO and/or within the first year of declaration of the Cinema Studies major.
  • Note:  Completion of all Fundamentals courses is required before taking Production courses.


Core courses (24 credits) strengthen students’ understanding of cinema as a dynamic, multicultural, and transnational phenomenon. Please visit the term course list page for offerings.

  • Students must complete six core courses, with at least one from each subcategory: Core A (Cinema Industries); Core B (Theory and Criticism); and Core C (Global/Transnational Cinema).
  • For students who declared the Cinema Studies major Fall 2013 or later: two courses in the Core (8 credits out of the required 24) must be taken directly from the Department of Cinema Studies curriculum (“CINE” prefix). These two courses can be taken from any of the three subcategories (Core A-C). 


Production courses (8 credits; 4 credits from Production A and 4 credits from Production B) give all majors a chance to learn the essentials of media production.

  • After completing the Fundamentals requirements, students may enroll in one of the following Production A courses: ARTD 256, CINE 270 or J 208.
  • After successful completion of a Production A course, students are eligible to register for Production B courses (various topics in production; please see term course list page for offerings).


Electives (8 credits) allow students to broaden their exposure to cinema and media studies.  These courses are not focused exclusively on cinema but instead study it in relation to other modes of inquiry (philosophy, literary studies, journalism).

  • Fundamentals, Production, and/or Core courses beyond the required credit amount for each category may also satisfy CINE major requirements. Elective credit for the major may also be derived from internship and/or independent study. Should you have any questions about what may count as elective credit, please contact a Tykeson Hall MAE Flight Path Advisor at

All major courses must be taken for a letter grade, and students must earn a grade of “C” or better for credit toward the major.  At least 28 credits in the major must be taken in residence at the UO.

Requirements for the major in Cinema Studies

Fundamentals (four courses) 16
Core Courses (six courses) 24
Production (two courses) 8
Electives (two courses) 8


Students will receive department honors upon graduation if they have a final cumulative GPA in Cinema Studies coursework of at least 3.75.